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Mary Townsend

Ph.D. Student

Hebert 105


Ph.D., Tulane University, 2015
M.A., Catholic University of America, 2010
B.A., St. John's College, Annapolis, 2004


Personal Website

Areas of Specialization

  • Ethics and Politics in Ancient Philosophy
  • Women in Plato and Aristotle

Areas of Competence

  • Kierkegaard
  • Existentialism
  • Aristotle's Biology

Other Academic Interests

  • Phenomenology, existentialism, metaphysics
  • Ancient Greek literature and history
  • Politics of difference feminism

Recent courses

  • Existentialism
  • Ethics
  • Ways of Inquiry, Honors Program (Spring 2015)
  • Freshman Seminar, Honors Program (Fall 2012-2015)


  • "Housecleaning and Heidegger: A Defense of the Thoughtfulness of Domestic Work," The Hedgehog Review, Institute of Advanced Culture Studies at the University of Virginia (2016).


  • "Women as Readers of Plato's Republic: from Axiothea to Julia Ward Howe," 2016 Association of Core Texts and Courses.
  • "The Woman Question in Republic V," Society for the History of Political Philosophy, APA Eastern Division, January 2016.
  • "The City of Pigs and the Feverish City: Plato's Notion of Hunting in Pre-Civilization and the Polis," Collaborative Symposium for Archeology and Philosophy, Tulane University, December 2015.