Joshua Weinstein

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Joshua Weinstein is an Associate Fellow at the Shalem Center in the Department of Philosophy, Political Theory and Religion and was one of the founders.

He met co-founders Yoram Hazony and Daniel Polisar studying for a B.A. in Physics at Princeton University[1]. The three went on to found the center together, obtaining initial funding in 1991 and establishing it officially in 1994.[2]

He holds an M.A. in Philosophy from University of California at Irvine and a Ph.D. in Philosophy from Hebrew University. He also studied Jewish law and thought at the R. Yitzchak Yechiel Yeshiva in Jerusalem. His biography describes his research interests as "classical and modern philosophers (Plato, Aristotle, Nietzsche, Heidegger, Rorty), classical and modern Judaism (Bible, Talmud, Soloveitchik, Strauss), and general issues in moral psychology, philosophy of time, philosophy of mathematics, politics and human nature."[3]



  • “The Market in Plato’s Republic,” Classical Philology 104 (2009), pp. 439–458.
  • Review of Eugene Sheppard, Leo Strauss and the Politics of Exile, Hebraic Political Studies 3 (2008), pp. 218–221.
  • “The Use and Advantages of Pain” Azure 1 (Summer 1996), pp. 43–47.


  1. Elliot Jager, A Progressive First From a Conservative Think Tank, Jerusalem Post, accessed June 18, 2012
  2. Na'ama Lanski and Daphna Berman Storm in a neo-con teapot Haaretz, accessed June 14 2012
  3. Joshua Weinstein biography, Shalem Center, accessed 18 June 2012