Kathleen M Higgins
Professor — PhD, Yale
Nietzsche, Schopenhauer, Philosophy of emotion, philosophy of art, music, non-Western philosophy, philosophy of religion
Kathleen Higgins's main areas of research are continental philosophy, aesthetics, and philosophy of music. She has written Comic Relief: Nietzsche's Gay Science (Oxford, 2000), What Nietzsche Really Said (with Robert Solomon, 2000), A Passion for Wisdom (Oxford, 1997), A Short History of Philosophy (with Robert Solomon, Oxford, 1996), The Music of Our Lives (1991), and Nietzsche's Zarathustra (1987), which Choice named an outstanding academic book of 1988-1989. She has edited or co-edited several others on such topics as German Idealism, aesthetics, ethics, erotic love, and non-Western philosophy. She has been a Resident Scholar at the Rockefeller Foundation's Bellagio Study and Conference Center and a Visiting Fellow at the Australian National University Philosophy Department and Canberra School of Music. She is a frequent Visiting Professor at the University of Auckland.
A Short History of Philosophy
A Passion for Wisdom: A Very Brief History of Philosophy
Robert C. Solomon, Kathleen M Higgins
A Passion for Wisdom: A Very Brief History of Philosophy
Oxford University Press
Comic Relief: Nietzsche's Gay Science
What Nietzsche Really Said
The Music between Us: Is Music a Universal Language?
The Music between Us: Is Music a Universal Language?
Chicago University Press
Reading Nietzsche, co-edited with Robert C. Solomon (New York, Oxford University Press, 1988).
The Philosophy of (Erotic) Love, co-edited with Robert C. Solomon (Lawrence: University of Kansas Press, 1991).
From Africa to Zen: An Invitation to World Philosophy, co-edited with Robert C. Solomon (Lanham, Maryland: Roman and Littlefield, 1993); second edition, 2003; Chinese translation, 2004.
Routledge History of Philosophy, Vol. VI: The Age of German Idealism,co-edited with Robert C. Solomon (London: Routledge, 1993).
A Companion to Aesthetics, co-edited with Stephen Davies, Robert Hopkins, Robert Stecker, and David Cooper, 2nd ed. (Oxford: Wiley Blackwell, 2009).
Passion, Death, and Spirituality: The Philosophy of Robert C. Solomon, co-edited with David Sherman, Sophia Studies in Cross-Cultural Philosophy of Traditions and Cultures 1 (Dordrecht: Springer, 2012).
Friedrich Nietzsche, Thus Spoke Zarathustra, trans. Clancy Martin, co-edited with Robert C. Solomon (New York: Barnes and Noble Classics, 2005).
Thirteen Questions In Ethics, co-edited with Lee Bowie and Meredith Michaels (San Diego: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, 1992; Thirteen Questions in Ethics and Social Philosophy, 2nd edition (Fort Worth: Harcourt Brace, 1998).
World Philosophy: A Text with Readings, co-edited with Robert C. Solomon (New York: McGraw-Hill, 1995).
Aesthetics in Perspective (edited) (Fort Worth: Harcourt Brace, 1996).
The Big Questions, co-authored with Robert C. Solomon, 8th ed. (Belmont, Ca.: Wadsworth, 2010); 9th ed., 2014.
Introducing Philosophy, co-authored with Robert C. Solomon and Clancy Martin, 10th ed. (New York: Oxford University Press, 2012); 11th edition forthcoming, 2015.
“Festivals of Recognition: Nietzsche’s Idealized Communities,” in Nietzsche and Community, ed. Julian Young (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2014), pp. 77-92.
“Post-Truth Pluralism: The Unlikely Political Wisdom of Friedrich Nietzsche,” Breakthrough Journal 3 (Winter 2013): 101-106.
“Moral Equivalents,” in Value and Values: Economics and Justice in an Age of Global Interdependence, ed. Roger T. Ames and Peter D. Hershock (Honolulu: University of Hawai’i Press, 2014). [forthcoming]
“La lecture de l’oracle (Oracular Reading),” in “L’art de bien lire”, Nietzsche et la philologie, ed. Jean-François Balaudé and Patrick Wotling (Paris: Librairie Philosophique J. Vrin, 2012), pp. 241-252. (French only)
“Loyalty from a Confucian Perspective,” in Loyalty, ed. Sanford Levinson and Paul Woodruff, Nomos LIV (New York: New York University Press, 2012), pp. 22-38.
“Bob on Meaning in Life and Death,” in Passion, Death, and Spirituality: The Philosophy of Robert C. Solomon, co-edited with David Sherman (Dordrecht: Springer, 2012), 259-267.
“Introduction,” in Passion, Death, and Spirituality: The Philosophy of Robert C. Solomon, co-edited with David Sherman (Dordrecht: Springer, 2012), ix-xv.
“Introduction: Robert C. Solomon and the Spiritual Passions” in Special Issue on Robert C. Solomon and the Spiritual Passions, Guest Editor: Kathleen M. Higgins, Sophia: International Journal for Philosophy of Religion, Metaphysical Theology, and Ethics, 50 (June 2011): 239-245.
“Biology and Culture in Musical Emotions,” Emotion Review, Special Issue on Social-Constructionist Approaches to Emotion, ed. James Averill, 4:3 (2012): 273-282.
“Visual Music and Synaesthesia,” in The Routledge Companion to Philosophy and Music, ed. Andrew Kania and Theodore Gracyk (New York: Routledge, 2010), 480-491.
“Love and Death,” in On Emotions: Philosophical Essays, ed. John Deigh (New York: Oxford University Press, 2013), 159-178.
“Refined Emotions in Aesthetic Experience: A Cross-Cultural Comparison,” in Aesthetic Experience, ed. Richard Shusterman and Adele Tomlin, Routledge Studies in Contemporary Philosophy (New York: Routledge, 2008), 106-126.
“Leadership through Music,” in Leadership at the Crossroads, ed. Joanne B. Ciulla, in 3 vols., Vol. 3: Leadership and the Humanities (Westport, Connecticut: Praeger, 2008), 151-171.
“Suffering in Nietzsche’s Philosophy,” in Reading Nietzsche at the Margins, ed. Steven V. Hicks and Alan Rosenberg (West Lafayette: Purdue University Press, 2008), 59-72.
“The Cognitive and Appreciative Import of Musical Universals,” Revue Internationale de Philosophie 60/238 (December 2006): 487-503.
“Nietzsche, Empty Names, and Individuality,” International Studies in Philosophy 38/3 (2006): 117-130.
“An Alchemy of Emotion: Rasa and Aesthetic Breakthroughs,” Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism, Special Issue: Global Theories of the Arts and the Aesthetic 65 (2007): 43-54.
“Musical Education for Peace,” in Educations and Their Purposes: A Conversation among Cultures, ed. Roger T. Ames and Peter D. Hershock (Honolulu: University of Hawaii Press, 2008), 389-404.
“Negative Virtues: Zhuangzi’s Wuwei,” Virtue Ethics: Old and New, ed. Stephen Gardiner (Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 2005), 125-141.
“Rebaptizing Our Evil: Nietzsche’s Revaluation of Values,” in The Companion to Nietzsche, ed. Keith Ansell-Pearson (London: Blackwell, 2005), 404-418.
“Nietzsche and the Mystery of the Ass,” in A Nietzschean Bestiary: Animality Beyond Docile and Brutal, ed. Ralph R. Acampora and Christa Davis Acampora (Lanham, Maryland: Rowman & Littlefield, 2004), 100-118.
“Music or the Mistaken Life,” International Studies in Philosophy 35:3 (2003): 117-130.
"Musical Synesthesia :Why We Feel Like Dancing" in Frontiers of Transculturality in Contemporary Aesthetics, ed. Grazia Marchianò and Raffaele Milani (Turin: Trauben/ Casalini Libri, 2001), 319-337.
"Double-Consciousness and Second Sight," in Critical Affinities: Reflections on the Convergence of Nietzsche and African-American Thought, ed. Todd Franklin and Jacqueline Scott (Albany: State University of New York Press, 2006), 51-73.
"Chinese Music and the Family," in An Introduction to Chinese Culture Through the Family, ed. Howard Giskin and Bettye Walsh (Albany: State University of New York Press, 2001), 107-122.
"Television, Realism, and the Distortion of Time," in Television: Aesthetic Reflections, ed. Ruth Lorand (New York: Peter Lang, 2002), 107-126.
“Danto: On the Use and Disadvantage of Hegel for Art,” co-authored with Robert C. Solomon, in The Philosophy of Arthur C. Danto, ed. Randall E. Auxier and Lewis Edwin Hahn, The Library of Living Philosophers Series, Vol.33 (Chicago: Open Court, 2013), pp. 645-663.
“Beyond Irony: Nietzsche in the Twenty-First Century,” International Studies in Philosophy XXXIII:3 (Fall 2001): 37-51.
“Beauty and Its Kitsch Competitors,” in Beauty Matters, ed. Peg Zeglin Brand (Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2000), 87-111; in abridged form as “Beauty, Kitsch, and Glamour,” in Twenty Questions: An Introduction to Philosophy, edited by Lee Bowie, Meredith Michaels, and Robert C. Solomon, 4th ed. (Fort Worth: Harcourt, 2000), 777-783.
"Mass Appeal," in Philosophy and Literature 23 (1999): 197-205.
"Death and the Skeleton," in Death and Philosophy, ed. J. E. Malpas and Robert C. Solomon (London: Routledge, 1998), 39-49; in abridged form in Twenty Questions: An Introduction to Philosophy, edited by Lee Bowie, Meredith Michaels, and Robert C. Solomon, 4th ed. (Fort Worth: Harcourt, 2000), 501-504.
"Music and the Ten Thousand Things: Musical Metaphysics in China," Proceedings of the Pacific Rim Conference on Transcultural Aesthetics, ed. Eugenio Benitez (on disk, ISBN 0-646-28504-1, 1997), 81-95.
"Schopenhauer and Nietzsche: Temporality and Temperament," in Willing and Nothingness: Schopenhauer as Nietzsche's Educator, ed. Christopher Janaway (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1998), 151-177.
"Waves of Uncountable Laughter," in Nietzsche 's Futures, ed. John Lippitt (London: Macmillan, 1997), 82-98.
"The Whip Recalled," Journal of Nietzsche Studies 12 (Autumn 1996):1-18.
"Musical Idiosyncrasy and Perspectival Listening," in Music and Meaning, ed. Jenefer Robinson (Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 1997), 83-102.
"Gender in ‘The Gay Science,’" Philosophy and Literature 19/2 (October 1995): 227-247; also in Feminist Interpretations of Friedrich Nietzsche, ed. Kelly Oliver and Marilyn Pearsall (University Park: Pennsylvania State University Press, 1998), pp. 130-151.
"Bad Faith and Kitsch as Models for Self-Deception," in Self and Deception: A Conversation in Comparative Philosophy, ed. Roger T. Ames and Wimal Dissanayake (Albany: State University of New York Press, 1996), pp. 123-141.
"Nietzsche's Nursery Rhymes," Historical Reflections/Réflexions Historiques 21/3 (Fall 1995): 397-417.
"Atomism, Art and Arthur: Danto's Hegelian Turn" (with Robert C. Solomon), in Danto and His Critics, ed. Mark Rollins (London: Basil Blackwell, 1993), pp. 107-126. Japanese translation in Bigaku Kenkyu (publication of Graduate School of Letters, Osaka University) 1 (2001): 69-94.
"The Good, the True, and the Beautiful," in Falling in Love with Wisdom: American Philosophers Talk about Their Calling, ed. David Karnos and Robert Shoemaker (New York: Oxford University Press, 1993), pp. 223-225.
“‘Zarathustra’ Is a Comic Book," Philosophy and Literature, 16/1 (April 1992): 1-14.
“Arthur Schopenhauer," in Routledge History of Philosophy, Vol. VI: The Age of German Idealism, ed. Robert C. Solomon and Kathleen Higgins (London: Routledge, 1993), pp. 330-362.
“Apollo, Music, and Cross-Cultural Rationality," Philosophy East and West 42/4 (October 1992): 623-641.
“The Music of Our Lives," in Twenty Questions: An Introduction to Philosophy, edited by Lee Bowie, Meredith Michaels, and Robert C. Solomon, 2nd ed. (Fort Worth : Harcourt Brace, 1992), pp. 671-675; 3rd ed. (Fort Worth : Harcourt Brace, 1995), pp. 734-738; Aesthetics, ed. Susan Feagin and Patrick Maynard (New York: Oxford University Press, 1997), pp. 141-148.
“‘On the Genealogy of Morals’ -- Nietzsche's Gift," in Nietzsche, Genealogy, Morality: Essays on Nietzsche's “Genealogy of Morals,” ed. Richard Schacht (Berkeley: University of California Press, 1994), pp. 49-62.
"Sweet Kitsch," in The Philosophy of the Visual Arts, ed. Philip Alperson (New York: Oxford University Press, 1992), pp. 568-581.
“‘Zarathustra’ IV and Apuleius: Who Is Zarathustra's Ass?", International Studies in Philosophy, XX/3, (1988): 29-53; also in Nietzsche: Critical Assessments, ed. Daniel W. Conway with Peter S. Groff, Vol. I: Incipit Zarathustra/Incipit Tragoedia: Art, Music, Representation, and Style (New York: Routledge, 1998), 166-189.
"Nietzsche and Postmodern Subjectivity," in Nietzsche as Postmodernist: Essays Pro and Contra, ed. Clayton Koelb (Albany: State University of New York Press, l990), pp. 189-215.
"Music, Muzak Everywhere: Is Anybody Really Listening?" in Twenty Questions: An Introduction to Philosophy, edited by Lee Bowie, Meredith Michaels, and Robert C. Solomon, 1st ed., (San Diego: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, 1988), 660-670.
"Reading ‘Zarathustra,’" in Reading Nietzsche, ed. Higgins and Solomon (New York: Oxford University Press, 1988), 132-151.
"Nietzsche's View of Philosophical Style," International Studies in Philosophy XVIII/2 (Summer 1986): 67-81.
"Nietzsche on Music," Journal of the History of Ideas, XLVII/4 (October-December 1986): 663-672; also in Essays on the History of Aesthetics, ed. Peter Kivy (Rochester: University of Rochester Press, 1992), 367-376.
"The Night Song's Answer," International Studies in Philosophy XVII/2 (Summer 1985): 33-50.
"Music in Confucian and Neo-Confucian Philosophy," in International Philosophical Quarterly, XX/4 (December 1980): 432-451.
The Will to Power: The Philosophy of Friedrich Nietzsche
"The Will to Power: The Philosophy of Friedrich Nietzsche," lecture series (with Robert C. Solomon), The Teaching Company, 1999.
Among shapers of contemporary thought—including Darwin, Marx, and Freud—Friedrich Nietzsche is perhaps the most mysterious and least understood. His aphorisms are widely quoted, but as both man and thinker he remains an enigmatic figure, "philosophizing with a hammer" and hurling unsettling challenges to some of our most cherished beliefs.
The Great Minds of the Western Intellectual Tradition
Guest Lectures on Schopenhauer and Nietzsche for Darren Staloff and Michael Sugrue, “The Great Minds of the Western Intellectual Tradition” lecture series, The Teaching Company, 1999.
Awards & Honors
American Society for Aesthetics Outstanding Monograph Prize (for The Music between Us), 2013.
Rappaport-King Scholar Mentor Award, College of Liberal Arts, The University of Texas at Austin, 1997, 2011
Alumni Achievement Award, Conservatory of Music, University of Missouri, Kansas City, 1999
Resident Scholar, The Rockefeller Foundation's Bellagio Study and Conference Center, October 1993
Nietzsche's “Zarathustra” named one of the Outstanding Academic Books of l988-89 by Choice
University Research Institute Summer Research Award, The University of Texas at Austin, 1985