Avner Baz
Avner Baz

Avner Baz is Professor of Philosophy at Tufts University and was born and grew up in Israel, on a kibbutz, where for many years he was a cowboy. Being a true cowboy, he both philosophized all the time and thought that there was nothing for him to find in the academia. Later he started a construction business in Israel, and was horrified to find that one could easily spend a lifetime thinking about commerce. He finally decided to go to the university, where he started by studying physics and math, and was gradually drawn to philosophy—first through Kant, and later through the later Wittgenstein. Avner has written about ethics and aesthetics, about aspect perception, about judgment, about Kant and Wittgenstein and Cavell and McDowell. Some of his work in recent years has been devoted to dispelling the widespread belief that the insights and procedures of ordinary language philosophy may safely be ignored by current practitioners in mainstream Analytic philosophy.

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