Manuel Dries (PhD Cantab 2007) is Senior Lecturer in Philosopy and currently Head of Philosophy at The Open University. Previously he held a Junior Research Fellowship (2007–10) and a Research Fellowship (2010–13) at Wolfson College and the Faculty of Philosophy at the University of Oxford. He remains an affiliated member of Oxford’s Faculty of Philosophy and St. Hilda’s College. He has been Visiting Professor at Shanghai's Tongji University (March-April 2017, Dec. 2019) and has taught at Beijing's Renmin University as part of the UK-China Philosophy Summer School, organized by the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences.
Research Interests: post-Kantian European philosophy, philosophy of mind, ethics, aesthetics.
Manuel Dries focuses on questions at the interface between metaphysics, ethics, and the philosophy of mind. He has a particular interest in the history of post-Kantian European philosophy and its contributions to contemporary debates in those fields. Recent publications include Nietzsche on Consciousness and the Embodied Mind (ed., De Gruyter 2018), Nietzsche on Mind and Nature (ed. with P. Kail, OUP 2015), and a set of three articles on value creation in the journal Nietzsche-Studien 44 (2015); recently published are the journal articles 'memento mori – memento vivere. Early Nietzsche on History, Embodiment and Value' in The Journal of Nietzsche Studies, and 'Metaphysician, Philosopher, Psychologist? Making Sense of Nietzsche's Sense-Making', in Philosophical Topics 43 (2015). He is currently working on a monograph on Nietzsche's Conception of Freedom and Agency.
Manuel Dries has lectured on Nietzsche (Universities of Cambridge and Oxford), Self and World from Kant to Nietzsche, Fichte and Early Romantic Philosophy, and Schopenhauer at the University of Oxford (2007–2013). He has taught graduate classes and research seminars on philosophical aesthetics and 19th and 20th-century European philosophy. He is co-founder and co-convenor (with Jospeh Schear and Mark Wrathall) of the Post-Kantian European Philosophy Seminar series at the University of Oxford (since 2010) and a member of the Values and Reasons Research Cluster at The Open University. In 2017 he gave a lecture series on Nietzsche's Philosophical Anthropology at Beijing's Renmin University as part of the UK-China Philosophy Summer School. He has been Visiting Professor at Tongji University, Shanghai, in 2017 and will teach a Masterclass on Nietzsche's Genealogy (with H. Heit and U.A. Sommer) in December 2019.
For The Open University Manuel Dries has been a member of the module team that oversaw the interdisciplinary module A207 From Enlightenment to Romanticism c.1780–1830 (Deputy Chair 2014–16). From 2015–2018 he was Module Chair of A333: Key Questions in Philosophy. He is a contributing author to the Open University's MA in Philosophy on Nietzsche's Genealogy of Morality. In 2019 he acted as Lead Academic for the Massive Open Online Course Global Ethics: An Introduction, freely available on FutureLearn, a social learning platform jointly owned by The Open University and the SEEK Group.
Manuel Dries regularly acts as Academic advisor for the BBC. He advised on BCC Ideas and the BBC Four series Genius of the Modern World: Nietzsche (IMDB). Between 2008 and 2011 he participated in a number of European Commission projects related to Digital Research Infrastructures (DISCOVERY Project; NietzscheSource), Semantic Web, and Open Access in Philosophy (Agora. Scholarly Open Access Research in European Philosophy CIP-ICT PSP-2010-4, no: 270904).