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Francis Ambrosio

Francis J. Ambrosio is Associate Professor in the Philosophy Department at Georgetown University.

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He was born in New York City 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. From 2011-2016 he served as Director of the Doctor of Liberal Program at Georgetown. Dr. Ambrosio’s main research interests are in the areas of hermeneutics and Deconstruction, 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 platform for readers of Dante's Divine Comedy. (dante.georgetown.edu) In 2014-15 - The MyDante Project produced "Dante’s Journey to Freedom" a MOOC in three modules sponsored and distributed by EdX and Georgetown University based on Dante’s Divine Comedy. https://www.edx.org/course/divine-comedy-dantes-journey-freedom-georgetownx-humx421-01x#.VQnR73zF8ue His course "Philosophy, Religion and the Meaning of Life," a 36 lecture series, is available as part of the "Great Courses" produced by The Teaching Company. Dr. Ambrosio’s teaching interests are in the areas of Plato, Dante, Existentialism, and Postmodernism. 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)