Professor Vanessa Lemm

Professor
School of Humanities & Languages

Contact

+61 (2) 93859442
Room 372, Morven Brown
Fields: History and Philosophy of the Humanities, History of Philosophy, Hermeneutic and Critical Theory, Poststructuralism, Social Philosophy, Political Theory and Political Philosophy

Vanessa Lemm, PhD in Philosophy from the New School for Social Research, USA (2002), Master in Philosophy from King’s College University of London, England (1993), Postgraduate degree in Philosophy (Diplome d’Etudes Approfondis) (1994), Bachelor in Philosophy (Licence) (1992) and an undergraduate degree in Philosophy (D.E.U.G) (1992) from Université de Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne, France. She is professor in philosophy and Head of School of the School of Humanities and Languages of the University of New South Wales. She also directed and taught at the Institute of Humanities at the Diego Portales University, Santiago de Chile (2006-2011) and taught at the Institute of Philosophy of the University of Potsdam as a DAAD Guestprofessor in 2010-2011.

Research

Vanessa Lemm, PhD in Philosophy from the New School for Social Research, USA (2002), Master in Philosophy from King’s College University of London, England (1993), Postgraduate degree in Philosophy (Diplome d’Etudes Approfondis) (1994), Bachelor in Philosophy (Licence) (1992) and an undergraduate degree in Philosophy (D.E.U.G) (1992) from Université de Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne, France. She is professor in philosophy and Head of School of the School of Humanities of the University of New South Wales. She also directed and taught at the Institute of Humanities at the Diego Portales University, Santiago de Chile (2006-2011) and taught at the Institute of Philosophy of the University of Potsdam as a DAAD Guestprofessor in 2010-2011.  

Her research focuses on the philosophy of Friedrich Nietzsche; contemporary political thought; biopolitics; the question of the animal; philosophy of culture and cultures of memory; theories of justice and the gift. She is the author of Nietzsche’s Animal Philosophy: Culture, Politics and the Animality of the Human Being (Fordham University Press 2009). This book has been translated to Spanish (Ediciones Universidad Diego Portales 2010) and German (Diaphanes Verlag 2012). And more recently of Nietzsche y el pensamiento politico contemporáneo (Fondo de Cultura Economica 2013). She edited Hegel, Pensador de la actualidad (Ediciones Universidad Diego Portales 2010) in collaboration with Juan Omeño, and Michel Foucault: Neoliberalismo y biopolítica (Ediciones Universidad Diego Portales 2010) as well as more recently The Government of Life: Michel Foucault, Biopolitics and Neoliberalism (Fordham University Press 2014) with Miguel Vatter and two collections of essays on Nietzsche by internationally recognized Nietzsche scholars entitled Nietzsche and the Becoming of Life (Fordham University Press 2015) and Nietzsche y el devenir de la vida (Fondo de Cultura Economica 2014). Her research has been funded by FONDECYT Regular project (2008-2011): “Nietzsche, Biopolitics and the Future of the Human "(Nº 1085238) and FONDECYT Regular project (2011-2012): “Nietzsche and Heidegger on Justice” both financed by the Chilean National Research Council. 

Publications

    Books

    • Lemm V;Vatter M, 2014, The Government of Life: Foucault, Biopolitics, and Neoliberalism
    • Lemm V, 2014, Nietzsche y el devenir de la vida, Fondo de cultura economica, Santiago de Chile
    • Lemm V, 2014, Nietzsche and the Becoming of Life, Fordham University Press, New York
    • Lemm V, 2013, Nietzsche y el pensamiento político contemporáneo, Original, Fondo de cultura económica, Santiago de Chile, http://www.fondodeculturaeconomica.com/Editorial/Prensa/Detalle.aspx?id_desplegado=57366
    • Lemm V, 2012, Nietzsches Philosophie des Tieres, 1. edition, Diaphanes Verlag, Berlin/Zuerich
    • Lemm V, (ed.), 2010, Michel Foucault: neoliberalismo y biopolítica, Original, Ediciones Universidad Diego Portales, Sanntiago de Chile
    • Lemm V; Ormeño J, (eds.), 2010, Hegel, pensador de la actualidad, Original, Ediciones Universidad Diego Portales, Santiago de Chile
    • Lemm V, 2009, Nietzsche's Animal Philosophy:Culture, Politics and the Animality of the Human Being, 1st, Fordham University Press, New York

    Book Chapters

    • Vatter ME;Lemm V, 2017, 'Michel Foucault’s Perspective on Biopolitics', in Handbook of Biology and Politics
    • Lemm VE, 2016, 'Nietzsche and Biopolitics: Four Readings of Nietzsche as a Biopolitical Thinker', in Prozorov S; Rentea S (ed.), The Routledge Handbook of Biopolitics, Routledge, London, pp. 50 - 65, https://www.routledge.com/The-Routledge-Handbook-of-Biopolitics/Prozorov-Rentea/p/book/9781472449641
    • Lemm VE, 2016, 'Biopolitische Betrachtungen zur Figur des Arztes in Nietzsches Philosophie', in Orsolya F; Aurenque D; Assadi G; Schleidgen S (ed.), Nietzsche, Foucault und die Medizin, Transcript Verlag, Bielefeld, pp. 183 - 201
    • Barton H;Thompson S;Burgess S;Grant M, 2015, 'Introduction', in The Routledge Handbook of Planning for Health and Well-Being: Shaping a Sustainable and Healthy Future, pp. xxxii - xxxiv
    • Lemm VE, 2015, 'L'incorporazione della verita e la politica della comunita. Foucault e i cinici', in Gentili D; Stimilli E (ed.), Differenze italiane, Politica e filosofia: mappe e sconfinamenti, labirinti, Rome, pp. 255 - 272
    • Lemm VE, 2014, 'Vida y justicia en la concepcion de Nietzsche de la historia', in Nietzsche y el devenir de la vida, Fondo de Cultura Economica, Santiago, Chile, pp. 107 - 126, http://www.academia.edu/7564066/Nietzsche_y_el_devenir_de_la_vida._Santiago_de_Chile_Fondo_de_cultura_econ%C3%B3mica_2014
    • Lemm VE, 2014, 'Introduction', in Lemm V (ed.), Nietzsche and the Becoming of Life, Fordham University Press, New York, pp. 1 - 15, http://fordhampress.com/index.php/subjects/philosophy/nietzsche-and-the-becoming-of-life-cloth.html
    • Lemm V, 2014, 'Introduccion: Nietzsche y el devenir de la vida', in Nietzsche y el devenir de la vida, Fondo de cultura economica, Santiago de Chile, Chile, pp. 13 - 21, https://www.feriachilenadellibro.cl/index.php/nietzsche-y-el-devenir-de-la-vida.html
    • Lemm V, 2014, 'The Embodiment of Truth and the Politics of Community: Foucault and the Cynics', in Lemm V; Vatter M (ed.), The Government of Life: Foucault, Biopolitics and Neoliberalism, edn. Forms of Living, Fordham University Press, New York, pp. 208 - 223, http://fordhampress.com/index.php/the-government-of-life-cloth.html
    • Lemm VE, 2013, 'Nietzsche's Politics of the Event', in Nietzsche and Political Thought, Bloomsbury Publishing, pp. 179 - 196, http://www.bloomsbury.com/au/nietzsche-and-political-thought-9781441129338/
    • Lemm V, 2012, 'The Spectrality of Responsibility in Nietzsche, Sartre and Derrida', in Reschke R; Brusotti M (ed.), Einige werden posthum geboren, edn. 1st, De Gruyter, Berlin, pp. 151 - 158
    • Lemm V, 2012, 'Biopolitics and Community in Roberto Esposito', in Welch RN (ed.), Terms of the Political: Community, Immunity, Biopolitics, edn. Original, Fordham University Press, New York, pp. 1 - 13
    • Lemm V, 2011, 'Nietzsche, Aristocratism and Non-Domination', in Clausen J; Martel J (ed.), How not to be governed: Readings and Interpretations from a Postanarchist Left, edn. Original, Lexington Books, New York, pp. 83 - 102, https://rowman.com/ISBN/9780739150344
    • Lemm V, 2011, 'La política del acontecimiento en Nietzsche', in Vatter M; Stull MR (ed.), Politica y acontecimiento, edn. Original, Fondo de Cultura Economica, Santiago, Chile, pp. 169 - 192
    • Lemm VE, 2010, 'Introduccion: Hegel, Pensador de la actualidad', in Lemm V; Ormeno J (ed.), Introduccion: Hegel, Pensador de la actualidad
    • Lemm VE, 2010, 'Prefacio', in Michel Foucault: neoliberalismo y biopolitica
    • Lemm V, 2008, 'Justice and Gift-Giving in Thus Spoke Zarathustra', in Luchte J (ed.), Before Sunrise: Essays on Thus Spoke Zarathustra, edn. Original, Continuum International Publishers, London, pp. 165 - 181
    • Lemm V, 2008, 'The Biological Threshold of Modern Politics: Nietzsche, Foucault and the Question of Animal Life', in Siemens H; Roodt V (ed.), Nietzsche, Power, and Politics: Rethinking Nietzsche`s Legacy for Political Thought, edn. Original, Walter de Gruyter, Berlin, Germany, pp. 679 - 699
    • Lemm V, 2004, 'The Overhuman Animal', in Acampora R; Acampora CD (ed.), A Nietzschean Bestiary, edn. Original, Rowman and Littlefield, New York, pp. 220 - 239

    Journal articles

    • Lemm VE, 2016, 'Introducción: nuevas perspectivas, temas y desafíos en los estudios biopolíticos hoy', Pléyade : Revista de humanidades y ciencias sociales, pp. 13 - 3
    • Lemm VE, 2016, 'Is Nietzsche a Naturalist? or How to Become a Responsible Plant', Journal of Nietzsche Studies, vol. 47, pp. 61 - 80
    • Lemm VE, 2015, 'Nuevas direcciones en el pensamiento sobre la comunidad', Instantes y Azares: Escrituras Nietzscheanas, vol. 13, pp. 207 - 220
    • Lemm VE, 2015, 'Are Values of Social or Individual Origin? And what is the Purpose of Values?', Nietzsche-Studien, vol. 44, pp. 136 - 141
    • Lemm VE, 2015, 'What We Can Learn from Plants about the Creation of Values', Nietzsche-Studien, vol. 44, pp. 78 - 87, http://dx.doi.org/10.1515/​nietzstu-2015-0112
    • Lemm VE, 2015, 'Verdad, incorporación y probidad (Redlichkeit) en Nietzsche', Estudios de Nietzsche, pp. 63 - 81
    • Lemm V, 2015, 'Nietzsche y la biopolítica: cuatro lecturas de Nietzsche como pensador biopolítico.', Ideas y Valores: revista colombiana de filosofia, vol. 64, pp. 223 - 248, http://dx.doi.org/10.15446/ideasyvalores.v64n158.49433
    • Lemm VE, 2014, 'Shedding New Light on the Ethical Dimension of Nietzsche's Philosophy', Nietzsche-Studien, vol. 43, pp. 347 - 358, http://dx.doi.org/10.1515/nietzstu-2014-0136
    • Lemm VE, 2013, 'La encarnacion de la verdad y la politica de la comunidad: Foucault y los cinicos', Anales del Seminario de Historia de la Filosofía, vol. 30, pp. 527 - 544
    • Lemm VE, 2013, 'Nietzsche and Heidegger on Justice', Nietzsche and Heidegger on Justice, vol. 34, pp. 439 - 456
    • Lemm VE, 2013, 'The Question of the Animal: Response to Hatab and Schrift', New Nietzsche Studies, vol. 8, pp. 143 - 158, http://dx.doi.org/10.5840/newnietzsche2011/201283/410
    • Lemm V, 2013, 'Nietzsche, Einverleibung and the Politics of Immunity', International Journal of Philosophical Studies, vol. 21, pp. 3 - 19, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/09672559.2012.746271
    • Lemm V;Vatter M;Noys B;Chirolla G, 2012, 'Power, life and subjectivity', Revista de Estudios Sociales, vol. 43, pp. 166 - 173, http://dx.doi.org/10.7440/res43.2012.14
    • Lemm V, 2011, 'Das Problem der Naturbeherrschung bei Nietzsche und Adorno/Horkheimer: Affirmative Biopolitik und die Dialektik der Aufklärung', Zeitschrift für Kritische Theorie, vol. 32/33, pp. 85 - 110
    • Lemm V, 2011, 'History, Life and Justice in Friedrich Nietzsche´s Vom Nutzen und Nachtheil der Historie für das Leben', Cr-The New Centennial Review, vol. 10, pp. 167 - 188
    • Lemm V, 2010, 'Critical Theory and Affirmative Biopolitics: Nietzsche and the Domination of Life in Adorno and Horkheimer', Journal of Power, vol. 3, pp. 75 - 95
    • Lemm V, 2010, 'Dar y Perdonar en Nietzsche y Derrida', Pensamiento, pp. 963 - 979
    • Lemm V, 2010, 'Mas alla de la política de la dominación', Alpha: Revista de Artes, Letras y Filosofía, pp. 9 - 25
    • Lemm V, 2009, 'Nietzsche y el olvido animal', Arbor: ciencia, pensamiento, cultura, pp. 471 - 482, http://dx.doi.org/10.3989/arbor
    • Lemm V, 2009, 'Nietzsche y la libertad individual: Rawls, Cavell y el debate sobre el valor del perfeccionismo para la democracia', Alpha: Revista de Artes, Letras y Filosofía, pp. 87 - 104
    • Lemm V, 2007, 'Is Nietzsche a Perfectionist? Rawls, Cavell and the Politics of Culture in Nietzsche´s Schopenhauer as Educator', Journal of Nietzsche, vol. 34, pp. 5 - 27
    • Lemm V, 2006, 'Memory and Promise in Arendt and Nietzsche', Revista de Ciencia Política, vol. 26, pp. 161 - 174

Teaching

ARTS2376 Nietzsche and Philosophy

Course Description: Some of the most important 20th Century thinkers in contemporary continental and political philosophy see in Nietzsche’s philosophy, i.e. in his critique of Christian morality, metaphysics and modern civilization a source for the overcoming of totalitarian forms of power. In this course we are going to study Nietzsche’s conception of truth and enlightenment; culture and nature; life, morality and history; power and politics in and through a reading of selections from Nietzsche’s early and late works.

We are also going to study the relation between Nietzsche and 20th century continental and political philosophy through a reading of selections from major 19th and 20th century philosophers and political theorists such as Hannah Arendt, Max Weber, Michel Foucault, George Bataille, Theodor W. Adorno and Max Horkheimer, and Jacques Derrida whose conceptions of philosophy and of the political are inspired by Nietzsche.