W. R. Kenan Jr. Professor of Humanities
Office: B304 Tribble Hall
PO Box 7332 Wake Forest University
Winston-Salem NC 27109
Julian Young holds a B.A. and M.A. from Cambridge University, an M.A. from Wayne State University, and a Ph. D. from the University of Pittsburgh. His main interests are 19th and 20th century German philosophy (especially, Schopenhauer, Nietzsche and Heidegger), the meaning of life, philosophy and opera (especially Wagner), and tragedy. His eleven books and many articles reflect these interests. His Friedrich Nietzsche: a Philosophical Biography won the Association of American Publishers 2010 PROSE award for philosophy.
University of Pittsburgh Ph D 1972
Wayne State University MA 1968
Cambridge University BA 1965. MA 1969
Christ’s Hospital, Horsham, England
William R. Kenan Jr. Professor of Humanities, Wake Forest University
Professor of Philosophy, Wake Forest University
Honorary Research Professor, University of Tasmania
Honorary Research Associate, University of Auckland
Beginning with Plato (c. 400 BCE) and ending with Foucault (died 1984) the course will look at the views of Western philosophers who have discussed how to live a happy, meaningful life, with particular attention paid to ‘post-death-of-God’ philosophers (e.g. Schopenhauer, Nietzsche, Marx, Sartre, Camus, Heidegger).
Issues covered include: the difference between authentic and inauthentic life, the ethics of ‘dwelling’, the nature of interpretation, the critique of the effects of capitalism on modern society and culture, and the defense of reason as a basis of social life against ‘postmodernism’.
2014 The Philosophies of Richard Wagner (Lanham: Lexington Books-Rowman and Littlefield).
2014 Individual and Community in Nietzsche’s Philosophy (New York: Cambridge University Press) (editor).
2014 The Death of God and the Meaning of Life (second edition) with three new chapters (London: Routledge).
2013 The Philosophy of Tragedy: from Plato to Žižek (New York: Cambridge University Press).
2010 Friedrich Nietzsche: a Philosophical Biography (New York: Cambridge University Press), a 650-page book devoted equally to Nietzsche’s life and to his works. Includes 17 of Nietzsche’s musical compositions on the book’s accompanying website.
Forthcoming in Turkish translation with Bankasi Kultur Yayinlari, Istanbul, in Portuguese translation with Editora Forense, Rio de Janeiro, and in Chinese translation with Zhejiang University Press.
Winner of the Association of American Publishers 2010 PROSE Award for philosophy, and selected by CHOICE magazine as an ‘Outstanding Academic Title’ of 2010.
For critical reaction see http://www.cambridge.org/us/knowledge/isbn/item5708846/?site_locale=en_US
2006 Nietzsche’s Philosophy of Religion (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press), in both hardback and paperback. Forthcoming in Greek translation with Kedros Publishers, Athens in 2013.
2005 Schopenhauer in the “Routledge Philosophers” series (London: Routledge), in both hardback and paperback. (Forthcoming in Chinese translation with Huaxia Publishing House Bejing, and Greek translation with Kendros Publishers, Athens.)
2003 The Death of God and the Meaning of Life (London: Routledge), in both hardback and paperback. (Iranian translation in preparation.)
2002 Off the Beaten Track (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press). With Kenneth Haynes, editors, translators and introducers of this translation of Martin Heidegger’s Holzwege. In both hardback and paperback.
2002 Heidegger’s Later Philosophy (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press), in both hardback and paperback.
2002 Heidegger’s Philosophy of Art (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press). Reprinted 2002, reissued in paperback 2004. Iranian translation by Amir Maziyar (Tehran: Gaam-e-no, 2007).
1997 Heidegger, Philosophy, Nazism (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press). Paperback edition 1998. Polish translation published by Wydawnictwo Naukowe PWN, Warsaw, 2000, Chinese translation published by Liaoning Educational Publishers, Shen Yan, 2002.
1992 Nietzsche’s Philosophy of Art (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press). Paperback edition 1993, reprinted 1994, 1995, 1996, 1999. Iranian translation by Reza Hoseyni & Mohammad Reza Bateni (Tehran: Vajavand, 2007).
1987 Willing and Unwilling: A Study in the Philosophy of Arthur Schopenhauer (Dordrecht: Nijhoff).
Workshop on Existential Phenomenology’, April 2014
Nietzsche and Community conference, April 2012