H.L.J. (Hedwig) Gaasterland, MPhil
- PhD Candidate
- Ancient Philosophy (Stoics)
Having received a Research Master's Degree in Philosophy at Leiden University in 2011 (I also spent one semester at the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven), I started in February 2012 as a PhD Student with a project on Nietzsche and the Stoics: 'Stoic Reception in Nietzsche’s Concept of Amor Fati'. The project is funded by OIKOS, the National Research School in Classical Studies in the Netherlands; I obtained a BA Degree in Classical Studies in Leiden in 2007. As a historical-systematic study, the project aims to reveal to what extent Nietzsche’s Amor Fati can be seen as a Stoic concept, resembling the Stoic maxim to ‘live in accordance with nature’. My research will have to take into account Nietzsche’s highly idiosyncratic method of reception. On the one hand, there are implicit and explicit appropriations of Stoicism in his doctrines, on the other hand, many fiercely critical passages can be found. The relation between man and nature, and the meaning and connotation of fate will be of main philosophical significance for my investigation.
In February 2013 I will begin teaching the Master's Course Images of Stoic Thought: Assessing the Sources, together with Frans de Haas.