Assistant Professor
Department of Philosophy


Brief Biography

Patrick Hassan received his PhD from the University of Reading in 2016, where he has most recently taught. He specializes in ethics and the history of philosophy; particularly the thought of Nietzsche, and Schopenhauer. He is currently interested in the positive contributions that these philosophers can make in contemporary ethical domains, especially concerning controversies surrounding well-being and its constitutive features; conflicts between moral and non-moral value; conceptions of human nature and their implications for the scope of morality; pessimism; and aestheticism. He is also working on articles regarding the nature and value of achievement, and the meta-ethical implications of moral disagreement for realism and irrealism in ethics.

      • “Does Rarity Confer Value? - Nietzsche on the Exceptional Individual”, Journal of Nietzsche Studies, Volume 48, No. 2, (2017)
      •  “Organic Unity and the Heroic: Nietzsche’s Aestheticization of Suffering”, in Daniel Came (ed.), Nietzsche on Morality and the Affirmation of Life, (Oxford University Press, 2017).
      • “Nietzsche on Human Greatness”, Journal of Value Inquiry, Volume 51, No. 2, (2016)
    • PhD Philosophy, University of Reading, 2016

      MA Study of Religions, SOAS, University of London, 2012

      BA Philosophy, University of Reading, 2011

    Research Interest

    19th century German philosophy (particularly Nietzsche and Schopenhauer); ethics; existentialism; value theory; political philosophy