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ANDREAS TEUBER studied philosophy at Oxford with Paul Grice and at Harvard, with John Rawls ("A Theory of Justice") and Robert Nozick ("Anarchy, State and Utopia"), his two Ph.D. advisors. He is a professor of philosophy at Brandeis and served as Department Chair from 2006-- 2011. He is also a member of the Harvard Summer School faculty.
He is the contributor to two books: AMERICAN JOURNEY: The Times of Robert Kennedy, edited by Jean Stein and George Plimpton and RISK: Public Health and Risk Assessment, edited by Edward J. Burger and the author of a number of articles in philosophy, politics and law, among them, "Justifying Risk" which appeared in Daedalus: The Journal for the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, "The Relevant Reasons for Distributing Health Care" which appeared in The Southern Journal of Philosophy, "Simone Weil: Equality as Compassion" which appeared in Philosophy and Phenomenological Research, “Camera Obscurities” for The American Scientist, “The Freedom of Thought: A Pencil Is the Best of Eyes” for Etcetera: A Review of General Semantics, "Kant's Respect for Persons" and "A Defense of Pluralism and Equality," for the Sage Publication: PoliticalTheory and "Absent Framers or How Does the Constiution Mean?" for the LONDON REVIEW OF BOOKS.
His scholarship encompasses the internationalization of human rights, issues of social inequality, risk analysis, the nature and limits of democratic forms of deliberation, civic participation and renewal, cosmopolitanism, and the relation of U. S. Constitutional Law to international covenants, understandings and agreements and the decisions of the U.S. Supreme Court to the opinions of international courts and tribunals. He is a member and former fellow of the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton and has received fellowships from the Fulbright Program and the National Endowment for the Humanities.
A recipient of two teaching awards, the Michael Laban Walzer Award for Teaching and the Kermit H. Perlmutter Fellowship Award for Excellence in Teaching, his syllabus for the Introduction to Philosophy course that he teaches at Harvard during the Summer and at Brandeis in the Fall is listed among the Top Ten Most Popular Philosophy Syllabi in the World.
In 1987 he revived the POETS’ THEATRE and was its Artistic Director well into the 1990’s, working with poets and writers Seamus Heaney, Joseph Brodsky, Derek Walcott, Anthony Hecht, Amy Clampitt, Richard Wilbur, John Ashbery, Kenward Elmslie, Alison Lurie, John Updike, Donald Hall, Kenneth Koch, William Corbett, James Merrill, Joe LeSuer, Lloyd Schwartz, Frank Bidart, Gail Mazur, Robert Pinsky, Rosanna Warren and Allen Ginsberg, among others.
In 1992 he founded the CAMBRIDGE THEATRE COMPANY, and also served as its Artistic Director. The Theatres produced their shows at the Hasty Pudding Theater in Harvard Square. The Cambridge Theatre Company gained the reputation as Boston's leading off-- Broadway theater and in 1998 the Theater Company was a co-recipient of the Elliot Norton Award, Boston's highest Theater Honor, for the Best Production of the Year.
As director of many of the stage productions for both the POETS’ THEATRE and the CAMBRDIGE THEATRE COMPANY, he worked with and directed onstage, among others, Claire Bloom, William Cain, Stockard Channing, Lindsay Crouse, Blythe Danner, Peter Falk, Julie Harris, John Heard, Sally Kellerman, Jackie Mason, Mort Sahl, Spalding Gray, Cherry Jones, Bill Murray, Alan Rachins, Christopher Reeve, Wallace Shawn, Kathryn Walker, Sam Waterston, Fritz Weaver, Debra Winger, Jimmy Tingle, Irene Worth, Valerie Harper, Stephen Hanan and Harris Yulin.
Courses Spring 2020
PHIL 110b: MEANING IN LIFE & WHY IT MATTERS
PHIL 125b: PHILOSOPHY OF LAW