Professor of Philosophy:
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19th and 20th century continental philosophy, ethics, moral psychology.
Professor Reginster's research focuses on issues in ethics, moral psychology, and philosophy of mind in 19th and 20th century continental philosophy. He has written a number of articles on Nietzsche and 19th century ethics, and a book, The Affirmation of Life. Nietzsche on Overcoming Nihilism (Harvard Press, 2006). He has also written on the thought of Schopenhauer, Freud, and Sartre.
Professor Reginster studied philosophy and psychology at the University of Louvain (Belgium) and Münster (Germany), as well as music at the Académies of Uccle and Bouillon (Belgium). He earned his PhD in philosophy from the University of Pennsylvania. He has been teaching at Brown University since 1994 and has been the recipient of a Laurence S. Rockefeller Fellowship, Princeton University Center for Human Values (1997), a National Humanities Center Fellowship (2000), a Cogut Center for the Humanities Faculty Fellowship, Brown University (2007), and a John Rowe Workman Award for Excellence in Teaching in the Humanities from Brown University. As Chesler-Mallow Senior Faculty Research Fellow at the Pembroke Center, he also directed the Pembroke Seminar in 2007-08.
Professor Reginster's research has focused mostly on issues in ethics, metaethics, and moral psychology in 19th century German philosophy. He has published a number of articles on Nietzsche and on 19th century ethics. His book, The Affirmation of Life, offers a comprehensive interpretation of Nietzsche's ethical thought, which includes substantial new interpretations of some of his immediate predecessors, particularly Schopenhauer.
Professor Reginster's new research interests include the topics of identity and intersubjectivity, for which he considering ideas from psychoanalytic theory, 20th century Continental philosophy, and contemporary Anglo-Saxon philosophy. In this connection, he has written papers on Freud and Sartre.
Ph. D., U. Pennsylvania
Laurance S. Rockefeller Fellowship, Princeton University Center for Human Values, 1997-8
John Rowe Workman Award for Excellence in Teaching in the Humanities,
Brown University, 1998
National Humanities Center Fellowship, 1999-2000
Edith Goldthwaithe Miller Faculty Research Fellowship, Pembroke Center
(Brown University) 2000-1
Cogut Center for the Humanities Fellowship (Spring 2007)
Chesler-Mallow Senior Faculty Research Fellowship, Pembroke Center, 2007-8
American Philosophical Association
North American Nietzsche Society
Affiliate Scholarship, Boston Psychoanalytical Society and Institute, 2004-present
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