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Michael Augustin

Michael Augustin

Assistant Teaching Professor in Philosophy


  1. Ph.D. in Philosophy from the University of California, Santa Barbara (2018)


I am currently an Assistant Teaching Professor in the Department of Philosophy at Pennsylvania State University. From 2018-2021 I was a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the Department of Philosophy at Purdue University. In addition, I held a joint appointment in the university’s Cornerstone Integrated Liberal Arts Program. My research primarily concerns issues of predication, participation, and paradeigmatism in Plato’s dialogues. My interests range widely, however, including the 5th Century BCE Atomists Leucippus and Democritus, as well as the therapeutic dimension to philosophy in the Hellenistic period. I graduated from the University of California, Santa Barbara, with a Ph.D. in Philosophy in 2018.



  • The Development of Plato’s Metaphysics and Epistemology; Anger, Compassion, and Lovingkindness; Fate and Free Will

Recent Publications

  • Life and Lifeforms in Early Greek Atomism (forthcoming in Apeiron); Self-Participation and Self-Instantiation (forthcoming in the Plato Journal).

Current Projects

  • Negative Predication in Parmenides 161e-162b; Freedom in Early Greek Atomism; Socrates’ use of κοινωνία in Republic V.