Avishai Margalit

Israel, 1939

Avishai Margalit is a philosopher who has become famous for his ideas on social and ethical issues. He has explored social constructions such as human dignity, memory as a constructive force and moral responsibility in times of conflict. Professor Margalit wrote several influential works, including The Decent Society (1998), Occidentalism: The West in the Eyes of its Enemies (2004), together with Ian Buruma, and most recently, On Compromise and Rotten Compromises (2010). He was awarded with the Spinozalens (2001), the Israel Prize in Philosophy (2010) and the Dr. Leopold-Lucas-Preis (2011). In 1978, he was one of the founders of the Peace Now movement. In 2004, Margalit held the annual Nexus Lecture: Occidentalism.