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Simon Scott


I studied under the supervision of Professor Keith Ansell-Pearson and completed my PhD, entitled ‘Gilles Deleuze and Superior Life', in May 2011. My doctoral thesis centred on Deleuze’s reading of Nietzsche and critically assessed Deleuze’s configuration of Nietzsche’s Overman and the nature of affirmation. I have been a Teaching Fellow since 2012, teaching continental, ancient and analytic philosophy.

I am currently working on two main areas of research:

First, Deleuze's strategy for overcoming ressentiment in his reading of Nietzsche, and his configuration of the philosopher as a genealogist.

Secondly, shame and erotic love in Plato's Symposium and Phaedrus. I'm looking at the changes in Plato's treatment of these topics and the ethics emerging from this.

Teaching (2016-2017)

Previous courses taught: Ancient Philosophy (Plato's Symposium and Phaedrus), Introduction to Ancient Philosophy (as a 3-term module), Nietzsche (Masters-level), Philosophy in Practice, Applied Ethics and Nietzsche in Context.


I am particularly interested in supervising undergraduate and postgraduate dissertations in the areas of ancient philosophy, Nietzsche and (postgraduates only) Deleuze. I am currently supervising dissertations on Schopenhauer and Epicurus, and on the philosophy of love.

I have previous supervised undergraduate and postgraduate dissertations on Deleuze, Nietzsche, Plato, Aristotle, the Epicureans and on topics in applied ethics.

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