Ph.D., Graduate Faculty, New School for Social Research, 1982.
Office: Edmund J. Cain Hall (EJCH)108E
Ancient Greek philosophy (especially Plato and Aristotle); recent continental European philosophy (especially Levinas and Derrida), psychoanalytic theory.
Professor Achtenberg is the author of Essential Vulnerabilities: Plato and Levinas on Relations to the Other (forthcoming, Northwestern University Press, June 2014) and of Cognition of Value in Aristotle's Ethics: Promise of Enrichment, Threat of Destruction (State University of New York Press, 2002).
Her essays on Aristotle's ethics have appeared in Essays in Ancient Greek Philosophy IV: Aristotle's Ethics (State University of New York Press), Crossroads of Norm and Nature: Essays on Aristotle's 'Ethics' and 'Metaphysics' (Rowman and Littlefield) and Feminism and Ancient Philosophy (Routledge).
Her essay, "The Eternal and the New: Socrates and Levinas on Desire and Need" appeared in Levinas and the Ancients (Indiana University Press, 2008). Another essay, "Plato and Levinas on Violence and the Other," appeared in the Spring 2011 edition of Symposium: Canadian Journal of Continental Philosophy.
Her recent conference papers include "Dogs," an essay on the figure of the dog in Emmanuel Levinas's writings, delivered at "Readings of Difficult Freedom," Toulouse, France, 2010, and "Derrida Between Moses and Elijah," delivered at "Derrida Today," London, England, 2010.