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Mark W. Pryor

Philosophy Instructor

Mark W. Pryor
Mark W. Pryor

I am a PhD. Candidate in Philosophy at Tulane University.Before coming to Loyola, I taught in Tulane’s Department of Philosophy. I have also been a Graduate Fellow at The Center for Ethics and Public Affairs at the Murphy Institute at Tulane University and a Graduate Exchange Fellow at Freie Universität in Berlin.

I am presently completing my dissertation, “Plato’s Political Psychology: ‘Regime Decline’ in Republic Books VIII and IX” under the supervision of Ronna Burger, Richard Velkley, and Oliver Sensen.

My research interests are in political philosophy, history of philosophy, and political psychology, with a specialization in ancient philosophy.

Publications and presentations:

  • "The Comedy and Tragedy of Political Life in Plato’s Republic VIII," American Philosophical Association Central Division Meeting, 2012
  • "The Political Construction of the Soul in Plato’s Republic IV," American Philosophical Association Eastern Division, 2011.
  • “Plato’s Meno by George Anastaplo and Laurence Berns” in Interpretation: A Journal of Political Philosophy, Vol. 37, no. 3, 2010


M.A. Philosophy, Tulane University; M.A. Liberal Arts, St. John’s College; M.A. Eastern Classics, St. John’s College

Classes Taught

  • Ancient Political Philosophy
  • History of Ancient Philosophy
  • Modern Political Philosophy
  • History of Modern Philosophy
  • Ethics
  • Buddhism

Areas of Expertise

Ancient Greek Philosophy