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Mrs Cynthia Fox 

Postgraduate Research Student (PGR)

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Mrs Cynthia Fox is a Postgraduate Research Student (PGR) within Philosophy at the University of Southampton.

I am a retired solicitor. I worked in private practice when I first qualified and then I went on to work as a government lawyer in London doing advisory work on EU law and UK legislation. On retirement I did a part-time BA in Philosophy at Birkbeck followed by an MA. My MA dissertation was on Nietzsche.

I am married and live in North London. I also sing in a local choir. We enjoy travelling, particularly to India and the Far East. I have been a member of the Buddhist Society in London for many years and a member of a Zen Buddhist Group for 10 years, hence my interest in Nietzsche and Buddhism.

Research interests

My research will examine the relationship between the philosophies of Nietzsche and Buddhism and particularly the impact of Buddhist philosophy on Nietzsche's work.

Nietzsche was writing during a period when Occidental philosophers were showing a growing interest in Oriental philosophy; a period to which some writers have given the name Oriental Renaissance. Schopenhauer was the first Western philosopher to take a serious interest in Buddhism and it has been said that he referred to himself as a Buddhist. We know that initially Nietzsche was a devoted admirer of Schopenhauer and of his philosophy but that this admiration subsequently waned. We also know that Nietzsche did have access to books on Buddhism and that some of these can be found in his library.

The studies that have been done on this subject have for the most part been comparative studies. I want, however, to go one step further. I shall argue that similarities in the metaphysical and ethical approach between the two philosophies were more than coincidence. I shall argue that Buddhist philosophy influenced the major themes in Nietzsche's work particularly those of Will to Power and the Ubermensch.

Although Nietzsche wants to suggest that his philosophy regarding the overcoming of nihilism is new and distinct from anything Buddhist philosophy has to offer. I shall argue that the latter already had in place a sophisticated and complex philosophy on the overcoming of nihilism and that Nietzsche's work draws on these principles.

Mrs Cynthia Fox
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