Dr Simon Townsend
My main area of interest is the political philosophy of Friedrich Nietzsche, and I also write on the philosophies and political theories of several twentieth-century Nietzscheans, including Georges Bataille and Michel Foucault. I am also interested in contemporary agonistic democracy, both the Nietzschean and non-Nietzschean strands.
I am currently convening a Masters level module on Nietzsche and Foucault, and a first-year module, Power and Democracy, which provides an overview of contemporary strands in democratic theory, including participatory democracy, deliberative democracy, and agonistic democracy.
Wednesday 11-1 (open office hours) and 4-5 (appointment only).
Nietzsche on the Rise of Strong Political States and Their Cultivation of Higher Individuals (2020). Review of Politics 82 (1).
Beyond the Myth of the Nietzschean Ideal-Type, European Journal of Philosophy 25 (3).
Nietzsche's Great Politics (2017) by Hugo Drochon, Contemporary Political Theory 16 (4).