Professor Beatrice Han-Pile

School of Philosophy and Art History
Professor Beatrice Han-Pile
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Béatrice studied philosophy, history and literature at the Ecole Normale Supérieure and was awarded a Fellowship from the Thiers Foundation while completing her doctoral thesis on Michel Foucault. Before coming to Essex, she taught in France at the Universities of Paris IV-Sorbonne, Reims and Amiens. She was invited as a Visiting Scholar twice by the University of California (Berkeley), and by the Université de Nice (France). She is the author of L'ontologie manquée de Michel Foucault (published in the autumn of 2002 by Stanford University Press as Foucault's Critical Project: Between the Transcendental and the Historical). She has published various papers, mostly on Foucault, Nietzsche, Schopenhauer, Heidegger and aesthetics. She is currently Principal Investigator on a three year AHRC-funded project on The Ethics of Powerlessness: the Theological Virtues Today (EoP). The project will run for three years from 1 July 2015 and include a number of workshops and conferences. It will investigate the meaning and appropriateness of the strict division between agents and patients, the nature of medio-passive agency as well as the possible roles of the theological virtues for ethical guidance in situations of powerlessness. In recent years she has given papers at a number of universities, including Warwick, Sussex, Dundee, Berkeley, Harvard, Yale, Columbia, The Wesleyan, Jerusalem, Tel Aviv, Brigham Young, Chicago, Paris, Toulouse, Bordeaux (etc) and at various sessions of the APA (including Boston, Philadelphia, Arlington) SPEP and the ISPS (International Society for Phenomenological Studies).

Research and professional activities

Research interests

Agency, medio-passivity and the theological virtues

Open to supervise

Foucault and XXth century philosophy, in particular phenomenology

Open to supervise

Current research

Various papers, mostly on Nietzsche, Foucault and Heidegger

Conferences and presentations

What does acting medio-passively consist in?

Aristotelian Society, London, United Kingdom, 17/6/2019

What does it mean to love life for Nietzsche?

Invited presentation, Keynote presentation, International Society for Nietzsche Studies, Brown, Providence, United States, 31/5/2019

Seminars on Powerlessness

Invited presentation, Keynote presentation, Santa Barbara, United States, 10/4/2019

Seminar on Foucault

Invited presentation, Keynote presentation, workshop around my work, Middletown, United States, 12/4/2018

Foucault on Anthropology

Invited presentation, Keynote presentation, Conference on Foucault, Cambridge, United States, 15/4/2015

Nietzsche and the Affirmation of Life

Invited presentation, Keynote presentation, Meeting of the ASEP, Berkeley, United States, 15/4/2015

Seminars on Foucault

Invited presentation, Keynote presentation, Ramat Gan, Israel, 17/4/2014

Teaching and supervision

Current teaching responsibilities

  • MA Writing Workshop (PY951)

Previous supervision

Joshua Lee Kennedy
Joshua Lee Kennedy
Thesis title: Conscience, Guilt and the Struggle for Purity of Heart in Kierkegaard
Degree subject: Philosophy
Degree type: Doctor of Philosophy
Awarded date: 20/4/2020


Journal articles (10)

Han-Pile, B., (2021). Two puzzles in the Early Christian Constitution of the Self: Reflections on Agency in Foucault’s interpretation of Cassian. Proceedings of the Aristotelian Society. 120 (3), 329-347

Han-Pile, B., (2020). 'The Doing is Everything': A Middle-Voiced Reading of Agency In Nietzsche. Inquiry. 63 (1), 42-64

Han-Pile, B., (2017). Hope, Powerlessness, and Agency. Midwest Studies in Philosophy. 41 (1), 175-201

Han-Pile, B., (2016). Phenomenology and Anthropology in Foucault's Introduction to Binswanger's 'Dream and Existence': a Mirror Image to The Order of Things?. History and Theory. 55 (4), 7-22

Han-Pile, B., (2016). Foucault, normativity and critique as a practice of the self. Continental Philosophy Review. 49 (1), 85-101

Han-Pile, B., (2009). Nietzsche and Amor Fati. European Journal of Philosophy. 19 (2), 224-261

Han-Pile, B., (2009). Review of Michel Foucault, Introduction à l'Anthropologie (published in one volume with Foucault's translation of Emmanuel Kant's Anthropologie d'un point de vue pragmatique). Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews

Han-Pile, B., (2009). Transcendental Aspects, Ontological Commitments and Naturalistic Elements in Nietzsche's Thought. Inquiry. 52 (2), 179-214

Han-Pile, B., (2006). Nietzsche's Metaphysics in the Birth of Tragedy. European Journal of Philosophy. 14 (3), 373-403

Han-Pile, B., (2005). Is early Foucault a historian? History, history and the analytic of finitude. Philosophy & Social Criticism. 31 (5-6), 585-608

Books (1)

Han, B., (2002). Foucault's Critical Project Between the Transcendental and the Historical. Stanford University Press. 0804737096. 9780804737098

Book chapters (10)

Han-Pile, B. and Stern, R., (2021). Is Hope a Secular Virtue? Hope as the Virtue of the Possible. In: Hope. Editors: Snow, N., . Oxford University Press (OUP)

Han-Pile, B., (2018). Nietzsche and the Affirmation of Life. In: The Nietzschean Mind. Editors: Katsafanas, P., . Routledge. 448- 468. 9781138851689

Han-Pile, HB., (2017). The Analytic of Finitude. In: The Kantian Catastrophe? Conversations on Finitude and the Limits of Philosophy. Editors: Morgan, A., . 119- 136. 9781999841300

Han-Pile, B., (2015). Transcendental Aspects, Ontological Commitments, and Naturalistic Elements in Nietzsche's Thought. In: The Transcendental Turn. Editors: Gardner, S. and Grist, M., . Oxford University Press. 195- 227. 9780198724872

Han-Pile, B., (2013). Freedom and the choice to choose oneself in Being and Time. In: The Cambridge Companion to Heidegger's 'Being and Time'. Editors: Wrathall, MA., . Cambridge University Press. 291- 319. 9780521895958

Han-Pile, B., (2011). Describing Reality or Disclosing Worldhood: Vermeer and Heidegger. In: Art and Phenomenology. Editors: Parry, J., . Routledge. 138- 161. 9780415774499

Han-Pile, B., (2010). The 'Death of Man': Foucault and Anti-Humanism. In: Foucault and Philosophy. Editors: O'Leary, T. and Falzon, C., . Blackwell. 118- 143. 1405189606. 9781405189606

Han-Pile, B., (2007). Affectivity. In: A Companion to Phenomenology and Existentialism. Blackwell Publishing Ltd. 240- 252. 1405110775. 9781405110778

Han-Pile, B. and Pile, E., (2005). The Analytic of Finitude and the History of Subjectivity. In: The Cambridge Companion to Foucault. Editors: Gutting, G., . Cambridge University Press. 176- 209. 9780521840828

Han-Pile, B., (2005). Early Heidegger's Appropriation of Kant. In: A Companion to Heidegger. Editors: Dreyfus, HL. and Wrathall, MA., . Blackwell Publishing Ltd. 80- 101. 1405110929. 9781405110921

Reports and Papers (1)

Michalowski, S., Han-Pile, B., Serôdio Mendes, F., Carniato, B. and Martin, W., (2020). Triage in the COVID-19 Pandemic Bioethical and Human Rights Considerations

Grants and funding


The Ethics of Powerlessness: The Theological Virtues Today

Arts And Humanities Research Council

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