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Peter Amato

Peter Amato, PhD

Director, Programs in Philosophy
Teaching Professor of Philosophy
Department of English and Philosophy
Center for Science, Technology and Society
Office: 5016 MacAlister Hall

Additional Sites:


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

Research Interests:

Ethics, Marxism, Continental Philosophy


I am interested in the ethical and philosophical dimensions of Karl Marx’s critique of capitalist society, in particular as illuminated by Hans-Georg Gadamer’s Philosophical Hermeneutics.

Selected Publications:

  • “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
  • “Decentering and Refocusing Marx”, 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
  • “On the Irrelevance of the Beautiful”, Review of Gadamer and the Legacy of German Idealism by Kristin Gjesdal, Cambridge, 2009, Research in Phenomenology, 41.2 (2011) 287‐294
  • “Marxist Critique and Philosophical Hermeneutics: Outlines of a Hermeneutical‐Historical Materialism”, in Radical Philosophy Today, Volume 4: Philosophy Against Empire, eds. Tony Smith and Harry van der Linden, (Philosophy Documentation Center, 2006), 235‐242