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)

Program Affiliations


  • Modern Thought and Literature

Professional Education


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

2018-19 Courses


Stanford Advisees


All Publications


  • What Is 'The Meaning of Our Cheerfulness'? Philosophy as a Way of Life in Nietzsche and Montaigne EUROPEAN JOURNAL OF PHILOSOPHY Anderson, R., Cristy, R. 2017; 25 (4): 1514–49

    View details for DOI 10.1111/ejop.12235

    View details for Web of Science ID 000423213900032

  • The role of video-based discussion in model for preparing professional development leaders International Journal of STEM Education Borko, H., Carlson, J., Mangram, C., Anderson, R., Fong, A., Million, S., Mozenter, S., Villa, A. M. 2017; 4 (1)
  • 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
  • Nietzsche's Will to Power as a Doctrine of the Unity of Science Angelaki Anderson, R. L. edited by Veal, D. 2005: 77–93
  • Neo-Kantianism and the Roots of Anti-Psychologism The British Journal for the History of Philosophy Anderson, R. L. 2005; 13: 287 - 323
  • 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
  • Sensualism and unconscious representations in Nietzsche's account of knowledge INTERNATIONAL STUDIES IN PHILOSOPHY Anderson, R. L. 2002; 34 (3): 95-117
  • 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
  • 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