Shalem College
Asa Kasher

Prof. Asa Kasher

Ph.D., Hebrew University
M.Sc., Hebrew University

Winner of the 2000 Israel Prize in Philosophy, Asa Kasher is a noted expert in the fields of practical ethics, military ethics in particular, and pragmatics, the theories of the use of language. Co-author of the IDF Code of Ethics, and author of hundreds of scholarly papers, ethical documents and popular writings on Ethics, language, political theory and Israeli democracy, Dr. Kasher has served on multiple ethics councils, many by appointment of the government of the State of Israel. They include the National Bioethics Council, the Public Committees on the Ethics of the Knesset and of Ministers, the committee for Principles, Considerations and Procedures on Negotiations Re abducted soldiers, and numerous others. He also headed several committees, including the Kasher Committee on National Mourning. Dr. Kasher has taught philosophy and has been a research associate at UCLA, universities at Amsterdam, Berlin, Calgary, Ghent, Torino, and other institutions in Israel and abroad. In addition, he has edited or served on the editorial boards of scholarly journals such as Philosophia, the Journal of Military Ethics, National Defense Studies, and the Journal of Pragmatics.

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Selected Publications


17 Conversations with Asa Kasher (Tel Aviv: Kinneret, Zmora-Bitan, 2005) [Hebrew].

Judaism and Idolatry (Tel Aviv: Ministry of Defense, 2004) [Hebrew].

A Little Book on the Meaning of Life (Tel Aviv: Hakibbutz Hameuchad and Yehoraz Association, 2002) [Hebrew].

Spirit of Man: Four Gates (Tel Aviv: Am Oved and Yehoraz Association, 2000) [Hebrew].

Military Ethics (Tel Aviv: Ministry of Defense, 1996) [Hebrew; won the national prize for military literature].

With Shalom Lappin, Philosophical Linguistics: An Introduction (Scriptor Verlag, 1977).

Linguistics and Logic: Conspectus and Prospects (Scriptor Verlag, 1975).