Prof. Shaul Katzir
Head of the Cohn Institute, specializes in the history of science and technology in their social, philosophical, cultural, and practical context, from ancient Greece to the present, focusing on the development of physics and related technologies in the 19th and 20th centuries.
Prof. Yoav Ariel
World expert in Chinese philosophy and translator from classical Chinese to Hebrew of central texts in Daoist philosophy and religion, specializes in comparative philosophy and in digital humanities.
Amazing as it might sound, Bach's "Well-Tempered Clavier – Book 1" and Mozart's "Symphony No. 40 in G minor" [K. 550] generate, as they begin, completely different melodies – nevertheless, they share the very same harmonic structure. Can we explore similar phenomena in the “music” that formed world philosophical traditions? To a great extent – yes! I provide students a key information on the formation of the classical trends of Chinese philosophy and compare them with striking similarities that we can explore in Western philosophies, values, and beliefs and thereby promote the idea of philosophical universality.
Prof. Menachem Fisch
Joseph and Ceil Mazer Professor of History and Philosophy of Science Emeritus, and Director of the Center for Religious and Interreligious Studies at Tel Aviv University, specializes in philosophy of mind and self, the critical nature of normativity and rationality, the nature of scientific revolutions, Talmudic dialogue, and philosophy of emotions and its political contexts.
I present to students the problem that has stumped contemporary philosophy of mind, self, agency, language and science, namely, how is it possible to hold our normative commitments in rational critical check, if it is by means of those very norms that we perform such critical assessments? I solve it by arguing that, although it is impossible to do so by talking to oneself, exposure to the trusted normative critique of people committed differently is capable of destabilizing the commitments they question sufficiently for us to do so. The problem and solution are traced forth in three major areas of human endeavor: science – with special reference to the rationality of scientific revolutions – religion – focusing on Talmudic Judaism as a unique paradigm of such awareness – and politics – as a major resource for pluralism and corrective to political liberalism.
Dr. Ilana Arbel
Academic advisor, specializes in modern and postmodern political philosophy, from Thomas Hobbs, J. J. Rousseau, to Karl Marx, Max Weber, Karl Popper and Michel Foucault.
Apart from my ongoing aspiration to impart knowledge to the students, I perceive my mission as an instructor of critical thinking. Therefore, I am thrilled to be told by students who graduate the Program, year after year, “I am not the same person that I had been when I started my studies”.
Dr. Shai Biderman
Specializes in philosophy of film, media and popular culture, and in the relations between contemporary media theories and philosophy.
The Zeitgeist of the digital era rests on technological evolution, social developments (and regressions) and vast consumerism. However, its true (and more complex) nature rests on its deep impact on the way we think and handle ourselves in a changing world. Philosophy, now as it has ever been, is in the forefront of such changes. As the everlasting cultural guardian of systematic thought, reasoning, and contemplation—it faces the need to correspond with such changes, and to redefine itself accordingly. The obvious candidate to take the philosophical leadership is, in my mind, the digitally enhanced visual medium. Led by Marshall McLuhan's dictum “the medium is the message", I investigate the scope and nature of “medial philosophy” (namely, philosophy in the age of digital media and advanced technology), in hope to better explain the present, and (hopefully) be better prepared for the mysteries of the future.
Dr. Carmel Weissman
Specializes in digital culture, focusing on digital discourse, religion and technology, algorithmic culture, and the posthuman aspects of technological culture.
Digital culture is no longer just my discipline, it describes our entire lifeworld these days. Our ubiquitous interactions with non-human agents and disembodied virtual experiences, place us in a post-human condition. In some cases, our humanistic social and critical theory fails us, however, in other cases relevant wisdom may be drawn from surprising historic sources. My goal is to unpack our contemporary concerns with the best appropriate tools human knowledge has to offer.
Dr. Ofer Nordheimer Nur
Specializes in the history and the critical sociology of cyberspace, focusing on questions of gender, masculinity, and pornography in the online world.
By examining digital culture and life online using different theories from sociology and cultural studies, and by making a nuanced appraisal of the ongoing controversy raging between and cyberutopians and cyberskeptics, I believe that I provide students with an intellectual toolbox for a more sophisticated understanding of the information age.
Dr. Noa Gedi
Academic manager, specializes in modern philosophy, in critical theory, in philosophy of history, and in philosophy of culture, focusing on questions of meaning and representation.
From my experience we rarely consider or account for the meaning of the concepts we employ. We become accustomed to their usage in different contexts, and often enough lapse into ambiguity and contradiction. This becomes particularly conspicuous when a new cultural phenomenon emerges – a new technology, a new system of thought or ideology, a new industry, a new form of art, etc. – or when we supposedly enter a new cultural phase, like that of digital culture. I strive to engage students in an extensive conceptual query that requires them to shake off old habits of mind and to rethink and redefine the things that surround them every day.
Dr. Itzhak Yosef
Specializes in the philosophy and history of science, and in mathematics and physics, specifically in the causal structure of space-time in the general theory of relativity.
Dr. Kuti Shoham
Specializes in Greek and modern philosophy, in philosophy of economics, in philosophy of psychology, and in existentialism, focusing on controversies.
We live in a fascinating era and strive to live our lives the best we can. But even when we feel successful, we intuitively understand that something essential is still missing. I think that without learning Philosophy one can never ease this mental discomfort. My vocation involves guiding my students through the history of Western philosophy in order that each one of them will find her own answers to the puzzles of life, or rather feel captivated by its richness and depths.
Dr. Hagit Keysar
Researches and creates visual digital culture and specializes in open code communities, participation technologies, and communitarian civil science, focusing on the politics of aerial space and civil bird’s-eye view in the age of multirotor.
I provide students with a broad understanding of the interdisciplinary field of Science and Technology Studies (STS). By taking up an integrative approach to the role of science and technology in shaping our social and political life, students are able to ask urgent social questions on the contemporary meanings of expertise, certainty and truth in times in which “post truth” and “fake news” are turning into common idioms in public discourse, and to critically analyze different contemporary configurations of techno-social participation and concepts such as public participation, participatory inequality, civic technoscience, feminist data science, community science, and data ideologies.
Dr. Idan Shimoni
Specializes in modern philosophy, from John Lock and Gottfried Leibnitz to David Hume and Emanuel Kant, and in philosophy of management.
Dr. Ori Rotlevi
Specializes in the history of modern philosophy and in continental philosophy, focusing on practices of political resistance in the Marxist tradition and in Foucault.
The googlization of the world radically changed not only the access to knowledge but the very nature of knowledge. It became explicitly social. How can we understand this change from the limited perspective of the present? I provide our students with the essential tools to critically understand this aspect of our times by examining the past as a key to the present. By attending to the social aspects of the history of knowledge - institutions, traditions, disciplines and communities of knowledge - they learn that history offers us fresh critical perspectives to understand the major epistemological change of our own period.
Dr. Oren Bader
Areas of expertise include phenomenology, the philosophy of biology, and the philosophy of cognitive and neuroscience, with a special emphasis on intersubjectivity and its alterations within mental disorders.
I strive to encourage critical thinking that considers the impact of new technologies on the way humans experience their world and act within it, to develop a multidisciplinary perspective on the human-technology interface, which is informed both by philosophical and empirical debates, and to motivate students to engage in self-directed learning and content mastery through discovery and generation of knowledge.