Benjamin Roth, PhD

Preceptor in Expository Writing, Harvard University
Ben Roth received his PhD in philosophy from Boston University after studying philosophy and English at Williams College, and has held fellowships at the University of Cambridge and the Institute for Human Sciences in Vienna. He has taught courses on the narrative self, existentialism, and philosophical films for the Harvard College Writing Program. Specializing in nineteenth and twentieth-century European thought and intersections between philosophy and literature, he has written about Heidegger, Sartre, Wittgenstein, Richard Powers' The Overstory, Paul de Man's deconstructionist reading of Jean-Jacques Rousseau's Confessions, and the problem of nihilism in architectural phenomenology. He also publishes occasional works of criticism and fiction.


  • PhD Boston University