Bernard Reginster, Chair
Bernard Reginster received his PhD from the University of Pennsylvania in 1992. He taught at Loyola Marymount University before coming to Brown in 1994.
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, published in 2006 by Harvard University Press, offers a comprehensive interpretation of Nietzsche's ethical thought and 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 a substantial paper on Sartre and shorter pieces on recent work on subjectivity and intersubjectivity in Anglo-Saxon philosophy.