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BA Hons (Monash), PhD (Melbourne)

>Michael Ure began his postdoctoral fellowship at CHED in 2007 after taking leave from his lecturing position in social theory at Monash University. He specialises in the history of modern social and political theory and modern German philosophy. His first book Nietzsche’s Therapy (Lexington Books, 2008) explores the ethics of self-cultivation Nietzsche forged in his middle works. He is currently working on a book examining the reception and renovation of the ancient philosophical therapies- Epicureanism, Cynicism, Stoicism and Scepticism - by modern European philosophers, with the working title Cheerful Losers. He is also investigating how classical and modern philosophies of the emotions might help shed light on the way societies and selves reckon with traumatic pasts.


  • Nietzsche’s Therapy: Self-Cultivation in the Middle Works, Lexington Books, May 2008, 306 pp.
  • Nietzsche’s The Gay Science: An Introduction. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press (forthcoming, 2010; Cambridge Introductions to Key Philosophical Texts series)
  • Post-Traumatic Societies: Reconciliation, Justice and the Emotions. Lanham: Lexington Books (under contract).

Edited Collections

  • Special issue of Journal of Nietzsche Studies 42 (2011), ‘Nietzsche and the affects, passions and emotions’. Guest edited with Keith Ansell-Pearson, University of Warwick.
  • Special Issue of European Journal of Social Theory 11:3 (2008), ‘Post-Traumatic Societies’. Guest edited with Mervyn Frost, King’s College (London)

Refereed Journal Articles

  • ‘Nietzsche’s Free-Spirit Trilogy and Stoic Therapy’, Journal of Nietzsche Studies 38, 2009 (in press).
  • ‘Post-Traumatic Societies: On Reconciliation, Justice and the Emotions’, European Journal of Social Theory 11: 3 (2008): 283-297.
  • ‘At the Crossroads of Hellenistic and Psychoanalytic Therapy: Nietzsche’s Free-Spirit Trilogy’, New Nietzsche Studies, 2008 (Forthcoming)
  • ‘The Politics of Mercy, Love and Forgiveness’ South African Journal of Philosophy, 26 (1), 2007, pp. 56-69.
  • ‘Senecan Moods: Nietzsche and Foucault on the Art of the Self’, Foucault Studies, 4, February 2007, pp. 19-52.
  • ‘The Irony of Pity: Nietzsche contra Schopenhauer and Rousseau’, The Journal of Nietzsche Studies, 32, 2006, pp. 68-91.
  • ‘Stoic Comedians: Nietzsche and Freud on the Art of Arranging One’s Humours’, Nietzsche-Studien, 2005, Bd 34, pp. 186-214.

Non-Refereed Publications

  • ‘Reconciling the Irreconcilable’, Around the Globe, vol. 3 (3) Summer 2007, pp. 4-7 (with Paul Muldoon).
  • Review Article: Martin Jay, Refractions of Violence, Thesis Eleven, 85, May 2006, pp. 125-130.

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