Bio


I was educated at Yale (A.B., 1987) and the University of Pennsylvania (M.A., Ph.D., 1993), where I worked closely with Alexander Nehamas, Paul Guyer, and Gary Hatfield. I have taught at Stanford since 1996, and was promoted to tenure here in 2004. I have also taught at Harvard University, Haverford College, Bryn Mawr College, and the University of Pennsylvania. I was born and raised in Macon, Georgia, and get back there as often as I can.

Academic Appointments


  • Professor, Philosophy

Administrative Appointments


  • Associate Professor of Philosophy and (by courtesy) German Studies, Stanford University (2009 - Present)
  • Yumi and Yasunori Kaneko Family University Fellow in Undergraduate Education, Stanford University (2009 - Present)
  • Director of Studies, MA Program, Stanford Philosophy Department, Stanford University (2006 - 2007)
  • Associate Professor of Philosophy, Stanford University (2004 - Present)
  • Director of Undergraduate Studies, Stanford Philosophy Department (2004 - 2004)
  • Visiting Associate Professor, Harvard University (2004 - 2004)
  • Assistant Professor, Stanford University (2001 - 2004)
  • Marta Sutton Weeks Faculty Scholar in the Humanities, Stanford University (2001 - 2004)
  • Assistant Professor, Stanford University (1997 - 2004)
  • Acting Assistant Professor, Stanford University (1996 - 1997)
  • Visiting Assistant Professor, (joint appointment with Haverford College), Bryn Mawr College (1995 - 1996)
  • Lecturer, University of Pennsylvania (1995 - 1995)

Honors & Awards


  • Yumi and Yasunori Kaneko Family University Fellow in Undergraduate Education, Stanford University (2009)
  • Dean’s Award, Distinguished Teaching, Stanford University (2003 - 2004)
  • Walter J. Gores Award for Excellence in Teaching (university-wide teaching prize), Stanford University Commencement (2002)
  • Marta Sutton Weeks Faculty Scholar in the Humanities, Stanford University (2001 - 2004)
  • Fellow, Stanford Humanities Center (2000 - 2001)

Boards, Advisory Committees, Professional Organizations


  • Subject area Editor, Kant entries, Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy (2011 - Present)
  • Member, Program Committee, APA Pacific Division (2001 - 2004)
  • Chair, Program Committee, North American Nietzsche Society (2004 - Present)
  • Member, ACLS National Screening Committee (2010 - 2011)
  • Member, ACLS National Screening Committee (2012 - 2013)
  • Member, IIS, Fulbright National Screening Committee (2007 - 2007)
  • Editor, Journal of Nietzsche Studies
  • Editor, Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy
  • Referee, Oxford University Press
  • Referee, Cambridge University Press
  • Referee, Princeton University Press
  • Referee, Philosophers’ Imprint
  • Referee, European Journal of Philosophy
  • Referee, Philosophy and Phenomenological Research
  • Referee, Archiv für Geschichte der Philosophie
  • Referee, Journal of the History of Philosophy
  • Referee, Canadian Journal of Philosophy
  • Referee, Journal of the History of Ideas
  • Referee, Journal of Nietzsche Studies
  • Referee, Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy
  • Member, American Philosophical Association
  • Member, North American Nietzsche Society
  • Member, North American Kant Society
  • Member, Society for the History of the Philosophy of Science (HOPOS)
  • Chair, Stanford Philosophy Department, Stanford University (2012 - Present)
  • Co-Director, Andrew W. Mellon Fellowship of Scholars in the Humanities, Stanford University (2008 - Present)
  • Co-Director, Program in Philosophical and Literary Thought, Stanford University (2004 - Present)
  • Co-Director, Program in Philosophical and Literary Thought, Stanford University (2008 - 2009)
  • Co-Director, Program in Philosophical and Literary Thought, Stanford University (2011 - 2012)
  • Director, Stanford/CCNY Partnership, Stanford University (2012 - Present)
  • Committee member, Study of Undergraduate Education at Stanford (SUES), (2010 - 2012)
  • Chair, Freshman Year subcommittee, Stanford University (2010 - 2011)
  • Member, Faculty Senate Stanford University: Steering Committee (2008 - 2010)
  • Member, Stanford University: Steering Committee (2005 - 2010)
  • Member, Academic Planning and Policy Committee, Stanford Board of Trustees, Stanford University (2010 - 2012)
  • Member, Graduate Program in Humanities, Stanford University, Committee in Charge (2006 - 2009)
  • Member, Modern Thought and Literature Ph.D. Program, Stanford University, Committee in Charge (1998 - 2008)
  • Member, Committee for the Ethical Reasoning Sub-area (general ed. req’t) , Stanford University (2005 - Present)
  • Member, Stanford University Advisory Panel on Investment Responsibility (2008 - 2010)
  • Member, Provost’s Committee on Undergraduate Housing, Stanford University (2001 - 2002)
  • Member, Stanford Humanities Center, Graduate Fellow Selection Committee, Stanford University (2004 - 2005)
  • Member, Search Committee, Global/Multicultural Education, Stanford University School of Education (2005 - 2006)
  • Panel Member, Stanford University Judicial Affairs Board (2006 - 2007)
  • Member, Senior Search Committee, Stanford Philosophy Department, Stanford University (2010 - 2011)
  • Placement Chair, Stanford Philosophy Department, Stanford University (2005 - 2010)
  • Member, Ad hoc committee on undergraduate education, Stanford Philosophy Department, Stanford University (2012 - 2013)
  • Member, Ad hoc committee on graduate education, Stanford Philosophy Department, Stanford University (2008 - 2010)
  • Member, Undergraduate Committee, Stanford Philosophy Department, Stanford University (2001 - 2005)
  • Member, Undergraduate Committee, Stanford Philosophy Department, Stanford University (2006 - Present)
  • Member, Library Committee, Stanford Philosophy Department, Stanford University (2001 - 2003)
  • Member, Library Committee, Stanford Philosophy Department, Stanford University (2004 - 2006)
  • Member, Admissions Committee, Stanford Philosophy Department, Stanford University (1999 - 2000)
  • Chair, Admissions Committee, Stanford Philosophy Department, Stanford University (2004 - 2005)
  • Chair, Admissions Committee, Stanford Philosophy Department, Stanford University (2011 - 2012)
  • Member, Modern Philosophy Search Committee, Stanford Philosophy Department, Stanford University (1998 - 1999)

Professional Education


  • Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania, Philosophy (1993)
  • M.A., University of Pennsylvania, Philosophy (1993)
  • B.A., Yale University, Philosophy (1987)

2017-18 Courses


All Publications


  • Love and the Moral Psychology of the Hegelian Nietzsche Comments on Robert Pippin's Nietzsche, Psychology, and First Philosophy JOURNAL OF NIETZSCHE STUDIES Anderson, R. L. 2013; 44 (2): 158-180
  • Nietzsche on Autonomy Oxford Handbook on Nietzsche Anderson, R. L. edited by Richardson, J., Gemes, K. Oxford: Oxford University Press. 2013
  • What is a Nietzschean Self Nietzsche, Naturalism, and Normativity Anderson, R. L. edited by Janaway, C., Robertson, S. Oxford: Oxford University Press. 2012: 202–235
  • The Will to Power in Science and in Philosophy Nietzsches Wissenschaftsphilosophie: Hintergründe, Workungen, und Aktualität Anderson, R. L. edited by Heit, H., Abel, G., Brusotti, M. Berlin: Walter de Gruyter. 2012: 55–72
  • On the Nobility of Nietzsche’s Priests Nietzsche’s “On the Genealogy of Morality”: a Critical Guide Anderson, R. L. edited by May, S. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. 2011: 24–55
  • Philosophy as a Way of Life: the Case of Alexander Nehamas Athens Review of Book Anderson, R. L. 2011: 19 - 21
  • Framing the Question: the Critique Introduction The Cambridge Companion to Kant and the Critique of Pure Reason Anderson, R. L. edited by Guyer, P. Cambridge, Cambridge University Press. 2010: 75–92
  • Nietzsche on Redemption and Transfiguration The Re- Enchantment of the World Anderson, R. L. edited by Landy, J., Saler, M. Stanford, CA: Stanford University Press. 2009: 225–258
  • Comments on Wayne Martin, Theories of judgment PHILOSOPHICAL STUDIES Anderson, R. L. 2008; 137 (1): 91-108
  • Nietzsche on Strength, Self-Knowledge, and Achieving Individuality International Studies in Philosophy Anderson, R. L. 2006; 38 (3): 89 - 115
  • Nietzsche on truth, illusion, and redemption EUROPEAN JOURNAL OF PHILOSOPHY Anderson, R. L. 2005; 13 (2): 185-225
  • The Wolffian paradigm and its discontents: Kant's containment definition of analyticity in historical context ARCHIV FUR GESCHICHTE DER PHILOSOPHIE Anderson, R. L. 2005; 87 (1): 22-74
  • Neo-Kantianism and the Roots of Anti-Psychologism The British Journal for the History of Philosophy Anderson, R. L. 2005; 13: 287 - 323
  • Nietzsche's Will to Power as a Doctrine of the Unity of Science Angelaki Anderson, R. L. edited by Veal, D. 2005: 77–93
  • It adds up after all: Kant's philosophy of arithmetic in light of the traditional logic PHILOSOPHY AND PHENOMENOLOGICAL RESEARCH Anderson, R. L. 2004; 69 (3): 501-540
  • Kant on the Syntheticity of Elementary Mathematics Graduate Faculty Philosophy Journal Anderson, R. L. 2004; 25: 161 - 204
  • The Debate over the Geisteswissenschaften in German Philosophy, 1880-1910 The Cambridge History of Philosophy: 1870-1945 Anderson, R. L., Baldwin, T. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. 2003: 221–234
  • Kant on the Apriority of Causal Laws History of Philosophy of Science: New Trends and Perspectives: Vienna Circle Institute Yearbook, 9/2001 Anderson, R. L. edited by Heidelberger, M., Stadler, F. Dordrecht: Kluwer. 2002: 67–80
  • Sensualism and unconscious representations in Nietzsche's account of knowledge INTERNATIONAL STUDIES IN PHILOSOPHY Anderson, R. L. 2002; 34 (3): 95-117
  • Synthesis, cognitive normativity, and the meaning of Kant's question, 'How are synthetic cognitions a-priori possible'? EUROPEAN JOURNAL OF PHILOSOPHY Anderson, R. L. 2001; 9 (3): 275-305
  • Philosophy as Self-Fashioning: Alexander Nehamas’s Art of Living Diacritics Anderson, R. L., Landy, J. 2001; 31: 25 - 54
  • Nietzsche's Views on Truth and the Kantian Background of his Epistemology Nietzsche, Epistemology, and Philosophy of Science: Nietzsche and the Sciences II Anderson, R. L. edited by Babich, B. London: Kluwer. 1999: 47–59
  • Truth and objectivity in perspectivism SYNTHESE Anderson, R. L. 1998; 115 (1): 1-32
  • Overcoming Charity: the Case of Maudemarie Clark's Nietzsche on Truth and Philosophy Nietzsche-Studien Anderson, R. L. 1996; 25: 307 - 341
  • “Putnam,” and “Quine” Dictionary of Cultural and Critical Theory Anderson, R. L. 1996
  • NIETZSCHE WILL TO POWER AS A DOCTRINE OF THE UNITY OF SCIENCE STUDIES IN HISTORY AND PHILOSOPHY OF SCIENCE Anderson, R. L. 1994; 25 (5): 729-750