Lawrence Andy Amato
Areas of Specialization: Continental Philosophy, Aesthetics, Ethics
Office: JO 5.704
Office Hours: Monday 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., Wednesday 5 to 7 p.m.
Mail Station: JO 31
My background is in art—a passion I still pursue. In graduate school, however, my focus shifted to theology and ethics, and then finally to philosophy. My dissertation brought much of this background together as I explored the relationship between imagination and ethical reflection in the reading of philosophical texts.
I advise the Philosopher's Society at UTD and write art reviews for local and regional publications. When I'm not teaching, I'm reading, writing, making art, or gaming.
Whether I'm reading Plato, Emerson, Nietzsche, or Hiedegger, my research always comes back to ethics. Whatever my given topic or materials, I want my work to raise serious questions about how we conduct ourselves through this life. My interest lies not in prescribing particular courses of action, but in provoking ethical contemplation. My current research reads Shakespeare alongside Heidegger to this effect.
My approach to teaching is Socratic and hermeneutical. That is, I pose questions and guide discussions on the one hand, and emphasize the close reading of key texts on the other. Students who have a genuine interest in asking good questions and participating in challenging conversations tend to succeed in my classes.
Before coming to the University of Texas at Dallas I worked as an illustrator and graphic designer.
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PhD in History of Ideas, University of Texas at Dallas
MTS in Theology at Brite Divinity School at TCU
BFA in Painting and Drawing at UNT
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