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Andrea Tschemplik Associate Professor Philosophy & Religion

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(202) 885-2921 (Office)
CAS - Philosophy and Religion
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Monday & Thursday 1:00-2:00pm, 5:30-6:30 And by appointment
Additional Positions at AU
Philosophy Undergraduate Advisor
PhD, City University of New York

Languages Spoken
German, English, Greek, Latin
Book Currently Reading
Infinite Jest
I came to American University in 2001 and have been teaching a variety of courses in the History of Philosophy, as well as thematic courses such as the Philosophy of Love and Friendship. My primary scholarly interest is in Ancient Philosophy, where I indulge my passion for Plato. I have written about Plato’s Theaetetus and the problem of knowledge and self-knowledge. I am particularly interested in exploring the literary dimensions of philosophical texts. Having learned from Plato’s writings the importance of images, I am currently working on a monograph which traces images employed by various philosophers, developing what might be called the aesthetic dimension of philosophy. In addition, I am exploring what is meant by “history” when we speak about the “history of philosophy.”
See Also
Department of Philosophy and Religion
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Spring 2020

  • CORE-105 Complex Problems Seminar: Why Do We Punish

  • PHIL-380 Colloquium in Philosophy: Philosophy for Children

  • PHIL-485 Selected Topics in Philosophy: The Beautiful and the Good

Fall 2020

  • PHIL-105 Western Philosophy

  • PHIL-220 Moral Philosophy

Scholarly, Creative & Professional Activities

Research Interests

Ancient philosophy (Plato); History of philosophy ancient through Nineteenth Century; Philosophy of Love and Friendship


Work In Progress

Images of the Philosopher: Ancient and Modern

Selected Publications

Knowledge and Self-knowledge in Plato’s Theaetetus, Lexington Books 2008