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. His 2002 book The Ethics of Memory was a landmark work in the philosophy of memory, suggesting that memory is an ethical duty that can help bind communities together. Margalit wrote several other influential works, including The Decent Society (1998), Occidentalism: The West in the Eyes of its Enemies (2004, with Ian Buruma), On Compromise and Rotten Compromises (2010) and On Betrayal (2017). 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 1996, Margalit was one of the speakers at the very first Nexus Conference, The Legacy of the Twentieth Century: The Politics of Amnesia.