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.”
  • Degrees

    PhD, City University of New York
  • Book Currently Reading:

    Infinite Jest

    Languages Spoken:

    German, English, Greek, Latin

  • CAS - Philosophy and Religion
  • Battelle Tompkins - 116
  • On sabbatical

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  • Summer 2015

    • GNED-110 General Education Area 1 Topic: The Examined Life
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    • GNED-120 General Education Area 2 Topic: The Examined Life
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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