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Dr Patrick Hassan

Dr Patrick Hassan


School of English, Communication and Philosophy

+44 (0)29208 70729
1.37, John Percival Building, Colum Drive, Cardiff, CF10 3EU
Available for postgraduate supervision


I am a Lecturer as part of the School's philosophy team. My primary areas of interest are moral and existential philosophy. Currently, I work on meta-ethics, 19th century German philosophy (particularly Nietzsche and Schopenhauer), the nature of wellbeing, environmental philosophy, and the relationship between aesthetic and moral values.

My major research project at this time is a monograph on Nietzsche's engagment with philosophical pessimism.


Lecturer in Philosophy, Cardiff University, since 2021

Assistant Professor of Philosophy, The American University in Cairo, 2017-2021

Ph.D in Philosophy, University of Reading, 2016

MA in Study of Religions, School of Oriential and African Studies, University of London, 2012

BA in Philosophy, University of Reading, 2011


Current undergraduate teaching:

  • Moral & Political Philosophy
  • Contemporary Ethical Theory
  • Nietzsche & the Pessimistic Tradition
  • Critical Thinking

Current MA Seminars:

  • Climate Change & Global Justice
  • Philosophical Research and Communications Skills

Edited Books

  • (2022), Schopenhauer's Moral Philosophy, Routledge [info]

Book Chapters

  • (forthcoming), "The Significance of Nichtigkeit in Schopenhauer’s Account of the Sublime”, in David Bather Woods and Tim Stoll (eds.), The Schopenhauerian Mind, Routledge,
  • (2022), "Organic Unity & the Heroic: Nietzsche's Aestheticization of Suffering", in Daniel Came (ed.), Nietzsche on Morality and the Affirmation of Life, Oxford University Press.
  • (2022), "Virtue & the Problem of Egoism in Schopenhauer's Moral Philosophy", in Patrick Hassan (ed.), Schopenhauer's Moral Philosophy, Routledge.

Journal Articles

  • (forthcoming), "Nietzschean Moral Error Theory", History of Philosophy Quarterly, Vol. 38, Issue 4.
  • (2021), “Nietzsche’s Genealogical Critique of Morality & the Historical Zarathustra”, Ergo, Volume 7, Issue 1 [DOI]
  • (2021), “Inherit the Wasteland: Ecofascism & Environmental Collapse”, Ethics & the Environment, Vol. 26, Issue 2 [DOI]
  • (2021), “Individual vs. World in Schopenhauer’s Pessimism”, The Southern Journal of Philosophy, Vol. 59, Issue 2 [DOI]
  • (2021), “Striving as Suffering: Schopenhauer’s A Priori Argument for Pessimism”, Philosophia, Vol. 49, Issue 4 [DOI]
  • (2019), “Moral Disagreement and Arational Convergence”, Journal of Ethics, Vol. 23, Issue 2 [DOI]
  • (2019), “Schopenhauerian Virtue Ethics”, Inquiry, Vol. 65, Issue 4 [DOI]
  • (2017), “Does Rarity Confer Value? - Nietzsche on the Exceptional Individual”, Journal of Nietzsche Studies, Vol. 48 (2) [DOI]
  • (2017), “Nietzsche on Human Greatness”, Journal of Value Inquiry, Vol. 51, No. 2 [DOI]

Book Reviews

  • (2019), Review of Sandra Shapshay, Reconstructing Schopenhauer's Ethics: Hope, Compassion, and Animal Welfare, (Oxford University Press, 2019), European Journal of Philosophy, 27 (3) [DOI]
  • (2015), Review of Gwen Bradford, Achievement, (Oxford University Press, 2015), Social Theory and Practice, Vol. 41, No. 4 [DOI]


I am interested in supervising PhD students in post-Kantian philosophy, moral scepticism, environmental axiology.

Past projects