Dr. Adi Armon

Cultural and Intellectual History, Political Philosophy, Jewish Studies.

In 2013 Adi Armon received his PhD from the Department of Political Science at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. His dissertation, entitled “From Weimar to America: The Development of Leo Strauss’ Political Teaching”, was supervised by Prof. Steven Aschheim of the History Department and Prof. Yaron Ezrahi of the Political Science Department.

Dr. Armons research combines cultural and intellectual history, political theory, and Jewish Studies. My primary areas of research are: (1) Intellectuals in the twentieth century and the development of their thought, focusing on Jewish thinkers who emigrated from Germany to America and had to confront questions regarding modernity, morality, technology, theology, law and politics after the Holocaust. (2) Modern European history, examining some of the multiple meeting points between European culture and the modern Jewish experience. (3) Philosophies of Judaism: Modern Jewish thought from Spinoza to Leo Strauss. (4) The development of Zionist thought from the nineteenth century to the establishment of the State of Israel.

Selected Publications


 “Leo Strauss Reading Karl Marx during the Cold War.” In: Against the Grain: Jewish Intellectuals in Hard Times. Ezra Mendelsohn, Stefani Hoffman, & Richard Cohen (eds.). New York: Berghahn Books, 2013, pp. 32-50

“Just before the ‘Straussians’: The Development of Leo Strauss’s Political Thought from the Weimar Republic to America.” New German Critique, no. 111, 2010, pp. 173-198


“I am, therefore I think.”: On the Hebrew translation of Sartre’s “Existentialism is Humanism”, Haaretz, July, 2015 (in Hebrew).

“Hannah Arendt Returns to the Hebrew World as the Big Winner.”: On the Hebrew translation of Arendt’s “The Jewish Writings”, Haaretz, March, 2012 (in Hebrew).

“From Sarathustra to Zarathustra, From Nieche to Nietzsche”: On the Hebrew translation of Nietzsche’s “Thus Spoke Zarathustra”, Haaretz, November, 2011 (in Hebrew).