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Simon May

Professor Simon May

Simon-MayVisiting Professor of Philosophy







Research interests

Simon May’s interests lie in ethics, philosophy of the emotions, questions of identity and belonging, and German 19th and 20th Century thought, especially the work of Schopenhauer, Nietzsche and Heidegger. He is also a devotee of the aphoristic form. 

Selected publications

His monographs include Nietzsche's Ethics and his War on ‘Morality’ (Oxford University Press, 1999) and Love: A History (Yale University Press, 2011), of which translations are being published in Brazil, China, Russia, Turkey, Korea, Portugal and Romania.  

He is editor of Nietzsche’s ‘On the Genealogy of Morality’: A Critical Guide (Cambridge University Press, 2011), to which he contributed a paper entitled ‘Why Nietzsche is still in the morality game’; and co-editor, with Ken Gemes, of Nietzsche on Freedom and Autonomy (Oxford University Press, 2009), for which he wrote a paper entitled ‘Nihilism and the Free Self’.

Outside academic philosophy he has written Op-Ed articles for newspapers such as The Washington Post and the Financial Times, as well as a book of his own aphorisms, ‘Thinking Aloud: A Collection of Aphorisms’ (Alma Books, 2009), which was named a Financial Times ‘Book of the Year’. A selection of his aphorisms is included in Geary’s Guide to the World’s Great Aphorists, published by Bloomsbury.

He is currently writing a second volume on the philosophy of love, entitled Love: A New Theory.

His work has been, or is being, translated into eleven languages.


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