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Anthony Kammas

Associate Professor (Teaching) of Political Science

Contact Information
Phone: (213) 740-6998
Office: VKC 327

Curriculum Vitae

Biographical Sketch

My initial research on "the metaphysical need" has now extended into a full blow book project.  This semester I am teaching four classes (overload w/ the Phil dept) and have no time to write  But next semester I only teach two and paln to have more time to devote to writing and publishing.  


Ph.D. Political Philosophy, University of Maryland, 5/2005

Academic Appointment, Affiliation, and Employment History

Assistant Professor of Political Science (Teaching), University of Southern California, 2009-2010   

Description of Research

Summary Statement of Research Interests

Contemporary and continental political thought; radical political thought and action; radical democratic thought and action; political myths and ideologies; revolutions; Ancient and Classical Greek political thought;

Research Keywords

Critical Theory, Karl Marx, Friedrich Nietzsche, existentialism, Radical thought and action, Ancient Greek Poetry and Philosophy

Research Specialties

Political Thought and Literature


Book Chapter

Kammas, A. (2009). The Power of Radical Needs," in Engaging Agnes Heller. Lexington Books.

Book Review

Kammas, A. (2007). Review of Dick Howard's Specter of Democracy. Thesis Eleven,. pp. 131-135.

Journal Article

Kammas, A. (2009). Homo Deus and the Dice Throw: Courage and Chaos in Greek Antiquity. Epoche: A Journal for the History of Philosophy. Vol. 14 (1), pp. 19-38.
Kammas, A. (2008). Vaclav Havel's Absurd Route to Democracy. Critical Horizons.
Kammas, A. (2007). Reconciling Radical Philosophy and Democratic Politics. Critique. Vol. 35 (2), pp. 249-274.

Service to the University

Other Service to the University

The Political Science Undergraduate Association is up and running. We have several events in the works--both professional and promotional, and we have a call for papers out for the newly formed undergraduate journal "Ilios" (the name for Troy in ancient Greek/Homer's Iliad). We are also looking into the possibility of conducting a fundraiser for a former student's NGO in Uganda. It has been a difficult task since there is little or no practical memory of how the Association functioned in the past. Yet, the students who comprise the new executive board have been meeting regularly and are making progress. The Facebook page also is starting to see more traffic--students are posting their responses to the President's visit and speech., Fall 2010   
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