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Philosophy Department faculty, August 26, 2016. Not pictured: David Agler, Kathryn Gines, and Paul Taylor.

Rachel Falkenstern

Rachel Falkenstern

Lecturer in Philosophy

229 Sparks Building



  1. Education:
  2. PhD, Philosophy, Temple University, 2016
  3. Dissertation: Hegel's Theory of Tragic Heroes: The Historical Progress of Subjectivity
  4. BA, Philosophy, Hunter College CUNY, 2004


"Illusions of Permanence: Tattoos and the Temporary Self," in Tattoos--Philosophy for Everyone: I Ink, Therefore I am, ed. Robert Arp (Wiley-Blackwell, 2012)

Current Projects:
I currently have two major projects: First, using Schiller's Mary Stuart and Joan of Arc as the paradigm of late modern tragic heroines based on Hegel's theory of modern art, I seek to find similar cases of vulnerable yet strong tragic heroines in contemporary drama and film, and to explain their value. Second, I am working on turning my dissertation into a book manuscript.

Areas of Specialization:

Post-Kantian Philosophy



Areas of Competence:
Phenomenology and Existentialism

Social and Political Philosophy

American Philosophy and Pragmatism