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Avishai Margalit

Avishai Margalit is Professor Emeritus of Philosophy at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. His most recent book is On Betrayal.
 (May 2019)

Diego Maradona of Argentina scoring his ‘hand of God’ goal past Peter Shilton of England in the World Cup quarter-finals, Mexico City, June 1986

Monday Morning Philosophers

Knowing the Score: What Sports Can Teach Us About Philosophy (And What Philosophy Can Teach Us About Sports)

by David Papineau

What We Think About When We Think About Soccer

by Simon Critchley

March 22, 2018 issue

Obama and the Rotten Compromise

In reading the reports on President Obama’s Nobel speech in Oslo, one gets the impression that the President was offering a dose of realism to a gathering of fjord-loving well-meaning village idiots. He reminded them that an imperfect world should be governed not only by a pacifist vision of non-violence, but also by a theory of just war that tells us under what conditions a war is morally justified. This invocation of just wars was praised by both conservatives and liberals, who have applauded what they call Obama’s “Niebuhrian realism” and his drawing on a “venerable moral tradition” to give legitimacy to military engagement with “hostile regimes and networks in the world.” But having a realistic view of what a war can accomplish is part and parcel of just war doctrine, and it is precisely Obama’s realism about the war in Afghanistan that we should question.

December 17, 2009

Israel: The Writers’ Writer

Midnight Convoy and Other Stories

by S. Yizhar, translated from the Hebrew by Misha Louvish and others, with an introduction by Dan Miron

Preliminaries

by S. Yizhar, translated from the Hebrew by Nicholas de Lange, with an introduction by Dan Miron

Khirbet Khizeh

by S. Yizhar, translated from the Hebrew by Nicholas de Lange and Yaacob Dweck, with an afterword by David Shulman

September 24, 2009 issue

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