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Nili Alon Amit

 Alon Amit

Israel Institute Visiting Assistant Professor
Email: alon.amit@ucla.edu

Nili Alon Amit is a researcher and lecturer of philosophy of soul and philosophy of education at Hakibbutzim Academic College in Tel Aviv, Israel. During the 2019-20 academic year, she will serve as a Israel Institute Visiting Assistant Professor at the UCLA Y&S Nazarian Center for Israel Studies.


While with the Center, Alon Amit will teach several courses, including "Global Perspectives on Multicultural Education" in the International & Area Studies program of the International Institute, and "On Happiness and Redemption: A Literary History from Ancient Canaan to Modern Israel" in the Department of Comparative Literature.  


She has previously held the Haifa University Presidential Scholarship for Doctoral Research and the Mofet Institute of Education (Tel Aviv) Postdoctoral Scholarship. Alon Amit received her PhD in Ancient Philosophy from Haifa University in 2014.


Alon Amit's research explores the history of ideas from Ancient Greece to modern times. Her doctoral thesis reconstructed an ancient Stoic treatise on soul, and her following research focused on the development of ancient psychology and ethics (Presocratic, Platonic and Stoic). Her recent research explores philosophy of education (ancient and modern) and defines the field of Israeli philosophy of education – through meta-analysis of Israeli theories on education in multicultural perspective.


She is the author of the forthcoming book: On Happy Souls: The History of Soul in Western Culture (Cambridge Scholars, 2020) and articles, including "Reassessing Heracitus' Psychology through Plato's Phaedo" (Magazzino di filosofia 2016) and "Contemporary Israeli theory and philosophy of education: Pressing issues, major trends and practical implications in the multicultural construction of Israeli education" (Curriculum and Teaching 2018). 


Additionally, Alon Amit is co-author of a forthcoming chapter, "Improving Israeli Education - Multicultural Perspectives of Israeli Educational Thought," in Advancing the Israeli Educational System: Experts' Opinions. (Hakibbutz Hameuchad, eds. Harpaz, Y. and Horwitz, E., in Hebrew, 2020).