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Lorenzo Serini


In February 2021 I completed my PhD in Philosophy at the University of Warwick.

Since 2017 I have been teaching as a Graduate Teaching Assistant in the Philosophy Department at the University of Warwick.

Since October 2020 I have been an Early Career Teaching Fellow at the Institute for Advanced Studies (IAS) and at the Institute for Advanced Teaching and Learning (IATL).

Since March 2021 I have been a tutor at Eutopia European University.

My research focuses on Post-Kantian European Philosophy (esp. Nietzsche), the history of scepticism (esp. Pyrrhonism and Montaigne); and the history of philosophy of the emotions (including specific emotions e.g. hope). I am also very interested in ancient and modern conceptions of philosophy as a way of life (esp. the Hellenistic schools, Hadot, and Foucault), and virtue epistemology. Moreover, I have research and pedagogical expertise in various moral and political topics in the history of philosophy.

Recently, I have joined a research project on The Mediterranean Roots of the European Spirt aimed at problematising and rethinking national and supranational identities in the key of interculturalism and cosmopolitanism. I am also committed to rediscovering and presenting the figure of Paul Valéry, a famous French poet, as a kind of philosopher.

Before joining the University of Warwick in 2016, I completed my BA and MA in Philosophy at the University of Pisa under the supervision of Professor Giuliano Campioni.

PhD Thesis

Title: Senses of Scepticism in Nietzsche's Middle Writings: How He Became a Sceptic

Supervisor: Professor Keith Ansell-Pearson

In my thesis I explore Nietzsche’s views on scepticism, focusing especially in the middle writings (1878-1882). I endeavour to demonstrate that in these works, and starting from Human, All Too Human, Nietzsche begins to define his philosophical task in connection with various forms of scepticism. By investigating his thinking about different scepticisms I aim to reveal important, yet neglected, aspects of Nietzsche's free-spirited philosophy, such as the extent to which he is committed to practices of truth and truthfulness.

Scholarship: Centre for Arts Doctoral Research Excellence

Examiners: Prof. Stephen Houlgate (University of Warwick) and Professor Robert Pippin (University of Chicago).


2019 – ‘A concepção nietzschiana de ceticismo em Schopenhauer como educador’, in Cadernos Nietzsche, 40(3), pp.115-170.

2019 – Review of Diego E. Machuca and Baron Reed (eds.), Skepticism: from Antiquity to the Present, Bloomsbury, in The Warwick Journal of Philosophy (PLI), 204-2013.

2015 – 'Where Philosophy Meets Poetry in Nietzsche's Writings between 1872-1873', in Odradek: Studies in Philosophy of Literature, Aesthetics and New Media Theories, 1(2).

2015 – Co-editor ‘Aesthetics in the Age of New Media, Odradek: Studies in Philosophy of Literature, Aesthetics and New Media Theories, 1(1).

2013 – ‘Nietzsche e Valéry: La filosofia di fronte all’epilogo’, in Il Velo Scolpito, ed. Danilo Manca, Pisa: ETS.

Graduate Teaching Assistant

2020 (Autumn Term) – Understanding Wellbeing: Theory and Practice, IATL, University of Warwick.

In the context of this interdisciplinary module, I convened the session on 'Emotions and Wellbeing' in week 7, for which I developed a blended teaching approach comprising of synchronous and asynchronous teaching strategies.

Seminar Teaching

2020 (Autumn Term) – Philosophy of the Emotions, Department of Philosophy, University of Warwick.

2019 (Autumn Term) – Philosophy of the Emotions, Department of Philosophy, University of Warwick.

2019 (Spring Term) – Making Decisions, Department of Philosophy, University of Warwick.

2018 (Autumn Term) – Feedback Facilitator, Department of Philosophy, University of Warwick.

2018 (Spring Term) – Nietzsche in Context, Department of Philosophy, University of Warwick.

Guest Lecture

19-11-2019 – Philosophy of the Emotions: ‘Stendhal, Nietzsche, and De Beauvoir on love’, University of Warwick

Teaching Awards, Qualifications, Certificates

2020 WATE PGR: Warwick Awards for Teaching Excellence for Postgraduates who Teach (Winner)

2019-2020 – Postgraduate Award in Teaching and Learning in Higher Education (30 credits, distinction)

2019 – Departmental Teaching Award for Outstanding Contribution to Teaching

2018-present – Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (AFHEA)

Conference Organisation

2021 – Co-organiser La ragione impura: sulla filosofia di Remo Bodei, Istituto Italiano per gli Studi Filosofici.

2021 – Co-organiser ‘Blood at the Leaves / And Blood at the Roots’: Reconsidering Forms of Enslavement and Subjugation across Disciplines, CRPLA Conference, University of Warwick

2021 – Co-organiser Continental Philosophy and Its Histories, Warwick Continental Philosophy Conference (3rd ed.), University of Warwick

2019 – Co-organiser What is Philosophy: Past, Present, Future, Warwick Continental Philosophy Conference (2rd ed.), University of Warwick

2018 – Co-organiser Nietzsche Psychologist of Décadence, Ca’ Foscari University of Venice, University of Warwick, and Seminario Permanente Nietzscheano

Research Networks

Member of the Centre for Research in Post-Kantian European Philosophy, University of Warwick

Member of Seminario Permanente Nietzscheano (SPN), Centro Colli-Montinari

PhD Representative for the Warwick Centre for Research in Philosophy, Literature, and the Arts (CRPLA)

Editorial Position

2021 – Reviewer at De Gruyter

2019-2021 – Assistant Editor at Exchanges: The Interdisciplinary Research Journal

Public Engagement

I co-produced an online interdisciplinary module opened to all students and staff at the University of Warwick. This module aims to foster a holistic understanding of wellbeing, of both its concepts and practices, across varied disciplines, with a view to having an impact on the Warwick community at large, by providing the participants with the conceptual tools to critically think about what it means to be or live well. In this context, I co-produced a podcast and recorded one of its episodes.

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IAS/IATL Early Career Teaching Fellow, Graduate Teaching Assistant


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'A [human being] is in a condition of genius when he loves and ridicules the same thing at the same time'.

(Friedrich Nietzsche, Notebook 17 (1876), Fragment 16)

The mark of a good teacher: the ability to give a greater sense of possibility to another person.