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 with an emphasis on philosophy (2007, Berkeley). Since 2017 I've been taking modules in psychotherapy, and since 2019 have been pursuing a clinical MA at the Bath Centre for Psychotherapy and Counselling. 

I'm interested in big questions about what makes us who we are and how we can care for ourselves and each other. I take for granted that the  best answers will involve thinking not only about our brains or minds, but also about our families, friends, communities, technologies, and relationships with nonhuman others (from plants and animals to gods). I often turn to ancient Greece and its reception in order to find new answers to these big questions. I'm also increasingly interested in Old Norse religion and languages. 

Right now I'm working on the following: a chapter on Archetypal Psychology and Greek myth for an edited volume; an article on payment, language, and meaning in psychoanalysis, which is a response to some ideas in the work of Barbara Cassin; and an article on Neil Gaiman and pagan theology. I'm also developing a large project on sophrosune and conceptions of 'mental health' and 'mental illness' for both individuals and collectives today. 


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 postgraduate work that combines contemporary psychoanalytic or Jungian approaches to thought and feeling with with ancient Greek and Roman 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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    Lampe, K. W., 22 Mar 2023, The Oxford Handbook of Roman Philosophy. Konstan, D., Garani, M. & Reydams-Schils, G. (eds.). New York: Oxford University Press, p. 397–C23P99

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter in a book

  • Orestes, Katabasis, and Aggrieved Masculine Entitlement

    Lampe, K. W., 30 Sept 2022, The Descent of the Soul and the Archaic: Katabasis and Depth Psychology. Bishop, P., Dawson, T. & Gardner, L. (eds.). London: Routledge, p. 183-200

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter in a book

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  • The Spiritual Dimension of Stoic Ascesis

    Lampe, K. W., 10 Nov 2022, Reaching for Perfection: Studies on the Means and Goals of Ascetical Practice in an Interreligious Perspective. Verheyden, J., Roskam, G., Heirman, A. & Leemans, J. (eds.). Leuven: Peeters Publishers, p. 9-28 20 p. (Bibliotheca Ephemeridum Theologicarum Lovaniensium; no. 329).

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter in a book