UCL Philosophy

Dr Thomas Stern

Dr Thomas Stern

Associate Professor

Dept of Philosophy

Faculty of Arts & Humanities

Joined UCL
1st Sep 2009

Research summary

My research focuses on the following areas:

1. Nineteenth-century German philosophy, especially Schopenhauer and Nietzsche. My book, Nietzsche's Ethics (Cambridge University Press, 2020) aims to give a comprehensive, clear and accurate account of Nietzsche's ethics in his later works. An edited volume, The New Cambridge Companion to Nietzsche, was published in 2019. 

2. Aesthetics, especially the philosophy of theatre. My first book was Philosophy and Theatre (Routledge, 2013). The book examines a series of philosophical questions or concerns which arise in relation to theatre. I also edited a volume of essays: The Philosophy of Theatre, Drama and Acting (Rowman and Littlefield International, 2017).

3. Philosophy and Proust studies. I am the co-editor of The Proustian Mind  and some of my current work is focused on Proust's philosophy and his philosophical context.

4. I am also interested in reading and writing philosophy in a more personal style. I am currently developing a course along these lines, too.

For more information about my research, and to download some of my papers, you can go to http://sterntom.com/

Teaching summary

I have taught on a range of topics in analytic and continental philosophy. Recent courses have included: Hegel, Schopenhauer, Nietzsche, Adorno, Plato, Philosophy and Theatre.


University of Cambridge
Doctorate, Doctor of Philosophy | 2009
University of Cambridge
Other higher degree, Master of Philosophy | 2006
University of Cambridge
First Degree, Bachelor of Arts | 2005


I am an Associate Professor of Philosophy. I also teach on the European and International Social and Political Studies programme at UCL.