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Brinker, Menachem


BRINKER, MENACHEM (1935– ), scholar of philosophy and literature. Brinker was born in Jerusalem. In 1956 he received his B.A. in literature and philosophy and in 1960 his M.A. in philosophy, both from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. He received his Ph.D. from Tel Aviv University in 1973. In 1968 he became a teacher in the Department of Philosophy and in 1969 in the Department of Literature at Tel Aviv University. In 1969–70 he was the editor of Massa, a literary journal. In 1974 he founded and served as editor (until 1978) of Emdah, a journal for culture and social affairs. In 1976–79 he was the chairman of the Israel Association of Philosophy. In 1978–79 he taught literature and Jewish studies at Harvard University. In 1988 he became a full professor at the Hebrew University and in 2000 professor emeritus. In 2004 he was awarded the Israel Prize.

Brinker had some 250 publications, including five books. He wrote on Sartre, Spinoza, and Nietzsche as well as Tolstoy, Dostoyevsky, and Shakespeare. He edited Jerusalem Studies in Hebrew Literature in Memory of Dan Pagis (1988).

[Shaked Gilboa (2nd ed.)]

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