Dr. Anat Matar

Department of Philosophy
חוג לפילוסופיה סגל אקדמי בכיר
Dr. Anat Matar
Phone: 03-6406288
Office: Gilman-humanities, 437

General Information

Senior Lecturer at the Department of Philosophy, Tel Aviv University, since 2004.

Married + two children

Address: 33 Bernstein-Cohen St, Ramat Hasharon, Israel 4721319

Phone number: +972-52-8560001

e-mail address: matar@tauex.tau.ac.il



Academic Education

Academic education

B.A. - 1977-1980, Tel Aviv University, Philosophy and Hebrew Language

            Degree awarded 1981 summa cum laude.


M.A.- 1980-1986, Tel-Aviv University, Philosophy

            Degree awarded 1988 summa cum laude.

            Thesis' subject: On Some Moral Consequences of Materialist Worldviews.

            Supervisor: Prof. Asa Kasher


Recognized student at Oxford University - 1991/2.

            Supervisor: Prof. M.A.E. Dummett.


Ph.D. – 1987-1993, Tel-Aviv University, Philosophy

            Degree awarded 1994 summa cum laude.

            Thesis' subject: Michael Dummett's Worldview.

        Supervisors: Prof. Asa Kasher; Prof. M.A.E. Dummett, Oxford University.

Fields of Interest


Academic Fields of Interest

Philosophy of language, political philosophy, philosophy and literature, modernism and postmodernism, meta-philosophy; the philosophies of Wittgenstein, Dummett, Derrida, Lyotard.


 Non-Academic Fields of Interest

Palestinian political prisoners; resistance to serve in the Israeli army; democratization of academia

More broadly: criticism of Zionism and the 1967 Occupation of the Palestinian Territories


Select Publications

Select Publications



From Dummett's Philosophical Perspective, Berlin: de Gruyter, 1997.


Modernism and the Language of Philosophy, London: Routledge, 2006.


The Poverty of Ethics, Verso (forthcoming July 2022

Original version in Hebrew: Bnei-Brak: Hakibbutz Hameuhad, 2019



Books edited


The Story of Analytic Philosophy - Plot and Heroes, London: Routledge, 1998. [Co-edited with Anat Biletzki]

*Turkish Translation, 2017.


Threat: Palestinian Political Prisoners in Israel, London: Pluto Press, 2007. [Co-edited with Abeer Baker]


Understanding Wittgenstein, Understanding Modernism, London: Bloomsbury Publishing, 2017.




Selected Articles


“Diamond’s Wittgenstein and the Mute Philosopher”, in Wittgenstein and the Future of Philosophy: A Reassessment after 50 Years, Vol. 2, Kirchberg: ALWS, 2001, pp. 57-63.


“Habermas and Dummett: Beyond Dogmatism and Scepticism”, International Journal of Philosophical Studies, 2001, vol. 9 (3), pp. 417-430.


“Asa Kasher: How is He Possible?”, Mitaam 6, September 2006, pp. 121-142. {Hebrew]


“Radically Different: on Dummett’s Metaphilosophy”, in Louis E. Hahn (ed.), The Philosophy of M.A.E. Dummett, The Library of Living Philosophers, La Salle, Ill.: Open Court, 2007, pp. 259-275.


"Lonely Beating: Wittgenstein's Automaton and the Drums of War", in A. Biletzki (ed.), Hues of philosophy, College Publications, No. 6, 2010, pp. 117-130.


"Le Transcendental et le Cas Particulier", in Grammatical ou Transcendental?, Cahiers de philosophie du langage, volume 8, 2012, pp. 73-91.


"University", Political Concepts, Spring 2014. (10863 words, 25 pp as Word doc.) http://www.politicalconcepts.org/university-anat-matar/


"Ménage à Trois: Saying, Showing, Acting", in Mind, Language and Action, edited by D. Moyal-Sharrock, V. Munz and A. Coliva, Berlin: De Gruyter, 2015, pp. 157-168.


“Dummett’s Dialectics”, in Aaron Preston (ed.) Analytic Philosophy: An Interpretive History, London: Routledge, 2016, pp. 254-268.


“Maurice Blanchot: Modernism, Dissidence and the Privilege of Writing”, Critical Horizons, Vol. 19, No. 1, 2018; online:





Encyclopedia Entries


“Ludwig Wittgenstein”, in The Stanford Encyclopedia 0f Philosophy: http://plato.stanford.edu/entries/wittgenstein/. [Co-authored with Anat Biletzki]



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