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Andrea Tschemplik

Associate Professor Department of Philosophy and Religion

Additional Positions at AU

  • Philosophy Undergraduate Advisor
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.”


PhD, City University of New York

Book Currently Reading
Infinite Jest
Languages Spoken
German, English, Greek, Latin
CAS - Philosophy and Religion
Battelle Tompkins - 116
Monday & Thursday 1:00-2:00pm, 5:30-6:30 And by appointment
Contact Info
(202) 885-2921 (Office)

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See Also
Department of Philosophy and Religion


  • Fall 2018

    • CORE-107 Complex Problems Seminar: Why Do We Punish
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  • Spring 2019

    • PHIL-380 Colloquium in Philosophy: Philosophy for Children
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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