Assitant Professor, PhD, 
Shenkar College of Engineering and Design, Ramat Gan,

I was born in Jerusalem, Israel, and grew up there. After my “military service” (which actually consisted in living and working in a border Kibbutz), I returned to that town and studied economics and philosophy (both for the BA and MA degrees). At that time I was very interested in continental philosophy, and was glad to get a scholarship for doctoral studies in France. I spent a year at the University of Lille (where Prof. Erich Weil, has diverted for a while my preoccupation with Hegelian vs. Husserlian phenomenology - and the Marxian counterpart to both - to Toqueville’s study of the American democracy). I spent another year at the University of Paris (where Prof. Gouhier encouraged me to go further with a former study about Bergson in comparison to Whitehead and the American pragmatists). At the same period I also got better acquainted with Nietzschean ideas and the approaches of various existentialist thinkers.  I When I came back to the Hebrew University I found there a new atmosphere, where both continental and pragmatist philosophers had to stand the attacks of analytical philosophers. I dedicated some times to understand their claims and tools, and in that excursion added Wittgenstein to my list of intriguing philosophers. At a later stage I added the equally challenging voice of Levi-Strauss. My doctoral dissertation, which I presented at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, dealt with the conflicting voices, and related also to my dissatisfaction with some presuppositions of liberal economics. Its subject was the different approaches to the problem of inter-subjectivity and their implications to social scientific presuppositions and methodology.  

After several years of academic teaching and research (mainly at the University of Tel Aviv, I felt the need to examine some controversial philosophical positions from the empirical perspectives of the psychologists and psycho-linguistics, but encountered there the same debates With that background my evolving interest in the philosophical voices within psychoanalysis and against it was rather natural. 

I also developed an interest in the practical application of knowledge, and my subsequent study of psychology, during a three years stay in New York, I was involved with both empirical and clinical aspects. With my philosophical background I was, however, quite selective, and looked for domains that would be compatible with my skepticism. I went on to the study of cognitive psychology and family therapy, but ended by practicing philosophical counseling.

During all that time I continued to teach and write philosophy, looking for ways to make philosophy more accessible for non-professionals, and fighting at the actual trend of some schools to form “instant philosophers”, that are mobilized to use “critically” philosophical slogans for practical causes, without understanding of nuances or presuppositions, and without any raining for critical thinking.

I actually live in Tel Aviv, am married, have two sons and one grandchild. 


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