Andreas Teuber

Associate Professor of Philosophy

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Office: Rabb Graduate Center 306
Phone: 781-736-2789
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Voting: Private Right or Public Trust? The Nature of Citizenship in a Democracy, Philosophy of Art, Painting, Photography & Film. Liberty and Equality, Ordinary Language Philosophy, Natural Kinds and Human Kinds, The Internationalization of Human Rights, Duty to Rescue Law, R2P, De-criminalizing Harmless Criminal Attempt Laws, Felony Murder, International Rules of War, Civic Engagement, Civil Resistance, The Case Against the Secret Ballot, Surveillance and the Right to Privacy,


  • PHIL 1a - Introduction to Philosophy
  • PHIL 110a - Meaning in Life and Why It Matters
  • PHIL 113b - Aesthetics: Painting, Photography, and Film
  • PHIL 115b - Art, Technology, and Thinking in Heidegger's Later Thought
  • PHIL 116b - Politics and Markets
  • PHIL 119a - Human Rights
  • PHIL 125b - Philosophy of Law
  • PHIL 126a - What Does it Mean to be a Global Citizen?
  • PHIL 200a - Graduate Proseminar


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Andreas Teuber

Associate Professor of Philosophy


ANDREAS TEUBER studied philosophy at Oxford with Paul Grice and at Harvard, where his Ph.D. advisors were John Rawls ("A Theory of Justice") and Robert Nozick ("Anarchy, State and Utopia"). He is an Associate Professor of the Department of Philosophy and served as its Department Chair from 2005-2011. 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 the Sage Publication: 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, 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,” 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 in 1987 and was its Artistic Director well into the 1990’s, working with poets Seamus Heaney, Joseph Brodsky, Derek Walcott, Anthony Hecht, Amy Clampitt, Richard Wilbur, John Ashbery, Kenward Elmslie, Alison Lurie, Donald Hall, Kenneth Koch, William Corbett, Joe LeSuer, Lloyd Schwartz, Frank Bidart, Gail Mazur, Robert Pinsky, Rosanna Warren and Allen Ginsberg, among others. 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 a co-recipient of 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 worked with and directed onstage, among others, Claire Bloom, William Cain, Stockard Channing, Lindsay Crouse, Blythe Danner, Peter Falk, Julie Harris, John Heard, Jackie Mason, Mort Sahl, Spalding Gray, Cherry Jones, Bill Murray, Alan Rachins, Christopher Reeve, Wallace Shawn, Kathryn Walker, Sam Waterston, Debra Winger and Irene Worth.


Awards and Honors

  • Top 10 Most Popular Philosophy Syllabi in the World - continuing (2008 - 2020)
  • Winner of the Brandeis Hillel 2nd Annual Latke-Hammentaschen Debate, co-sponsored by the Brandeis Debate Team (2008)
  • Top 10 Most Popular Philosophy Syllabi in the World (2006 - 2018)
  • 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, The Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton (1980 - 2025)


  • Andreas Teuber. ""Stanley Cavell Meets Samuel Beckett's Three-Legged Giraffe"." Must We Mean at Fifty,. Ed. Editors, Juliet Floyd, Sandra Laugier, and Gregory Chase. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press, 2020 (forthcoming)
  • Andreas Teuber. "Cavell's Ear for Things." Inheriting Cavell: Memories, Dreams, Reflections. Ed. Editor David LaRocca.. London, Oxford: Bloomsbury Publishing, 2020 (forthcoming)
  • Teuber, Andreas. "“Super Tuesday”." THE JUSTICE, March 3, 2020 VIEWS ON THE NEW
  • Teuber, Andreas. "“Syria Invasion”." THE JUSTICE, October 15, 2016 VIEWS ON THE NEW
  • Teuber, Andreas. "“The Iowa Caucus”." THE JUSTICE, Feb.11, 2020 VIEWS ON THE NEW
  • Teuber, Andreas. ""The Play's the Thing"." BRANDEIS MAGAZINE July 2015.
  • Teuber, Andreas. ""Love and War, Unlimited: Is It True that All Is Fair in Love & War?"." BRANDEIS MAGAZINE July 2015: pp. 8-9.
  • I SPY (DVD). Actor Teuber, Andreas. Sony Pictures, 2008.
  • JESUS: A PASSION PLAY FOR AMERICANS (VIDEO). Actor Teuber, Andreas. N.E.T. Playhouse, Channel 13 New York (PBS), 2008.
  • THE BIG VALLEY (DVD). Actor Teuber, Andreas. 20TH CENTURY FOX, 2007.
  • THE IMPORTED BRIDEGROOM (DVD). Actor Teuber, Andreas. The National Center for Jewish Film, 2007.
  • 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, Michael Douma. ART & OPTICS. 2006. Fund for the Improvement of Post-Secondary School Education. <>.
  • Teuber, Andreas. "When Is It Murder?." NEWSDAY October 29, 2006: Sunday Magazine 10 pages.
  • Teuber, Andreas. Twenty One Legal Puzzlers: A Series of Short Takes and Murder Mysteries in Criminal, Civil and Constitutional Law Complete with Commentaries. Hackett Publishing, 2005.
  • DOCTOR FAUSTUS (DVD). Actor Teuber, Andreas. Sony Pictures, 2004.
  • Teuber, Andreas. "Dr. Faustus on Stage and Film." Marlowe's Dr. Faustus. Ed. Lake, James & Ribner, Irving. Hackett Publishing, 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.