Nathan Rotenstreich

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Nathan Rotenstreich
נתן רוטנשטרייך
Born(1914-03-31)March 31, 1914
Sambir, Galicia
DiedOctober 11, 1993(1993-10-11) (aged 79)
Jerusalem, Israel
Notable awardsIsrael Prize (1963)
Bialik Prize (1991)

Nathan Rotenstreich (Hebrew: נתן רוטנשטרייך‎; born 31 March 1914, died 11 October 1993) was an Israeli professor of philosophy.


Nathan Rotenstreich (31.3.1914 – 11.10.1993) was born in Sambir, Galicia, then in Austria-Hungary, later in Poland, now in Ukraine. His father, Ephraim Fischel Rotenstreich, was a Zionist leader and a member of the Polish two houses of Parliament. In 1932, at the age of 18, Rotenstreich emigrated to Mandate Palestine.

Rotenstreich studied philosophy at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, receiving his PhD in 1938. He joined the faculty in 1950 and served as Dean of the faculty of Humanities (1958-1962) and the Rector of the university from 1965 to 1969. He was a member of the Israel Academy of Sciences and Humanities from 1959, and its vice president at the time of his death. He wrote 80 books and more than 1000 papers in various languages.

In 1973, he was appointed the first Chairman of the Planning and Budgeting Committee of the Council for Higher Education in Israel. He was actively involved in public life in Israel, was a member of Mapai party for a while, and expressed his political views in many articles published in Israeli newspapers. He engaged in public debates with David Ben Gurion together with other colleagues regarding Ben Gurion's views of the role of the Jewish State in history and also at the time of the Lavon Affair.

Awards and honors The Tchernichovsky Prize for the translation of Kant's Critiques in 1964. The Israel Prize in Humanities in 1963 for his works and achievements in philosophy. The Bialik Prize in Jewish Thought in 1991.

He died in Jerusalem in October 1993. In his memory there is a square in Jerusalem and a street in Be'er Sheva. Also, Nathan Rotenstreich scholarships for Ph.D. Students in Humanities are awarded each year by the Planning and Budgeting Committee of the Council for Higher Education

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Wege zur Erkennbarkeit der Welt. Freiburg, München: Alber Verlag 1983.

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  1. ^ "Israel Prize recipients in 1963 (in Hebrew)". Israel Prize Official Site. Archived from the original on 14 July 2010.
  2. ^ "List of Bialik Prize recipients 1933–2004 (in Hebrew), Tel Aviv Municipality website" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2007-12-17.

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