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Peter Poellner

My current research focuses on two main thematic areas. First, I am interested in questions concerning non-conceptual dimensions of personal-level intentionality. This work in the theory of intentionality feeds into my second main research interest: affective intentionality and the philosophy of value. I am working on a book on this subject, part of which addresses meta-issues, including the question of value realism, supervenience, the relation between aesthetic and ethical value, and the role of narrative in evaluative discourse. The second, more historical aspect of this project centres on an attempt to understand certain important shifts that have taken place in evaluative discourse and practice in the transition from the pre-modern to the modern period, and again in the break with the dominant Enlightenment paradigm during the "modernist" period in the 20th century and beyond.

This area of my research connects with a more general interest in 19th and 20th century continental European philosophy, particularly in Nietzsche and the phenomenological thinkers, including Husserl, Scheler, Sartre, and early Heidegger, but also in phenomenologically inspired literary figures such as Robert Musil. I also continue to have a lively interest in those strands of current analytic philosophy which engage in substantial constitutive analysis of conscious intentionality.

Selected Publications:

Nietzsche and Metaphysics (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1995/pbk. 2000).

‘Perspectival Truth’, in B. Leiter and J. Richardson (eds.), Nietzsche (Oxford University Press, 2001) (Oxford Readings in Philosophy.)

‘Nonconceptual Content, Experience and the Self’, Journal of Consciousness Studies 10, no. 2, 2003, pp. 32-57

‘Self-Deception, Consciousness and Value’, Journal of Consciousness Studies, 11, no. 10-11, 2004, pp. 44-65

'Phenomenology and Science in Nietzsche', in K. Ansell Pearson (ed.) A Companion to Nietzsche (Oxford: Blackwell, 2006), pp. 297-313.

‘Affect, Value and Objectivity’, in B. Leiter and N. Sinhababu (eds) Nietzsche and Morality (Oxford University Press, 2007), pp. 227-261.

‘Consciousness in the World: Husserlian Phenomenology and Externalism’, in M. Rosen and B. Leiter (eds) The Oxford Handbook of Continental Philosophy (Oxford University Press, 2007), pp. 409-461.

‘Nietzschean Freedom’ , in K. Gemes and S. May (eds) Nietzsche on Autonomy and Freedom (Oxford University Press, 2009), pp. 125-152.

'Selbstbewußtsein, Selbsttäuschung und Ausdruck', in R. Bernet and A. Kapust (eds) Die Sichtbarkeit des Unsichtbaren (Paderborn: Wilhelm Fink, 2009), pp. 115-129.

Ressentiment and Morality’, in S. May (ed.) A Critical Guide to Nietzsche’s 'On the Genealogy of Morality' (Cambridge University Press, 2011), pp. 120-141.

‘Value’, in S. Luft and S. Overgaard (eds) The Routledge Companion to Phenomenology (London: Routledge, 2011), pp. 297-306.

‘Aestheticist Ethics’, in C. Janaway and S. Robertson (eds) Nietzsche, Naturalism and Normativity (Oxford University Press, 2012), pp. 52-80.

'Nietzsche's Metaphysical Sketches: Causality and Will to Power', in K. Gemes and J. Richardson (eds) The Oxford Handbook of Nietzsche (Oxford University Press, 2013), pp. 675-700.

'Early Heidegger and Sartre on Authenticity', in D. McManus (ed.) Heidegger, Authenticity and the Self (Routledge, 2014), pp. 243-262.

'Ressentiment and the Possibility of Intentional Self-Deception', in P. Kail and M. Dries (eds) Nietzsche on Mind and Nature (Oxford University Press, 2015), pp. 189-211.

'Action, Value and Autonomy: A Quasi-Sartrean View', in S. Baiasu (ed.), Comparing Kant and Sartre (Palgrave Macmillan, 2015), pp. 132-57.

'On Nietzschean Constitutivism', European Journal of Philosophy 23:1 (2015), pp. 162-9.

'Early Sartre on Freedom and Ethics', European Journal of Philosophy 23:2 (2015), pp. 221-47.

'Phenomenology and the Perceptual Model of Emotion', Proceedings of the Aristotelian Society 116:3 (2016), pp. 261-88.


Peter Poellner

Professor Peter Poellner
Department of Philosophy
University of Warwick
Coventry CV4 7AL