|23 March, 2010 |
| Israel Prize for philosophy awarded to Hebrew U. Prof. Avishai Margalit |
| Prof. Avishai Margalit |
Prof. Avishai Margalit of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem has been chosen to receive the Israel Prize for 2010 in philosophy. The announcement of the prize, Israel’s highest civilian honor, was made by Israel Minister of Education Gideon Sa’ar.
Prof. Margalit was selected for the prize by a committee that described him as ''one of the most important philosophers in the State of Israel and one of the most valued in the world today.''
Prof. Avishai Margalit was born in the Keren Avraham neighborhood of Jerusalem in 1939. He studied at a high school next to the Hebrew University and then did his army service in Nachal. In 1960, he started his studies at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, majoring in economics and philosophy. He earned his B.A. in 1963, his M.A in philosophy in 1965. During his doctoral studies, he studied and taught at Queen's College in Oxford University, and received a Ph.D. summa cum laude in 1970 from the Hebrew University.
He then returned to the Hebrew University as a lecturer in the department of philosophy, and in 1998, was appointed as the Shulman Professor of Philosophy. He retired from the Hebrew University as a professor emeritus in 2006.
During his years at the Hebrew University, he served as head of the department of philosophy and became known as a charismatic and inspiring lecturer. In 1999, he initiated the founding of the P.P.E. program – Politics, Philosophy and Economics – at the university. His research and first publications deal with the philosophy of language, philosophy of logic, philosophy of general English, and rational concept. Over time, he also began writing about philosophical education of empiric evidence of social psychology and cognitive psychology. In recent years, he has published books on philosophy of society, of religion, of institution, of the state and of culture.
Prof. Margalit has been awarded a number of prestigious prizes during his academic career, among them: Spinoza Lens Prize in Amsterdam under the auspices of the International Spinoza Foundation for 'a significant contribution to the normative debate on society' in 2001, and the Emet Prize in 2007 from the Israeli Prime Minister for excellence in academic and professional achievements that have far-reaching influence and for his significant contribution to society.
Prof. Margalit is currently the George Kennan Professor at the Institute of Advanced Studies at Princeton University. He is married to Prof. Edna Ullman-Margalit, who is also a researcher at the Hebrew University. He is also a member of the Center for the Study if Rationality at the Hebrew University. They have four children and five grandchildren.
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