Dr Simon Scott

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Liberal Arts and Natural Sciences

Contact details

Liberal Arts and Natural Sciences Hub
ERI Building
University of Birmingham
B15 2TT

I joined in January 2017 and am module leader on the LANS core modules.  My research interests are primarily in ancient and continental philosophy, especially Plato, Nietzsche and Gilles Deleuze.  I am also carrying out interdisciplinary research into shame.  I am a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (SFHEA).


BA (Kent), MA (Royal Holloway), PhD (Warwick)


I was a Teaching Fellow at the Department of Philosophy, University of Warwick, from September 2012 until January 2017.  I have also been a Visiting Lecturer at the Department of Philosophy, University of Sheffield.  Since January 2017, I have been a Teaching Fellow at LANS.


  • From Research to Policy I and II
  • Interdisciplinarity I and II


My doctoral thesis centred on Deleuze’s reading of Nietzsche and critically assessed Deleuze’s configuration of Nietzsche’s Overman and the nature of affirmation. Since then, my research has focused ancient and continental philosophy, particularly the trajectory of Plato, Nietzsche and Deleuze. I am currently working on two main areas of research:

  • First, Deleuze's strategy for overcoming ressentiment in his reading of Nietzsche, and his configuration of the philosopher as a genealogist.
  • Secondly, shame and erotic love in Plato's Symposium and Phaedrus. I'm looking at the changes in Plato's treatment of these topics and the ethics emerging from this.


  • ‘On Nietzsche’s Theory of the Passions in his Free Spirit Trilogy’ in Plí: the Warwick Journal of Philosophy, 26, 2014.
  • ‘On the Artistry of the Priest and the Philosopher: Ressentiment in Gilles Deleuze's Nietzsche and Philosophy’ in The Polemics of Ressentiment, ed. S. van Tuinen, Bloomsbury (forthcoming 2017).