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Keith Ansell-Pearson

Profile

I joined Warwick's Philosophy Department in 1993 and have held a Personal Chair since 1998. I did my graduate studies at the University of Sussex. I have presented lectures around the world, including Australia, Brazil, Canada, France, Germany, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Switzerland, and the United States. In 2013/14 I was Senior Visiting Research Fellow in the Humanities at Rice University. I have research interests in the history of philosophy; modern European philosophy; American philosophy (Emerson and Thoreau); philosophy of the emotions and passions; and philosophy as a way of life.

Teaching

In the academic year 2020/21 I will be teaching an undergraduate module on the Philosophy of the Emotions (autumn term), a MA module on Nietzsche (autumn term), and a MA module on Emerson, Thoreau, and Philosophy as a Way of Life (spring term).

PH381 Philosophy of the Emotions

Recent Research

In 2018 Bloomsbury Press published Bergson. Thinking Beyond the Human Condition. This book has received an Outstanding Academic Titles Award by CHOICE. In 2018 Bloomsbury Press also published Nietzsche's Search for Philosophy: On the Middle Writings. I have recently completed a co-authored study of Nietzsche's text Dawn (Philosophy, Ethics, and the Passion of Knowledge) with Rebecca Bamford that will be published in 2020 by Wiley-Blackwell. We approach Nietzsche's text as an exercise in emancipation from fear, superstition, hatred of the self and the body, the short cuts of religion, and the presumption that there is a single moral-making morality. Although there is no master concept at work in Dawn, and no overarching method (but a plurality of methods that add up to an experimental philosophy), the text may be better for their absence, helping to constitute one of Nietzsche’s most subtle and delicate experiments at writing and thinking.

Current Research

Essays

  • An essay on 'Bergson and Philosophy as a Way of Life' has recently been published in the volume of essays, Interpreting Bergson: Critical Essays (Cambridge University Press), edited by Alexandre Lefebvre and Nils Schott.
  • I have recently completed an essay on Bergson on the emotions that will be published in the Routledge volume, The Bergsonian Mind, being edited by Mark Sinclair and Yaron Wolf.
  • With Federico Testa I have completed an essay on Jean-Marie Guyau and ethics for the Oxford Handbook of Modern French Philosophy, and that is being edited by Mark Sinclair and Daniel Whistler.
  • I am researching an essay on Proust and memory for a volume being edited by Anna Elsner and Tom Stern, and for Routledge's Philosophical Minds series.
  • I have completed an essay on 'Making Sense of Nietzsche as a Sceptic', to be published in Celine Denat & Patrick Wotling (eds.), On Nietzsche Making Sense of Nietzsche (Reims University Press, forthcoming 2021).
  • I am researching an essay on figurations of the poet in the middle writings for a volume of essays on Nietzsche being edited by James I. Porter for a new series entitled Cambridge Studies in Literature and Philosophy.

Book Projects

  • With Federico Testa I am preparing an English edition and translation of Jean-Marie Guyau’s text, The Ethics of Epicurus (1878).
  • With Paul S. Loeb I am co-editing a new volume of essays on Thus Spoke Zarathustra for Cambridge University Press to be published in their 'Critical Guides' series. The volume will showcase new research.
  • I have been appointed general editor of a publication venture by Bloomsbury Press. This is the translation into English of the recently published series by PUF (2016-18) of three public lecture courses by Bergson: The History of the Idea of Time (1902/3), The History of Theories of Memory (1903/4), The Evolution of the Problem of Freedom (1904/5).

Books in Progress

  • I am researching a book on Emerson, Thoreau and philosophy as a way of life. The book will contain chapters devoted to the following topics: sympathy as a mode of attentiveness and perception that enlarges our sense of self and expands our perception of the world; appeals to the sublime; the cultivation of the emotions; the task of the poet; the experience of, and relation to, time; the attraction to the Aurora; friendship; society and solitude.
  • For the past decade I have devoted most of my research on Nietzsche to illuminating and highlighting the importance of his neglected middle writings, notably Dawn. I am now researching a book that takes the form of a philosophical encounter and engagement with the texts that make up volume two of Human, all too Human, namely, Mixed Opinions and Maxims and The Wanderer and His Shadow.

Links

Nietzsche's Middle Writings: An Interview with Richard Marshall

'In Our Time' (BBC Radio 4) on Bergson and Time, May 2019

Why I write such excellent songs: David Bowie 1947-2016 (Radical Philosophy, issue 196, 2016)

Re-inventing Philosophy as a Way of Life Book Series

The Edinburgh Critical Guides to Nietzsche, Series Editors Keith Ansell-Pearson & Daniel Conway

Selected Book Publications

Authored

  • 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
  • Nietzsche's Dawn: Philosophy, Ethics, and the Passion of Knowledge (co-authored with Rebecca Bamford) (Wiley Blackwell, forthcoming 2020).
  • Bergson and the Time of Life (Routledge, 2002). Read Review
  • Bergson: Thinking Beyond the Human Condition (Bloomsbury Press, 2018). Read review | Read review | Read Review

Edited

  • Nietzsche and Modern German Thought (Routledge, 1991).
  • A Companion to Nietzsche (Blackwell, 2006).
  • (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 Paul S. Loeb), A Critical Guide to Nietzsche's Thus Spoke Zarathustra (Cambridge University Press, forthcoming 2021).

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