Dr Kurt W Lampe

BA(UCSD), M.A.(Calif.), PhD(UC Berkeley)

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Research interests

My BA was in classics and anthropology (1999, University of California at San Diego), my PhD in classics (2007, Berkeley). I've published many articles and several books, namely The Birth of Hedonism (Princeton),  French and Italian Stoicisms: from Sartre to Agamben, and German Stoicisms: from Hegel to Sloterdijk (Bloomsbury). 

Most of my research concerns the interplay of wellbeing, psychology, ecology, and cosmology. For this reason I'm also very interested in modern theories and techniques of psychotherapy. My past and forthcoming publications engage seriousy with post-Freudian and post-Jungian psychosocial theories. I've also completed several modules at the Severnside Institute for Psychotherapy, and am currently in training as a psychotherapist at the Bath Centre for Psychotherapy and Counseling.  

The same nexus of interests finds expression in my emerging work on ancient Greek polytheistic religion, modern paganism, and mental wellbeing. Throughout 2018-2019 I ran a project bringing together  psychotherapists, academics from various subjects, and modern pagans from various backgrounds for experiential workshops. 


Rm 1.2, 36 Tyndalls Park Road

(0117) 928 8168   clkwl@bristol.ac.uk

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Research Supervision

I'd be particularly enthusiastic about supervising work that combines contemporary continental philosophy or psychosocial theory with ancient Greek and Roman culture, especially philosophy, literature, or religion.  


My teaching ranges from Greek and Latin language and literature at all levels through ancient rhetoric, philosophy, epic and tragic poetry in translation, myth and religion. I also teach a range of modern topics, from the clinical and philosophical aspects of psychotherapy to cinema and comic books. 


From 2015-2019 I was the Deputy Head of Subject and Director of Undergraduate Teaching. From 2016-2019 I was a member of the University Senate. 


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