Anthony KammasAssistant Professor (Teaching) of Political Science
Phone: (213) 740-6998
Office: VKC 327
Presently I am completing a manuscript that presents how the thinkers and activists of the former Eastern Bloc contributed to a revalued theory and practice of revolutionary (and in this case, radically democratic) politics. I also have begun piecing together research and articles that will comprise another manuscript, this time focusing on how humanity’s “metaphysical need” has manifested in western political thought and culture. Various chapters of these manuscripts have been published and presented at conferences.
- 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;
Critical Theory, Karl Marx, Friedrich Nietzsche, existentialism, Radical thought and action, Ancient Greek Poetry and Philosophy
Political Thought and Literature
- Kammas, A. (2009). The Power of Radical Needs," in Engaging Agnes Heller. Lexington Books.
- Kammas, A. (2007). Review of Dick Howard's Specter of Democracy. Thesis Eleven,. pp. 131-135.
- 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.
Other Advisement or Time Devoted to Students
- Office hours: MW: 1 - 3pm, Tues, 12:30 - 1:30pm, Fall 2007
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