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Ronna Burger Professor Tulane University Department of Philosophy

Ronna Burger

Catherine & Henry J. Gaisman Chair
105F Newcomb Hall


Ph.D., New School for Social Research Graduate Faculty, 1975


Ronna Burger is Professor of Philosophy, Catherine & Henry J. Gaisman Chair and Director of Judeo-Christian Studies, Sizeler Professor of Jewish Studies, and Director of the Religious Studies Minor. Teaching at Tulane since 1980, she offers seminars almost every semester on particular works of Plato or Aristotle. She has recently been teaching a series of courses, “Bible and Philosophy,” on different topics each term, such as “Women in the Bible,” “The Political World of the Bible,” or “The Problem of Evil.”

Books and Monographs:

Selected Articles:

  • "The Erotic and the Thumotic Soul," in The Eccentric Core (St. Augustine's Press, 2018)
  • “Woman and Nature: the Female Drama of the Book of Genesis,” Athens, Arden, Jerusalem (Lexington Books, 2017)
  • “Imitation and Representation: Mimesis in Aristotle’s Poetics,” Encyclopedia of Aesthetics (Oxford, 2nd ed. 2014)
  • “Socrates’ Odyssean Return: on Plato’s Charmides,” in Strange Fellows: Socratic Philosophy and its Others (Lexington Books, 2013, reprinted 2015)
  • "Maimonides on Knowledge of Good and Evil: The Guide of the Perplexed I.2,” in Political Philosophy Cross-Examined (Palgrave Macmillan. 2013)

Recent Papers Presented:

  • “The Fall from our Ancient Nature: Plato’s Aristophanic Speech on Eros and the Biblical Story of Adam and Eve,” Assumption College; Harvard Political Theory Colloquium, March 2018
  • “Aristotle on Friendship, Philosophy, and the Metaphysics of Eros,” Keynote Speaker, Ancient Philosophy Society, April 2017.


  • Plato and Aristotle
  • Maimonides
  • Bible and Philosophy