University of Hertfordshire

Professor John Lippitt


John Lippitt

Professor John Lippitt


Postal address:
University of Hertfordshire, Hatfield, Hertfordshire
United Kingdom


John Lippitt is Professor of Ethics and Philosophy of Religion at Hertfordshire and Honorary Professor in the European Philosophy and History of Ideas research group at Deakin University in Melbourne. He is currently at work on a monograph provisionally entitled Love's Forgiveness. This research is supported by a Leverhulme Trust Major Research Fellowship (2018-2020). He also has an interest in the ethics of policing (see 'Commercial and public engagement' under 'Expertise'.)

John's most recently published books are: The Routledge Guidebook to Kierkegaard's Fear and Trembling (second edition, 2016); Kierkegaard and the Problem of Self-love (Cambridge University Press, 2013; paperback 2015); The Oxford Handbook of Kierkegaard (co-edited with George Pattison, Oxford University Press, 2013; paperback 2015); and Narrative, Identity and the Kierkegaardian Self (co-edited with Patrick Stokes, Edinburgh University Press, 2015). His previous books include Humour and Irony in Kierkegaard’s Thought (2000) and two edited volumes on Nietzsche: Nietzsche and the Divine (co-edited with Jim Urpeth (2000)) and Nietzsche's Futures (1999). John's articles have been published in such journals as the British Journal of Aesthetics, Continental Philosophy Review, Inquiry, International Journal for Philosophy of Religion, The Monist, Proceedings of the Aristotelian Society and Religious Studies.

He has been awarded research grants by the AHRC, the British Academy, the Higher Education Academy and the Kierkegaard House Foundation (USA). His most recent collaborative grant (prior to the Leverhulme award) was as ‘scientist in charge' of the EU FP7-funded Marie Curie project Selves in Time, working with Dr Patrick Stokes. John is a member of the editorial board of Oxford Research Directions (formerly Oxford Handbooks Online).

John studied Mathematics and Philosophy at Manchester before pursuing postgraduate work in philosophy at Durham and Essex. He joined Hertfordshire in 1992, and was promoted to Reader in 2001 and Professor in 2008. From 2009-2013 he was Head/Director of Research for the Social Sciences, Arts and Humanities Research Institute (SSAHRI) and jointly co-ordinated the Philosophy submission to REF 2014. Since 2013 he has been research leader for Philosophy.

During his time at Hertfordshire, John has also served as Director of the Centre for Normativity and Narrative, Subject Leader for Philosophy, Secretary of the Søren Kierkegaard Society of the UK, Treasurer of the Friedrich Nietzsche Society and as a member of the AHRC Peer Review College. He has also held visiting research fellowships at the Hong Kierkegaard Library at St Olaf College, Northfield, MN, USA and the Søren Kierkegaard Research Centre at the University of Copenhagen.

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