Skip to main content Skip to navigation

Keith Ansell-Pearson

"Everything good is on the highway. The middle region of our being is the temperate zone. We may climb into the thin and cold realm of pure geometry and lifeless science, or sink into that of sensation. Between these extremes is the equator of life, of thought, of spirit, of poetry - a narrow belt", Emerson.

Professor of Philosophy, Warwick University, 1993-2021.Honorary President of the Friedrich Nietzsche Society, 2021-.

Current Research

Nietzsche and the Wisdom of Life: On the Philosopher as Wanderer. I am preparing a new appreciation of Nietzsche focused on the nature of philosophical wisdom. Topics covered include the figure of the philosopher as wanderer and intellectual nomadism; Stoicism and the wisdom of life; wise scepticism; philosophical cheerfulness; Epicureanism and naturalism; and the poets and the passions. My appreciation brings Nietzsche into rapport with various American thinkers and writers, including Emerson (whom he regarded as his 'soul-brother'), Thoreau, Santayana (who was an astute reader of both Emerson and Nietzsche), and Stanley Cavell.

Selected Book Publications


  • Nietzsche contra Rousseau (Cambridge University Press, 1991).
  • Nietzsche's Search for Philosophy: On the Middle Writings (Bloomsbury Press, 2018). Read Review | Read Review | Read Review | Read Review | Read Review | Read Review
  • Nietzsche's Dawn: Philosophy, Ethics, and the Passion of Knowledge (co-authored with Rebecca Bamford) (Wiley Blackwell, 2020). Read Review
  • Philosophy and the Adventure of the Virtual: Bergson and the Time of Life (Routledge, 2002).
  • Bergson: Thinking Beyond the Human Condition (Bloomsbury Press, 2018). Read review | Read review | Read Review


  • Nietzsche and Modern German Thought (Routledge, 1991).
  • (with Duncan Large) The Nietzsche Reader (Blackwell, 2006).
  • (with John O Maoilerca) Bergson: Key Writings (Bloomsbury Press, 2002, second edition 2014).
  • The New Century: Bergsonism, Phenomenology, and Responses to Modern Science (Acumen/University of Chicago Press, 2010). Read review 
  • (with Federico Testa) Jean-Marie Guyau, The Ethics of Epicurus, trans. F. Testa (Bloomsbury Academic, October 2021).

In Progress & Forthcoming

  • Nietzsche and the Wisdom of Life: On the Philosopher as Wanderer (in progress).
  • Thus Spoke Zarathustra: A Critical Guide, co-edited with Paul S. Loeb (Cambridge University Press, 2022).
  • The Empathetic Emotions, co-edited with David James (Oxford University Press, forthcoming 2023).

Co-editor of two book series: Critical Guides to Nietzsche (Edinburgh University Press) and Re-Inventing Philosophy as a Way of Life (Bloomsbury).

    Emeritus Professor of Philosophy

    Ethics of Epicurus