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Mark Ralkowski

Assistant Professor of Honors and Philosophy

Dr. Ralkowski is originally from Seattle, Washington, but he has also lived in the San Francisco Bay Area, Boston, Zimbabwe, South Africa, and New Mexico. His first job teaching was at the University of Cape Town, where he taught philosophy courses for the commerce and philosophy departments. Since returning from South Africa, he has taught for the University of New Mexico and Johns Hopkins University's Center for Talented Youth. Outside of academia he enjoys travel, skiing, basketball, backpacking, and live music.


Dr. Ralkowski has written extensively on Heidegger and Plato, and he is currently working on a major research project on Plato's politics and ethics. He is particularly interested in understanding how Plato's political philosophy was shaped by the Peloponnesian War. In the future, Ralkowski plans to write on Heidegger's history of philosophy, his politics, and his philosophies of education and technology.

Selected Publications:

Heidegger's Platonism (Continuum, 2009)

Plato’s Trial of Athens (Bloomsbury, forthcoming)

Edited Books
Time and Death: Heidegger's Analysis of Finitude. Forward by Hubert Dreyfus (Ashgate, 2005)

Curb Your Enthusiasm and Philosophy (Open Court 2012)

Louis C.K. and Philosophy (Open Court, forthcoming)

Articles, chapters, discussions

“Comedy as a Way of Life,” in Louis C.K. and Philosophy (Open court, forthcoming)

Review article on Francisco Gonzalez’s Heidegger and Plato: A Question of Dialogue,Ancient Philosophy, Fall 2013, pp. 446-453.

“On Becoming What We Are: Heidegger’s Philosophy of Education,” Encyclopedia of Educational Theory and Philosophy (SAGE 2014)

“The Politics of Impiety: Why Was Socrates Prosecuted by the Athenian Democracy?”,Bloomsbury Companion to Socrates, January 2013.

Review article on Robin Waterfield’s Why Socrates DiedAncient Philosophy, Fall 2011, pp. 392-404.

“Deep Inside You Know You Are Him” in Curb Your Enthusiasm and Philosophy (Open Court, August 2012)

“Is Stephen Colbert America’s Socrates?,” in Stephen Colbert and Philosophy (Open Court, 2009)

“Was Plato a Platonist?” Ancient Philosophy, Fall 2007

“The Place of Doctrines in Platonic Philosophy,” The Journal of Practical Philosophy, 8(2), Autumn 2007.


B.A. philosophy, Santa Clara University
M.A. philosophy, Boston College
Ph.D. philosophy, University of New Mexico