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Keith Ansell-Pearson

I joined Warwick's Philosophy Department in 1993 and have held a Personal Chair since 1998.

Recent Research

In recent years I have sought to make a contribution to the appreciation of Nietzsche with a focus on his middle writings. These are writings that Nietzsche considered his most congenial, that Foucault aptly describes as 'strange, witty, and graceful', and that according to Havelock Ellis represent the maturity of his genius. In 2018 Bloomsbury Press published Nietzsche's Search for Philosophy: On the Middle Writings. A study of Nietzsche's text Dawn (Philosophy, Ethics, and the Passion of Knowledge), co-authored with Rebecca Bamford, has recently been published by Wiley-Blackwell. Though a groundbreaking text, Dawn remains one of the least studied texts in Nietzsche’s corpus, but is experiencing a resurgence of interest as trends in contemporary research have focused on Nietzsche’s naturalism and his futurism. Our study articulates Dawn’s nascent contributions to the signature doctrines of Nietzsche’s mature scholarship, and examines the continuing relevance of his critique of fear, superstition, and moral and religious fanaticism. We highlight Dawn’s social-psychological insights and its critical reflections on traditional morality, making connections with recent scholarship on skepticism, ethical naturalism and experimentalism, and the art of living well.

In 2018 Bloomsbury Press published Bergson. Thinking Beyond the Human Condition, which received an Outstanding Academic Titles Award by CHOICE. The book seeks to illuminate Bergson's view that philosophy is the discipline of thinking that makes the effort to think beyond the human condition so as to enrich our sense of self and extend our perception of the universe. The book features chapters on Bergson on time and freedom, on memory, on his reformation of philosophy, on religion, on ethics, and on education and the art of life.

Current Research


    • With Federico Testa I have prepared an English edition and translation of Jean-Marie Guyau’s text, The Ethics of Epicurus (1878). Bloomsbury Academic will publish the text in 2021.
    • With Paul S. Loeb I have co-edited a new volume of essays on Thus Spoke Zarathustra for Cambridge University Press to be published in their 'Critical Guides' series. The volume showcases new research. My own contribution takes the form of an appreciation of the book as an exercise in philosophy as a way of life.
    • With David James I am co-editing a volume of essays on the empathetic emotions and for publication with Oxford University Press. My own contribution will take the form of an essay on Emerson and Thoreau on sympathy.


    • 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.
    • I am researching an essay on Schopenhauer on Stoicism as a way of life and on the wisdom of life for a volume being edited by David Woods and Timothy Stoll, The Schopenhauerian Mind and in Routledge's 'Philosophical Minds' series.
    • An essay entitled "Nietzsche on Transforming the Passions into Joys: On the Middle Writings and Thus Spoke Zarathustra" has recently been published in Ainsi parlait Zarathoustra. Nietzsche et la philosophie de l'affirmation, sous la direction de C. Bertot, J. Leclercq et P. Wotling (Presses Universitaires de Louvain).
    • 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.

    Links to Book Series

    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



    • 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


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