Henri Böschen

Postgraduate Research Student
Department of Philosophy
 Henri Böschen



I am a first-year PhD student in Philosophy at the University of Essex. My PhD thesis focuses on German philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche's conception of nihilism and its relation to temporality, in particular to transience. The project is funded by the CHASE Doctoral Training Partnership. Before beginning my PhD at Essex, I studied for a MA in Philosophy at King's College London (not yet awarded) and for a BA in International Relations and Politics at Cardiff University.


  • BSc Econ International Relations and Politics (with a Language) Cardiff University (2020)

  • MA Philosophy King's College London (2021)

Research and professional activities


A Life Worth Living? Nietzsche on Nihilism and Transience.

Friedrich Nietzsche concluded that the experience of transience led the West to nihilism, the existential stance for which life is meaningless. I approach the issue of transience through a phenomenological reading of his thought, arguing hat nihilism can be resisted by experiencing transience differently. I seek to explore and contribute an outline of a new existential stance proposed by Nietzsche, focusing on untimeliness and the paradoxical extension of the moment.

Supervisor: Béatrice Han-Pile

Research interests

German Idealism (esp. Schelling, Hölderlin, theories of imagination and nature) and Romanticism

Phenomenology (esp. Heidegger and temporality)

Existentialism (esp. Kierkegaard and Nietzsche)

Philosophical Anthropology (esp. Hans Blumenberg)



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