Lorenzo Serini

University of Warwick


In February 2021 I completed my PhD in Philosophy at the University of Warwick. I am currently a Teaching Fellow at at the Institute for Advanced Teaching and Learning (IATL)Link opens in a new window, an Associate Fellow at Institute for Advanced Studies (IAS)Link opens in a new window, and Senior Teaching Assistant in the Philosophy Department at the University of WarwickLink opens in a new window. I also work as a tutor for the EUCILink opens in a new window programme at EUTOPIA European UniversityLink opens in a new window.

My research focuses on Post-Kantian European Philosophy (esp. Nietzsche), the history of scepticism (esp. Pyrrhonism and Montaigne); and the history of philosophy of the emotions (including specific emotions e.g. hope). I am also very interested in ancient and modern conceptions of philosophy as a way of life (esp. the Hellenistic schools, Hadot, and Foucault), and virtue epistemology. Moreover, I have research and pedagogical expertise in various moral and political topics in the history of philosophy.

Recently, I have joined a research project on The Mediterranean Roots of the European SpirtLink opens in a new window aimed at problematising and rethinking national and supranational identities in the key of interculturalism and cosmopolitanism. I am also committed to rediscovering and presenting the figure of Paul Valéry, a famous French poet, as a kind of philosopher.

Before joining the University of Warwick in 2016, I completed my BA and MA in Philosophy at the University of Pisa under the supervision of Professor Giuliano Campioni.

PhD Thesis

Title: Senses of Scepticism in Nietzsche’s Middle Writings: How He Became a Sceptic

Supervisor: Professor Keith Ansell-PearsonLink opens in a new window

In my thesis I explore Nietzsche’s views on scepticism, focusing especially in the middle writings (1878-1882). I endeavour to demonstrate that in these works, and starting from Human, All Too Human, Nietzsche begins to define his philosophical task in connection with various forms of scepticism. By investigating his thinking about different scepticisms I aim to reveal important, yet neglected, aspects of Nietzsche’s free-spirited philosophy, such as the extent to which he is committed to practices of truth and truthfulness.

Scholarship: Centre for Arts Doctoral Research ExcellenceLink opens in a new window

Examiners: Prof. Stephen Houlgate (University of Warwick) and Professor Robert Pippin (University of Chicago).


I have a number of publications which are forthcoming, under review, and in preparation.

2022 – ‘Friedrich Nietzsche: Cheerful Thinker and Writer. A Contribution to the Debate on Nietzsche’s CheerfulnessLink opens in a new window‘, (with Ansell-Pearson), in Nietzsche-Studien, 40(3), pp.115-170.

2019 – ‘A concepção nietzschiana de ceticismo em Schopenhauer como educadorLink opens in a new window’, in Cadernos Nietzsche, 40(3), pp.115-170.

2019 – Review of Diego E. Machuca and Baron Reed (eds.), Skepticism: from Antiquity to the Present, Bloomsbury, in The Warwick Journal of Philosophy (PLI), 204-2013.

2015 – ‘Where Philosophy Meets Poetry in Nietzsche’s Writings between 1872-1873Link opens in a new window‘, in Odradek: Studies in Philosophy of Literature, Aesthetics and New Media Theories, 1(2).

2015 – Co-editor ‘Aesthetics in the Age of New Media, Odradek: Studies in Philosophy of Literature, Aesthetics and New Media Theories, 1(1).

2013 – ‘Nietzsche e Valéry: La filosofia di fronte all’epilogo’, in Il Velo Scolpito, ed. Danilo Manca, Pisa: ETS.