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Evan Rodriguez

Evan Rodriguez

Assistant Professor of Philosophy

Office: LA 251



PhD, Philosophy and Classics (2016), Yale University

BA, Philosophy and Classical Culture & Society (2008), Haverford College


How does one start an inquiry into first principles? Where does one begin when deciding where to begin? My current research focuses on a method that Plato develops for addressing these questions, a method I call 'exploring both sides'. I'm interested not only in how Plato articulated methods like this one to address specific philosophical problems, but also how later thinkers have reacted to and incorporated his methodological insights.

My specialty is in ancient Greek and Roman philosophy and philosophical methodology, though my research and teaching interests span more broadly as well. In my classroom students put historical texts in conversation with modern ethical and epistemological problems to illuminate ways in which philosophy can be both relevant and timely.

Before coming to ISU I completed my Ph.D. in Philosophy and Classics at Yale University and was a visiting scholar at NYU. You can find more information about my background, my current work, and my approach to student learning at the following website :,

Current Courses

  • 4460/5560: Theory of Knowledge
  • 3305: History of Philosophy: Greek Reason and Christian Faith
  • 2299: Life and Death
  • 2220: Philosophical Issues in Religion
  • 1101: Introduction to Philosophy



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