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Associate Professor of Philosophy

teuber@brandeis.edu  •  Rabb Graduate Center  • 330  •  781-736-2787


Political Philosophy, Philosophy of Law, and Philosophy of Art, the origin and history of the secret ballot, the nature and meaning of the vote in a democracy, public goods and private rights, liberty and inequality, deductive and analogical reasoning, technologies of the self ("making people up"), the internationalization of human rights, duty to rescue law, humanitarian intervention, criminal attempt law, the felony murder rule, bad acts and guilty minds, international rules of war and micro-legal systems, civil resistance, the philosophy of John Stuart Mill, and the nature of representation in painting, photography and film.


  • PHIL 1a - Introduction to Philosophy
  • PHIL 12b - Social Justice
  • PHIL 20a - Social and Political Philosophy: Democracy and Disobedience
  • PHIL 110a - The Meaning of Life or "How Should One Live?"
  • PHIL 113b - Aesthetics: Painting, Photography, and Film
  • PHIL 119a - Human Rights
  • PHIL 125b - Philosophy of Law


  • Teuber, Andreas. FOREWARD: "Are You A Machine? The Brain, The Mind and What It Means To Be Human". First ed. Humanity Books: Prometheus, Amherst, New York, 2007.
  • Teuber, Andreas. "When Is It Murder?." NEWSDAY October 29, 2006: Sunday Magazine 10 pages.
  • Teuber, Andreas. "Christopher Marlowe's Dr. Faustus in Performance." Shakespeare and the Classroom XIII. 1 (2005).
  • Teuber, Andreas. "Dr. Faustus on Stage and Film." Marlowe's Dr. Faustus. Ed. Lake, James & Ribner, Irving. Pullins and Company, 2004
  • Teuber, Andreas. "Camera Obscurities: The Use of Optical Devices by the Old Masters." THE AMERICAN SCIENTIST 90, Number 2. March-April (2002): pp. 202-10.
  • Teuber, Andreas. "The Freedom of Thought or A Pencil Is the Best of Eyes." ET CETERA - A REVIEW OF GENERAL SEMANTICS 59, Number 1. Summer (2001): pp. 364-78.
  • Teuber, Andreas. ""Victims' Rights: Justice or Revenge?." IMPRINT 20, Number 2. Spring (2000): pp. 5-10.
  • Teuber, Andreas. "Justifying Risk." RISK: PUBLIC HEALTH AND RISK ASSESSMENT. First ed. vol. I Ed. Edward J. Burger. Ann Arbor, Michigan: University of Michigan Press, 1993. 25.
  • Teuber, Andreas. "Justifying Risk." DAEDALUS, JOURNAL OF THE AMERICAN ACADEMY OF ARTS AND SCIENCES 119, Number 4. Fall (1990): pp. 235-54.
  • Teuber, Andreas. "Absent Framers: On the Continuous American Constitutuion." THE LONDON REVIEW OF BOOKS 10, Number 7. March (1989): pp. 23-26.
  • Teuber, Andreas. "A Defense of Pluralism and Equality." POLITICAL THEORY V, Number 1. February (1984): pp. 118-123.
  • Teuber, Andreas. "Kant's Respect for Persons." POLITICAL THEORY II, Number 3. August (1983): pp. 369-392.
  • Teuber, Andreas. "Simone Weil: Equality as Compassion." PHILOSOPHY AND PHENOMENOLOGICAL RESEARCH XLIII, No. 2. December (1982): pp. 221-237.
  • Teuber, Andreas. "The Relevant Reasons for Distributing Health Care." SOUTHERN JOURNAL OF PHILOSOPHY XIX, Number 4. Winter (1981): pp. 517-530.
  • Teuber, Andreas. "Eugene McCarthy's Presidential Campaign." AMERICAN JOURNEY: THE TIMES OF ROBERT KENNEDY. First ed. vol. I Ed. George Plimpton and Jean Stein. Harcourt-Brace, 1970. 20.
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ANDREAS TEUBER studied philosophy at Oxford with Paul Grice and at Harvard, where his Ph.D.advisers were John Rawls ("A Theory of Justice") and Robert Nozick ("Anarchy, State and Utopia").

He is currently an Associate Professor of the Department of Philosophy and served as its Department Chair from 2005-2010.

His scholarship encompasses the internationalization of human rights, issues of social inequality, risk analysis, the nature and limits of democratic forms of deliberation, civic participation and renewal, cosmopolitanism, and the relation of U. S. Constitutional Law to international covenants, understandings and agreements as well as the relation of decisions of the U.S. Supreme Court to the opinions of international courts and tribunals.

He has published in such journals as the American Scientist, Political Theory and Daedalus: the Journal for the American Academy of Arts and Sciences as well as written for The London Review of Books, The New York Times and The Boston Globe.

He has been a member and fellow of the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton and has received fellowships from the Fulbright Program and the National Endowment for the Humanities.

He is the recipient of two Brandeis teaching awards, the Michael Laban Walzer Award and the Kermit H. Perlmutter Fellowship Award for Excellence in Teaching. His syllabus for the Introduction to Philosophy course that he teaches here at Brandeis is listed among the Top Ten Most Popular Philosophy Syllabi in the world.

He is the contributor to two books: AMERICAN JOURNEY: The Times of Robert Kennedy , edited by Jean Stein and George Plimpton and RISK: Public Health and Risk Assessment, edited by Edward J. Burger and the author of a number of articles in philosophy, politics and law, among them, "Justifying Risk" which appeared in Daedalus: the Journal for the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, "The Relevant Reasons for Distributing Health Care" which appeared in the Southern Journal of Philosophy, "Simone Weil: Equality as Compassion" which appeared in Philosophy and Phenomenological Research, and "Kant's Respect for Persons" and "A Defense of Pluralism and Equality," both of which appeared in Political Theory .

He is currently a member of the Harvard Summer School Faculty.

After a year as an undergraduate at Oxford, he was cast in the role of Mephistopheles in the Oxford University Drama Society production of Christopher Marlowe's "Doctor Faustus," opposite Richard Burton as Faustus and Elizabeth Taylor as Helen of Troy and he repeated his role in the Columbia Pictures movie version of Doctor Faustus (1967) made the following summer and now available on DVD. Subsequently he guest-starred on a number of television series, among them, "I Spy" with Bill Cosby and Robert Culp and "The Big Valley" with Barbara Stanwyck, Linda Evans, Lee Majors, Richard Long, and Peter Breck.

He also played the title role in the PBS N.E.T. Playhouse National telecast of "Jesus - A Passion Play for Americans" (1970), a jazz/rock re-telling (music by Peter Ivers) of the last ten days of Christ, produced by Jac Venza, a forerunner of "Godspell: A Musical Based on the Gospel According to St. Matthew" (1973) and "Jesus Christ Superstar" (1973)..

He founded the new Poets' Theater and was its Artistic Director from 1987 to 1998, working with poets Seamus Heaney, Joseph Brodsky, Derek Walcott, Anthony Hecht, Amy Clampitt, Richard Wilbur, John Ashbery, Kenward Elmslie, Alison Lurie, Kenneth Koch, William Corbett, Joe LeSuer, Lloyd Schwartz, Gail Mazur and Allen Ginsberg. In 1992 he founded the Cambridge Theater Company, and also served as its Artistic Director until 1998. The Theater Company produced its shows at the Hasty Pudding Theater in Harvard Square and gained a reputation as Boston's leading off-Broadway theater. In 1998 the Theater Company was awarded the Elliot Norton Award, Boston's highest Theater Honor, for the Best Production of the Year.

As director of many of the stage productions for both the Poets Theater and the Cambridge Theater Company, he directed onstage, among others, Claire Bloom, William Cain, Stockard Channing, Lindsay Crouse, Blythe Danner, Peter Falk Julie Harris, John Heard, Cherry Jones, Bill Murray, Alan Rachins, Christopher Reeve, Wallace Shawn, Kathryn Walker, Sam Waterston, Debra Winger and Irene Worth.









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Awards and Honors

  • Top 10 Most Popular Philosophy Syllabi in the World (2006)
  • First Kermit H. Perlmutter Award for Excellence in Teaching (1988 - 1989)
  • Michael L. Walzer Award for Excellence in Teaching (1987 - 1988)
  • Andrew W. Mellon Assistant Professor, Brandeis University (1985 - 1988)
  • National Endowment for Humanities Fellowship (1983 - 1984)
  • Member and Fellow, The Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton (1980)

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