Andy Amato specializes in 19th and 20th century continental philosophy and ethics. He is also well-versed in ancient philosophy, aesthetics, theology, and philosophy of technology. He originally studied painting & drawing and religion at the University of North Texas, theology at Brite Divinity School at TCU, and philosophy and history of ideas at the University of Texas at Dallas.
He has taught courses in the history of philosophy, existentialism, radical philosophy, philosophy of technology, philosophy of art, ethics, ancient philosophy, philosophy of religion, American transcendentalism, as well as classes in art appreciation and general introductions to the humanities. He has presented numerous papers at various conferences and published peer-reviewed essays on the ethical nature of time, the philosopher Levinas, and the institution of friendship as it relates to global justice.
His first book reads select plays by Shakespeare through and against works by Heidegger: The Ethical Imagination in Shakespeare and Heidegger (Bloomsbury 2019). His next book reads Shakespeare through the lens of Emerson.