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Marianne Koshkaryan

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Dr. Marianna Koshkaryan is a historian of Western philosophy. She did her undergraduate study in the Philosophy Department at the Moscow State University (BA, MA), and graduate studies at the Institute of Philosophy of the Academy of Sciences of USSR (Ph.D.) and the Medieval Institute of the University of Notre Dame (M.A.). In her research and teaching she emphasizes the importance of the cultural context of the philosophical texts. She is especially interested in the relationship between philosophy and drama (as a way of expressing wisdom in a concise manner).

Dr. Koshkaryan is the author of two books and multiple articles on topic ranging from ancient to contemporary philosophy, as well as on the work of the greatest tragedians of these periods, including Euripides and Shakespeare.

Her current research interests are focused on Plato, Goethe and Nietzsche.


MA: The Medieval Institute, University of Notre Dame (1996)

PhD: Institute of Philosophy of the Academy of Sciences of USSR (1991)

BA, MA: Moscow State University (1981)


Research Interests:

Ancient Philosophy, Early Medieval Philosophy, 19th- and 20th-century Philosophy, Philosophy in Context, Philosophy and Drama, Plato, Goethe, Nietzsche, Sciacca

Selected Publications:

Recent talks:

  • Classical Greek Tragedy and French Tragedy of Classicism: the Médée of Pierre Corneille and the Medea of Euripides,” presented at the international conference “Antiquité et Culture Françaisе” (Akaki Tsereteli State University, Tbilisi, Georgia), Sept 29, 2021, via Zoom.
  • Philosophy of Plato and Ancient Greek Poetry,” presented at the international seminar series “Ancient Logos & Choros in World Traditions & Cultures: Interdisciplinary Approach” (Greece), April 17, 2021, via Zoom.
  • “The Ideal of Happiness in Classical Greek Poetry, Plato and in the Contemporary World,” presented at the international conference “The Possibility of Eudaimonia (Happiness and Human Flourishing) in the World Today,” Vouliagmeni, Greece, July 12–15, 2019.
  • “Polis and Ethnos in Euripides, Plato and Aristotle,” presented at the international conference “Polis, Cosmopolis and Globalisation,” Pythagorion, Samos, Greece, July 20-26, 2018.
  • “Euripides and Plato: Influence and Intertextuality,” presented at the international conference “Plato’s Philosophy in Interdisciplinary Context,” Tbilisi State University, Tbilisi, Georgia, May 28–30, 2018.
  • “Xenophon’s Socrates and Plato’s Socrates: Euripidean Motifs in Plato,” presented at the international conference “Greek Moral and Political Philosophy (From Pre-Socratics to Neoplatonism),” Rhodes, Greece, July 7–12, 2017.
  • “Le Phédon de Platon: les perspectives de l’approche complexe (philosophique et littéraire),” presented at the XIth Symposium Platonicum: Plato’s Phaedo, held by the International Plato Society in Brasilia, Brazil (July 2016).
  • “On the Evolution of Plato’s Ethical Teaching,” presented at the IIIrd International Congress of Greek Philosophy (April 2016, University of Lisbon, Portugal).
  • “On the Use of Language by Othello’s Characters,” presented at the International Conference “Shakespeare and our Times” (April 2016, Norfolk, VA).
  • “Socrates versus Socrates: On the Evolution of Plato’s Ethical Views,” presented at the Conference “Plato in Athens” (February 2015, University of Georgia, Athens, GA).


  • A History of Western Philosophy. Ancient Philosophy. Moscow: Humanities Press, 2009.
  • Plato and Shakespeare.  Language and the Ontological Foundations of Justice.  Moscow: Humanities Press, 2003.

Select articles:

  • “The Ideal of Happiness in Classical Greek Poetry, Plato and in the Contemporary World,” in The Possibility of Eudaimonia (Happiness and Human Flourishing) in the World Today. Ed. by Konstantine Boudouris. Athens: Ionia Publications, 2020, pp. 162–171.
  • “The Death of Socrates: Xenophon versus Plato,” in Studies in Greek Philosophy: Ethics, Politics and the Origins of Philosophy on Rhodes. Ed. by Konstantine Boudouris and Maria Veneti. Athens: International Center of Greek Philosophy and Culture, 2018, pp. 139–144.
  • “Sciacca on Plato,” in P.P. Ottonello, ed., Sciacca: La Filosofia dell’Integralità (Firenze: Leo S. Olschki Editore, 2010), Vol. 2, pp. 617–620.
  • “Sciacca: A Theory of Culture,” in Theory of Culture in Twentieth Century: An Encyclopedia, Vol. 2.  St.-Petersburg, Universitetskaya Kniga, 1998, pp. 350–351.
  • “Sciacca, M. F.,” in Dictionary of Modern Western Philosophy.  Moscow, 1991, p. 375.
  • “M. F. Sciacca and the History of European Philosophy,” in The Value of Culture and the Contemporary Epoch, Moscow: Academy of Sciences Press, 1990.


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