Mark Ralkowski

Mark Ralkowski

Mark Ralkowski

Associate Professor of Honors and Philosophy, Philosophy Honor Society Advisor

Core Faculty


Office Phone: (202) 994-7290


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.

PHIL 4198.80 W 3:30-6:00

Plato’s Trial of Athens (Bloomsbury, 2018)

Heidegger's Platonism (Continuum, 2009)

Edited Books

Dave Chappelle and Philosophy (Open Court, Summer 2021)

Gymnastics, Athletics, and Agon in Plato, co-edited with Heather Reid and Coleen Zoller (Parnassos Press, October 2020)

Plato at Syracuse, co-edited with Heather Reid (February, 2019)

Louis C.K. and Philosophy (Open Court, 2016)

Curb Your Enthusiasm and Philosophy (Open Court, 2012)

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

Articles, chapters, discussions

Review article on Sara Ahbel-Rappe’s Socratic Ignorance and Platonic Knowledge in the Dialogues of Plato, Ancient Philosophy, Spring 2021, pp. 1-9.

"You Can’t Cancel Dave Chappelle," in Dave Chappelle and Philosophy (Open Court, 2021)

"A Contest Between Two Lives: Plato's Existential Drama," in Gymnastics, Athletics, and Agon in Plato (Parnassos Press, October 2020)

“Being-toward-death”, in 50 Concepts for a Critical Phenomenology (Northwestern University Press, 2019)

"On Being a Dead Person Who Hasn't Died Yet: The Meditations of Louis C.K.," in Louis C.K. and Philosophy (Open Court, forthcoming)

Review article on Francisco Gonzalez’s Heidegger and Plato: A Question of DialogueAncient 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