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Dr Willow Verkerk

Lecturer in Philosophy


I am a Lecturer in Philosophy at the Centre for Research in Modern European Philosophy, Kingston University. I started this position six weeks after completing my PhD at the University of Leuven (Belgium) in November 2015 where I wrote a dissertation entitled 'Nietzsche's Ethics of Friendship: Reading Nietzsche as an Agonistic and Bestowing Friend' with Professor Paul van Tongeren. I also completed my MPhil at Leuven with a specialisation in Philosophy of Culture. Previous studies at Concordia University were in both Continental and Analytic traditions of Philosophy as well as in Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. At CRMEP Kingston, I have brought together my educational experiences from both Canada and Belgium and built upon them by connecting thinkers in the history of philosophy to political and ethical studies that reflect upon the axes of oppression that are relevant today.

Areas of specialism

  • Nietzsche
  • Kantian and post-Kantian Philosophy
  • Feminist Philosophy
  • Ethics
  • Philosophy and Literature
  • Poststructuralism
  • Philosophy of Art
  • Political Philosophy
  • Ancient Philosophy


  • PhD, University of Leuven, 2015
  • MPhil, University of Leuven, 2009
  • MA Philosophy, Concordia University, 2007


I am currently completing my book, Nietzsche and Friendship, forthcoming in 2018 with Bloomsbury. In this book I identify Nietzsche as a therapeutic and an ethical thinker whose writings on friendship, love, and women force us to rethink the ideal of friendship today.

I am broadly interested in the topics of friendship and love in the history of philosophy.

Other research pursues the question of how the critical category of gender has and continues to change the ways in which we understand traditional philosophical theories of 'the subject'.

The following articles are in progress:

'Nietzsche and Aristotle on Greatness of Soul'

'On Sovereignty and Female Power: Questioning Juliette with Horkheimer and Adorno'

'The Importance of Lived Experience in Philosophical Analysis'

'The Body as Force: Feminist Narratives in Performance Art'

'The Problem of Sovereignty in Nietzsche's Genealogy of Morality'


Number of items: 8.


Verkerk, Willow (2017) On love, women, and friendship : reading Nietzsche with Irigaray. Nietzsche-Studien, 46, pp. 135-152. ISSN (print) 0342-1422 (In Press)

Verkerk, Willow (2017) Transgendering Nietzsche : male mothers and phallic women in Derrida's ' Spurs '. PhiloSOPHIA, 7(1), pp. 99-108. ISSN (print) 2155-0891

Verkerk, Willow (2016) Nietzsche's agonistic ethics of friendship. Symposium: Canadian Journal of Continental Philosophy, 20(2), pp. 22-41. ISSN (print) 1917-9685

Verkerk, Willow (2014) Heroism in Sophocles's Antigone. Philosophy and Literature, 38(1), pp. 282-291. ISSN (print) 0190-0013

Verkerk, Willow (2014) Nietzsche on love. Philosophy Now, 104, pp. 14-16. ISSN (print) 0961-5970

Verkerk, Willow (2014) Nietzsche's goal of friendship. The Journal of Nietzsche Studies, 45(3), pp. 279-291. ISSN (print) 1538-4594

Book Section

Verkerk, Willow (2016) Reification, sexual objectification, and feminist activism. In: Gandesha, Samir and Hartle, Johan, (eds.) Reification and spectacle : the timeliness of Western Marxism. Amsterdam, The Netherlands : Amsterdam University Press. pp. 149-162. ISBN 9789048527052

Verkerk, Willow (2013) Nietzsche's cruel offerings : friendship, solitude and the bestowing virtue in Thus Spoke Zarathustra. In: Hutter, Horst and Friedland, Eli, (eds.) Nietzsche’s therapeutic teaching : for individuals and culture. London, U.K. : Bloomsbury Academic. pp. 61-72. (Bloomsbury Studies in Continental Philosophy) ISBN 9781441125330

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