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Professor Christopher Janaway BA, DPhil


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Professor Christopher Janaway is a Professor of Philosophy at the University of Southampton.

My main work is in History of Philosophy, specialising in the philosophy of Arthur Schopenhauer and Friedrich Nietzsche.

I studied Philosophy, Classics, and German as an undergraduate, and have worked primarily in the history of philosophy, interpreting historical texts and applying the methods of analytic philosophy. My DPhil thesis was on Schopenhauer, and provided the basis for the book Self and World in Schopenhauer’s Philosophy (1989). Schopenhauer: A Very Short Introduction (2002) made some of this work accessible to a wider audience. The book Images of Excellence: Plato’s Critique of the Arts (1995) arose out of early interests in Aesthetics and Greek Philosophy.

During my time at Southampton my research has been concentrated on Nietzsche and Schopenhauer. The book Beyond Selflessness: Reading Nietzsche’s Genealogy appeared in 2007. From 2007 to 2010 I was Principal Investigator on the research project Nietzsche and Modern Moral Philosophy, and began my role as General Editor of the Cambridge Edition of the Works of Schopenhauer in translation, which was completed with the publication of the sixth volume in 2018. In recent years I have delivered keynote speeches at the North American Nietzsche Society in New York, the International Society for Nietzsche Studies in Bonn, and the Japan Schopenhauer Association in Kyoto. In 2013 I was invited as Brackenridge Distinguished Visiting Professor at the University of Texas at San Antonio.

I have published numerous articles in refereed journals and edited collections. The predominant thematic focus since 2010 has been on the relationships between Nietzsche and Schopenhauer over issues concerning morality, suffering, the self, religion, and affirmation of life versus pessimism. Most recently I have been researching philosophical pessimism in the period after Schopenhauer, and some aspects of classical Indian philosophy, in particular concerning ethics and the metaphysics of self (and Buddhist ‘no-self’), in order to investigate the philosophical significance of Schopenhauer’s and Nietzsche’s respective receptions of Indian philosophy.


BA, Philosophy and German, University of Oxford 1977

DPhil, Philosophy, University of Oxford 1984

Appointments held

Lecturer in Philosophy, Birkbeck, University of London 1981–2001

Visiting Lecturer in Philosophy, University of Sydney 1991

Professor of Philosophy, Birkbeck, University of London 2001–2004

Professor of Philosophy, University of Southampton 2005–

Advice and Feedback Hours

Tuesday 12:00-13:00
Thursday 12:00-13:00

In room 1045 at Avenue (Building 65).

Research interests

My chief area of research has been in 19th century German philosophy, in particular on Schopenhauer and Nietzsche, and the connections between them, especially in the areas of ethics, moral psychology, philosophy of religion and philosophy of art. Most recent interests are in 19th-century post-Schopenhauer pessimist thinkers, and in classical Indian philosophy and its 19th-century reception, in partocular by Schopenhauer and Nietzsche. In addition to publishing books and articles in these areas of research, I was principal investigator on the AHRC research project Nietzsche and Modern Moral Philosophy (2007-2010), and am General Editor of the six-volume translation of Schopenhauer’s works for Cambridge University Press.

PhD Supervision

19th Century German Philosophy, especially Nietzsche, Schopenhauer, and related authors and themes.

Affiliate research groups

Analytic Aesthetics and the History of Aesthetics, History of Philosophy

2018–2020: Director of Graduate School, Faculty of Arts and Humanities.

Member of Editorial Boards of Journal of the History of Philosophy, Journal of Nietzsche Studies, and Schopenhauer-Jahrbuch.

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Book Chapters



[With Simon Robertson] Nietzsche, Naturalism and Normativity (Oxford: Oxford University Press, in preparation).

‘The Gay Science’, in Ken Gemes and John Richardson (eds.), The Oxford Handbook of Nietzsche (Oxford: Oxford University Press, forthcoming).

‘Nietzsche on Morality, Drives, and Human Greatness’, in Christopher Janaway and Simon Roberston (eds.), Nietzsche, Naturalism and Normativity (Oxford, Oxford University Press, forthcoming).

‘Beauty is false, truth ugly: Nietzsche on art and life’, in Daniel Came (ed.), Nietzsche on Art and Aesthetics (Oxford: Oxford University Press, forthcoming).

[With Ken Gemes] ‘Life-denial versus Life-affirmation: Schopenhauer and Nietzsche on Pessimism and Asceticism’ in Bart Vandenabeele (ed.), Blackwell Companion to Schopenhauer (Oxford: Blackwell, forthcoming).

Undergraduate and Masters modules on Ancient Greek Philosophy, Kant, Schopenhauer, Nietzsche, Classical Indian Philosophy.

Professor Christopher Janaway
Student Office, Faculty of Arts and Humanities, University of Southampton, Avenue Campus, Southampton. SO17 1BF United Kingdom

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