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Peter Amato, PhD

Peter Amato, PhD

Teaching Professor of Philosophy
Director, Programs in Philosophy
Co-director of Philosophy, Politics, and Economics
Department of English and Philosophy
Center for Science, Technology and Society


  • PhD, Philosophy, Fordham University, 1998
  • MA, Anthropology, Hunter College of the City University of New York, 1993
  • BA, Anthropology, Fordham University, 1984

Curriculum Vitae:

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Research Interests:

  • Ethics
  • Marxism
  • Continental Philosophy


Peter Amato is director of the Philosophy program and Co-director of the program in Philosophy, Politics and Economics. His expertise is in social and political philosophy, the history of western philosophy, and ethics. He has also been working and publishing in the areas of African philosophy, philosophical hermeneutics, and Marxism.

Selected Publications:

  • (2021), “Marx, Property, Possession and Power,” a review of The Dispossessed: Karl Marx’s Debates on Wood Theft and the Right of the Poor by Daniel Bensaïd, Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2019, Radical Philosophy Review 24.2
  • (2021) 261-4. (2018), “The Menkiti-Gyekye Conversation: Framing Persons,” Filosofia Theoretica: Journal of African Philosophy, Culture and Religions, special issue ed. by Michael Onyebuchi Eze, 7, 2, May-Aug. 2018, 34-46.
  • (2017), “Ethics, Politics, and Social Existence,” a review of Ethics and Social Survival by Milton Fisk, New York: Routledge, 2016, Radical Philosophy Review, 20.2
  • (2017) 373-6. (2017), “On Vernacular Rationality: Gadamer and Eze in Conversation,” chapter 20 in The Palgrave Handbook of African Philosophy, eds. Adeshina Afolayan and Toyin Falola, (Palgrave Macmillan, 2017), 303-313.
  • (2014) “Radical Protest and Dialectical Ethics,” in Peace Philosophy and Public Life: Commitments, Crises, and Concepts for Engaged Thinking, eds. Greg Moses and Gail Presbey, (Rodopi, 2014), 145‐162
  • (2011), “On the Irrelevance of the Beautiful,” a review of Gadamer and the Legacy of German Idealism by Kristin Gjesdal, Cambridge, 2009, Research in Phenomenology, 41.2 (2011) 287‐294
  • (2011), “Decentering and Refocusing Marx,” a review of Marx at the Margins: on Nationalism, Ethnicity, and Non-Western Societies by Kevin B. Anderson, University of Chicago Press, 2010, Radical Philosophy Review, 14.2 (2011) 217‐221