Avital Pilpel
Haifa, Israel
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I am a philosophy instructor at the Interdisciplinary Center in Herzliya, the University of Haifa. and  Bar Ilan University. I have a Ph. D. from Columbia University and a B.Sc. from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

My main interest is the relationship between decision theory and belief change, or rational belief change theory (RBCT). My Ph.D. thesis investigated the role RBCT plays in the evaluation of scientific explanation. I also investigate its role in other parts of the pure sciences, as well as in economics, psychiatry, and other applied fields.

In particular, I have recently become serious involved in the subject of philosophical counseling. I strongly believe that philosophy can help us very much with out psychology -- but it has to be done very, very carefully. See the professional area of my web page for more details.

For more information, including a capsule biography, go to my professional page. You can contact me by clinking on this link for my email, or else using my "contact" page, for a CV in English or in Hebrew. 

Hobbies and Interests

I am also interested in irrational belief change: how religious fanatics, pseudo-scientists, and economic con men convince people. I contributed to Skeptic and Free Inquiry magazine, and (occasionally) to the Quatloos! economic scams blog.

My main hobby is Jewish chess history. Please visit my blog if you are interested in the subject. I am also a big fan of classical music and books. Visit my hobbies and interests page for more information (including articles), and for links to sites I regularly visit.

Family and Friends

My wife, Sigal, is a social worker in a hostel for the mentally ill in the Atid Hadash hostel chain (link in Hebrew). You can contact her through their website or by her email.

You can also visit the 'family and friends' part of this web site for more information about us and other family members. 

Contact Me
Contact by email is preferred.  However, depending on who you are and why you want to reach me, certain ways of contacting me are probably better than others. See the contact page for details.
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