Mark Ralkowski

Mark Ralkowski
Associate Professor of Honors and Philosophy, Philosophy Honor Society Advisor
Rome 564
[email protected]

Current Research

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.


B.A. Philosophy, Santa Clara University

M.A. Philosophy, Boston College

Ph.D. Philosophy, University of New Mexico


Plato’s Trial of Athens (Bloomsbury, 2018)

Heidegger's Platonism (Continuum, 2009)

Edited Books

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

Dave Chappelle and Philosophy (Open Court, 2021)

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

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

"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)

"Chappelle's Way of Life," 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, Summer 2020)

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

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.

Classes Taught

PHIL 4198.80 W 3:30-6:00