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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 near 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)

Edited Books
White, Carol J., M. Ralkowski (ed.) Time and Death: Heidegger's Analysis of Finitude. Forward by Hubert Dreyfus (Ashgate, 2005)

M. Ralkowski (ed.) Curb Your Enthusiasm and Philosophy (Open Court 2012)

Articles, chapters, discussions

"Socrates and Athens: the Religious and Political Motivations for the Trial of Socrates," forthcoming in the Continuum Companion to Socrates, 2012.

"The Politics of Impiety in Ancient Athens," forthcoming in Ancient Philosophy

"Deep Inside You Know You're Him" in Curb Your Enthusiasm and Philosophy (Open Court, 2012)

"Is Stephen Colbert America's Socrates?" in Stephen Colbert and Philosophy (Open Court, 2009)

"Was Plato a Platonist?" Ancient Philosophy, Volume 27, Number 2, Fall 2007


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