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Francis J Ambrosio

Title

Associate Professor

Department

Department of Philosophy
General profile

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Phone

+1 202-687-7441

Alt. phone

202-687-7487

Fax

202-687-4493

Location

Bio

Francis J. Ambrosio is an Associate Professor at Georgetown University. He was born in New York City in1949 and graduated from Regis High School in Manhattan. He received a B.A. in Literature and Philosophy, summa cum laude in cursu honoris, from Fordham, where he was elected a member of Phi Beta Kappa. After studies in Italian language and literature in Florence, Italy, he completed his doctoral degree at Fordham University in 1981, with a specialization in contemporary European Philosophy. In 1976, he was appointed Assistant to the President at St. Joseph's University, Philadelphia, and in 1979 became Director of Planning. In 1981, Dr. Ambrosio joined the faculty of the Department of Philosophy of Georgetown University.

Dr. Ambrosio’s main research interests are in the areas of hermeneutics and Decontruction, especially the work of Hans-George Gadamer and Jacques Derrida.

He is Co-Director, with Dr. Edward Maloney of CNDLS,of the Georgetown "MyDante" Project, a web based platorm for readers of Dante's Divine Comedy. (dante.georgetown.edu)

His course "Philosophy, Religion and the Meaning of Life," a 36 lecture series is available as part of the "Great Courses" produce by The Teaching Company.

Dr. Ambrosio’s teaching interests are in the areas of Plato, Existentialism, Dante, and Christian Philosophy. From 1987 until 2007, he regularly conducted study programs for Georgetown at Villa Le Balze, the University's campus in Fiesole, Italy, focusing on the development of the Florentine Renaissance. He continues to lead study tours to Tuscany, Umbria and Le Marche as Director of The Renaissance Company (www.renaissancecompany.com)

Education

  • Ph.D (1982) Fordham University, Philosophy
  • B.A. (1972) Fordham University, Philosophy and English Literature