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The OU Graduate Nietzsche Conference

Friday, October 14, 2022 - 09:45 to Saturday, October 15, 2022 - 19:00

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Keynote speakers:

Dr Rachel Cristy (King’s College London)
Dr Mattia Riccardi (University of Porto)

About the conference:

In the not-too-distant past, graduates specialising in the study of Nietzsche’s philosophy were relatively rare. Now we are many. Yet, post-pandemic, there are fewer opportunities to present and discuss our research. The graduate community of Nietzsche scholars at The Open University invites graduate researchers with an interest in this subject to submit papers for our OU Online Graduate Conference on Nietzsche.

We welcome submissions on any philosophical and/or interpretative question related to Nietzsche’s works or ideas. The following topics reflect the interests of the organisers:

  • Nietzsche on the self
  • Incorporation (Einverleibung), embodiment and embodied cognition in Nietzsche
  • What is consciousness for Nietzsche and what, if anything, does it allow agents to do?
  • Free will, and Nietzsche’s alternative conceptions of freedom/free will
  • Nietzsche’s psychology compared to others, e.g., Freud, James, and Ricoeur etc.
  • Who are Nietzsche’s ideal agents? What is the relationship between the capacities individuals possess and the values they hold or should hold?
  • Nietzsche’s evaluation of asceticism; the ascetic ideal versus askesis (self-discipline)
  • Nietzsche and the falsification thesis. Where, if at all, does falsification enter knowledge for Nietzsche?
  • Perspectivism and the possibility of objective knowledge
  • How do other thinkers and philosophical traditions illuminate aspects of Nietzsche’s thinking, and/or vice versa?
  • Nietzsche on the will to truth

Further information

The conference will be hosted online via Microsoft Teams across two days on Friday 14 and Saturday 15 October. Speakers will have 20 minutes to present their papers, followed by 20 minutes for discussion. Abstract submissions have now closed. However, if you would like to attend, please complete the registration form linked below. Participation is free for all.

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James Leigh, Joseph Coppin, and Robert Jones (The Open University)

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