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R. Lanier Anderson

R. Lanier Anderson

J.E. Wallace Sterling Professor in Humanities
Professor of Philosophy
Senior Associate Dean, Humanities & Arts
Ph.D. University of Pennsylvania, 1993
B.A., Yale University, 1987


My research concerns the history of late modern philosophy and connections between philosophy and literature.  In late modern history, I have focused primarily on Kant and his influence on 19th century philosophy.

My book on Kant’s critique of metaphysics (The Poverty of Conceptual Truth, 2015) came out with Oxford.  I have also written articles on Kant's theoretical philosophy, on Nietzsche, and on the neo-Kantian movement.  In the near future, I will be focusing on questions about Nietzsche’s moral psychology and on Montaigne’s philosophical and literary projects in the Essays, extending my reach to an earlier period.

With Joshua Landy (Comparative Literature, French), I have been instrumental in developing the program in Philosophy and Literature at Stanford, and we are currently collaborating in that area.

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


Featured Articles

John Richardson and Ken Gernes (eds)
Oxford Handbook of Nietzsche
OUP 2013
Helmut Heit, Günter Abel, and Marco Brusotti (eds)
Nietzsches Wissenschaftsphilosophie: Hintergründe, Workungen, und Aktualität
Walter de Gruyter 2012
Christopher Janaway and Simon Robertson (eds)
Nietzsche, Naturalism, and Normativity
OUP 2012
Simon May (ed)
Nietzsche’s On the Genealogy of Morality: a Critical Guide
CUP 2011
Joshua Landy and Michael Saler (eds)
The Re-Enchantment of the World
Stanford UP 2009
The British Journal for the History of Philosophy 13
European Journal of Philosophy 13
Michael Heidelberger and Friedrich Stadler (eds)
History of Philosophy of Science: New Trends and Perspectives
Dordrecht: Kluwer 2002
Co-authored with Joshua Landy
Diacritics 31 (25-54)
Studies in History and Philosophy of Science 25