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Professor Christopher Janaway BA, DPhil

Professor of Philosophy

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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.

Qualifications

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 15:00-16:00
Friday 10:00-11:00

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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Books

Book Chapters

  • Janaway, C. (2020). The moral meaning of the world. In R. Wicks (Ed.), The Oxford Handbook of Schopenhauer (pp. 271-281). (Oxford Handbooks). Oxford University Press, Oxford. DOI: 10.1093/oxfordhb/9780190660055.013.21
  • Janaway, C. (2017). Affect and cognition in Schopenhauer and Nietzsche. In A. Cohen, & R. Stern (Eds.), Thinking about the Emotions: a Philosophical History (pp. 206-222). (Mind Association Occasional Series). Oxford, GB: Oxford University Press.
  • Janaway, C. (2017). Schopenhauer's Christian perspectives. In S. Shapshay (Ed.), The Palgrave Schopenhuer Handbook (pp. 351–372). (Palgrave Handbooks in German Idealism). Cham: Palgrave Macmillian. DOI: 10.1007/978-3-319-62947-6_17
  • Janaway, C. (2017). Schopenhauer's Consoling view of Death. In IfCoLoG Journal of Logics and their Applications (Vol. 4, pp. 3705-3718). College Publications.
  • Janaway, C. (2014). Beauty is false, truth ugly: Nietzsche on art and life. In D. Came (Ed.), Nietzsche on Art and Life (pp. 39-56). Oxford, GB: Oxford University Press.
  • Janaway, C. (2014). Schopenhauer on cognition (Erkenntnis). In O. Hallich, & M. Koßler (Eds.), Arthur Schopenhauer: Die Welt als Wille und Vorstellung (pp. 8-16). (Klassiker Auslegen; No. 42). Berlin, DE: De Gruyter.
  • Janaway, C. (Accepted/In press). Who – or what – says yes to life? In Nietzsche and Life-affirmation Oxford: Oxford University Press.
  • Janaway, C. (2013). Plato. In B. Gaut, & D. McIver Lopes (Eds.), The Routledge Companion to Aesthetics: 3rd Edition (pp. 3-13). London, GB: Routledge.
  • Janaway, C. (2013). The gay science. In K. Gemes, & J. Richardson (Eds.), The Oxford Handbook of Nietzsche Oxford, GB: Oxford University Press.
  • Janaway, C. (2012). Ion. In G. A. Press (Ed.), A Companion to Plato Continuum.
  • Janaway, C., & Gemes, K. (2012). Life-denial versus life-affirmation: Schopenhauer and Nietzsche on pessimism and asceticism. In B. Vandenabeele (Ed.), Companion to Schopenhauer: Blackwell Companions to Philosophy (pp. 280-299). Oxford, GB: Wiley-Blackwell.
  • Janaway, C. (2012). Nietzsche on morality, drives and human greatness. In C. Janaway, & S. Robertson (Eds.), Nietzsche, Naturalism and Normativity (pp. 183-201). Oxford, GB: Oxford University Press.
  • Janaway, C. (2011). Die Schönheit ist falsch, die Wahrheit hässlich: Nietzsche über die Kunst und das Leben. In L. Huhn, & P. Schwab (Eds.), Die Philosophie des Tragischen Schopenhauer – Schelling – Nietzsche Berlin, DE: Walter De Gruyter.
  • Janaway, C. (2010). Introduction. In D. Cartwright, & E. E. Erdmann (Eds.), Arthur Schopenhauer: The Two Fundamental Problems of Ethics (Oxford World Classics). Oxford, GB: Oxford University Press.
  • Janaway, C. (2010). The real essence of human beings: Schopenhauer on the unconscious will. In A. Nicholls, & M. Liebscher (Eds.), Thinking the Unconscious: Nineteenth-Century German Thought (pp. 140-155). Cambridge, GB: Cambridge University Press.
  • Janaway, C. (2009). Autonomy, affect, and the self in Nietzsche's project of genealogy. In K. Gemes, & S. May (Eds.), Nietzsche on Freedom and Autonomy (pp. 51-68). Oxford, GB: Oxford University Press.
  • Janaway, C., & Neill, A. (2009). Schopenhauer's philosophy of value. In C. Janaway, & A. Neill (Eds.), Better Consciousness: Schopenhauer's Philosophy of Value (pp. 1-10). Chichester, UK: Wiley-Blackwell.
  • Janaway, C. (2007). Guilt, bad conscience, and self-punishment in Nietzsche's Genealogy. In B. Leiter, & N. Sinhababu (Eds.), Nietzsche and Morality (pp. 138-154). Oxford: Oxford University Press.
  • Janaway, C. (2007). Introduction to modern theories. In S. M. Cahn, & A. Meskin (Eds.), Aesthetics: A Comprehensive Anthology (pp. 163-166). Oxford, GB: Blackwell.
  • Janaway, C. (2006). Naturalism and genealogy. In K. A. Pearson (Ed.), A Companion to Nietzsche (pp. 337-352). (Blackwell Companions to Philosophy). Oxford UK, Malden USA: Blackwell.
  • Janaway, C. (2006). Plato and the arts. In H. Benson (Ed.), A Companion to Plato (pp. 388-400). Oxford, GB: Blackwell.
  • Janaway, C. (2006). Schopenhauer, Arthur. In Encyclopedia of Modern Europe: Europe 1789-1914 Scribner's.
  • Janaway, C. (2005). Aesthetics, history of. In T. Honderich (Ed.), The Oxford Companion to Philosophy. 2nd Edition (pp. 9-12). Oxford, GB: Oxford University Press.
  • Janaway, C. (2005). Schopenhauer et le Valeur du “Non Égoïste”. In C. Bonnet, & J. Salem (Eds.), La Raison Dévoilée: Études Schopenhaueriennes (pp. 81-94). Paris: J. Vrin.
  • Janaway, C. (2004). Schopenhauer and Nietzsche: is the will merely a word? In T. Pink, & M. W. F. Stone (Eds.), The Will and Human Action: From Antiquity to the Present Day (pp. 173-196). (London Studies in the History of Philosophy; No. 4). London, UK: Routledge.
  • Janaway, C. (2003). Kant's aesthetics and the "empty cognitive stock". In P. Guyer (Ed.), Kant's Critique of the Power of Judgment: Critical Essays (pp. 67-86). Lanham, US: Rowman and Littlefield.
  • Janaway, C. (2003). Nietzsche’s artistic revaluation. In J. L. Bermúdez, & S. Gardner (Eds.), Art and Morality (pp. 260-276). (International Library of Philosophy). London, UK, New York, USA: Routledge.
  • Janaway, C. (2003). Schopenhauer and Nietzsche: is the will merely a word? In T. Pink, & M. Stone (Eds.), The Will and Human Action: From Antiquity to the Present Day (pp. 172-196). London, GB: Routledge.
  • Janaway, C. (2003). Schopenhauer as Nietzsche's educator. In N. Martin (Ed.), Nietzsche and the German Tradition (pp. 155-185). Oxford, GB: Peter Lang.
  • Janaway, C. (2003). Tragedy: a case of pleasure in pain. In A. Haapala, & O. Kuisma (Eds.), Aesthetic Experience and the Ethical Dimension: Essays on Moral Problems in Aesthetics (pp. 19-32). (Acta Philosophica Fennica; Vol. 72, No. 72). Helsinki: Philosophical Society of Finland.
  • Janaway, C. (2000). Arthur Schopenhauer. In S. Emmanuel (Ed.), The Blackwell Guide to Modern Philosophers: From Descartes to Nietzsche (pp. 326-342). Oxford, GB: Blackwell.
  • Janaway, C. (2000). Schopenhauer, Arthur. In E. Craig (Ed.), Concise Routledge Encyclopedia of Philosophy (pp. 801-802). New York, US: Routledge.
  • Janaway, C. (2000). Will and nature. In C. Janaway (Ed.), The Cambridge Companion to Schopenhauer (pp. 138-170). Cambridge, GB: Cambridge University Press.
  • Janaway, C. (1999). Schopenhauer's pessimism. In C. Janaway (Ed.), The Cambridge Companion to Schopenhauer (pp. 318-343). Cambridge, GB: Cambridge University Press.
  • Janaway, C. (1999). Schopenhauer's pessimism. In A. O'Hear (Ed.), German Philosophy Since Kant (pp. 47-63). (Royal Institute of Philosophy Supplement; No. 44). Cambridge, GB: Cambridge University Press.
  • Janaway, C. (1998). Friedrich Nietzsche, on Schopenhauer: Notes 1868. In C. Janaway (Ed.), Willing and Nothingness: Schopenhauer ad Nietzsche's Educator (pp. 258-265). Oxford, GB: Oxford University Press.
  • Janaway, C. (1998). Greek philosophy I: the Pre-Socratics and Plato. In A. C. Grayling (Ed.), Philosophy 1 (pp. 336-397). Oxford, GB: Oxford University Press.
  • Janaway, C. (1998). Plato. In M. Kelly (Ed.), Encyclopaedia of Aesthetics [vol. 3] (pp. 518-521). Oxford, GB: Oxford University Press. DOI: 10.1093/acref/9780195113075.001.0001
  • Janaway, C. (1998). Schopenhauer as Nietzsche's educator. In C. Janaway (Ed.), Willing and Nothingness: Schopenhauer as Nietzsche's Educator (pp. 13-36). Oxford, GB: Oxford University Press.
  • Janaway, C. (1998). Schopenhauer, Arthur. In E. Craig (Ed.), Routledge Encyclopaedia of Philosophy (pp. 545-554). London, GB: Routledge.
  • Janaway, C. (1997). Schopenhauer. In R. Scruton, P. Singer, & M. Tanner (Eds.), German Philosophers: Kant, Hegel, Schopenhauer, and Nietzsche (pp. 217-336). Oxford, GB: Oxford University Press.
  • Janaway, C. (1996). Knowledge and tranquility: Schopenhauer on the value of art. In D. Jacquette (Ed.), Schopenhauer, Philosophy and the Arts (pp. 39-61). Cambridge, GB: Cambridge University Press.
  • Janaway, C. (1995). Aesthetic attitude. In T. Honderich (Ed.), The Oxford Companion to Philosophy (pp. 8-9). Oxford, GB: Oxford University Press.
  • Janaway, C. (1995). Aesthetic distance. In T. Honderich (Ed.), The Oxford Companion to Philosophy (pp. 13-17). Oxford, GB: Oxford University Press.
  • Janaway, C. (1995). Aesthetic judgement. In T. Honderich (Ed.), The Oxford Companion to Philosophy (pp. 58-59). Oxford, GB: Oxford University Press.
  • Janaway, C. (1995). Aestheticism. In T. Honderich (Ed.), The Oxford Companion to Philosophy (pp. 60). Oxford, GB: Oxford University Press.
  • Janaway, C. (1995). Aesthetics, Problems of. In T. Honderich (Ed.), The Oxford Companion to Philosophy (pp. 80-81). Oxford, GB: Oxford University Press.
  • Janaway, C. (1995). Art. In T. Honderich (Ed.), The Oxford Companion to Philosophy (pp. 178). Oxford, GB: Oxford University Press.
  • Janaway, C. (1995). Art criticism. In T. Honderich (Ed.), The Oxford Companion to Philosophy (pp. 279). Oxford, GB: Oxford University Press.
  • Janaway, C. (1995). Beauty. In T. Honderich (Ed.), The Oxford Companion to Philosophy (pp. 284). Oxford, GB: Oxford University Press.
  • Janaway, C. (1995). Death-of-the-author thesis. In T. Honderich (Ed.), The Oxford Companion to Philosophy (pp. 395-396). Oxford, GB: Oxford University Press.
  • Janaway, C. (1995). Fiction. In T. Honderich (Ed.), The Oxford Companion to Philosophy (pp. 412). Oxford, GB: Oxford University Press.
  • Janaway, C. (1995). Forgery. In T. Honderich (Ed.), The Oxford Companion to Philosophy Oxford, GB: Oxford University Press.
  • Janaway, C. (1995). Imagination, aesthetic. In T. Honderich (Ed.), The Oxford Companion to Philosophy Oxford, GB: Oxford University Press.
  • Janaway, C. (1995). Intentional fallacy. In T. Honderich (Ed.), The Oxford Companion to Philosophy Oxford, GB: Oxford University Press.
  • Janaway, C. (1995). Representation in art. In T. Honderich (Ed.), The Oxford Companion to Philosophy Oxford, GB: Oxford University Press.
  • Janaway, C. (1995). Scruton, Roger. In T. Hoinderich (Ed.), The Oxford Companion to Philosophy Oxford, GB: Oxford University Press.
  • Janaway, C. (1995). Tragedy. In T. Honderich (Ed.), The Oxford Companion to Philosophy Oxford, GB: Oxford University Press.
  • Janaway, C. (1995). Value, aesthetic. In T. Honderich (Ed.), The Oxford Companion to Philosophy Oxford, GB: Oxford University Press.
  • Janaway, C. (1992). Craft and fineness in Plato's Ion. In J. Annas (Ed.), Oxford Studies in Ancient Philosophy: Volume X Oxford, GB: Oxford Univeristy Press.
  • Janaway, C. (1991). Nietzsche, the self and Schopenhauer. In K. Ansell-Pearson (Ed.), Nietzsche and Modern German Thought (pp. 119-142). London, GB: Routledge.

Conference

Pre-publication:

[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

Room Number: 65/1045

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