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.  


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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  • Orestes, Katabasis, and Aggrieved Masculine Entitlement

    Lampe, K. W., 30 Sep 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

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  • The Spiritual Dimension of Stoic Ascesis

    Lampe, K. W., 2022, (Accepted/In press) Reaching for Perfection: Studies on the Means and Goals of Ascetical Practice in an Interreligious Perspective. Verheyden, J. (ed.). Leuven: Peeters Leuven, p. 9-28

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  • Will the Philosopher Prosecute Anyone for Personal Injury?

    Lampe, K. W., 2022, (Accepted/In press) Brill's Companion to Musonius Rufus. Sellars, J. & Gloyn, L. (eds.). Brill Academic Publishers

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