Associate Professor Robert Lawrence Wicks

BA (Michigan State) , MA , PhD (Wisconsin)

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Associate Professor

Research | Current

  • Schopenhauer
  • Nietzsche
  • Hegel
  • Kant
  • History of Aesthetics
  • Existentialism

Teaching | Current

PHIL 152 Philosophy and Theories of Human Nature

PHIL 209 Schopenhauer and Nietzsche

PHIL 220 Kant and Hegel

PHIL 329 Schopenhauer and Nietzsche

PHIL 340 Kant and Hegel

PHIL 757 European Continental Philosophy 1

Postgraduate supervision


PhD Supervision

2008: David Nickless, Interpreting References to the Subject in Philosophical Writings

2006: Tony Stroobant, A Psychoanalytic Study of Anti-Semitism (with Philip Culbertson, School of Theology)

2005: Geoffey Roche, An Unblinking Gaze (with Stefano Franchi)


Associate Professor Robert Wicks's Postgraduate Supervision





School of Humanities, Deputy Head of School for Teaching and Learning

Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)

  • Wicks, R. L. (2017). Nietzsche's life and works. In E. N. Zalta (Ed.) Stanford encyclopedia of philosophy (pp. ). Stanford: Center for the Study of Language and Information. Related URL.
  • Wicks, R. (2017). Kant's theory of freedom in the fourfold root as the progenitor of Schopenhauer's metaphysics of will. In J. Head, D. Vanden Auweele (Eds.) Schopenhauer's fourfold root (pp. 199-212). London: Routledge.
  • Wicks, R. L. (2017). Schopenhauer. In S. D. Leach, J. Tartaglia (Eds.) Consciousness and the great philosophers : what would they have said about our mind-body problem? (pp. 142-151). London: Routledge.
  • Wicks, R. L. (2016). The impact of idealism: The legacy of Post-Kantian German thought, Volume III: Aesthetics and literature by Christoph Jamme and Ian Cooper (eds.), [book review]. Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews Related URL.
  • Wicks, R. L. (2016). Introduction to Schopenhauer. In B. D. Crowe (Ed.) The nineteenth century philosophy reader (pp. 252-261). London: Routledge.
  • Wicks, R. L. (2015). The Divine Inspiration for Kant's Formalist Theory of Beauty. Kant Studies Online, 1-31. Related URL.
  • Wicks, R. L. (2014). Schopenhauer's Transcendental Idealism and the Neutral Nature of Will. In M. C. Altman (Ed.) The Palgrave Handbook of German Idealism (pp. 723-743). Houndmills, Basingstoke, Hampshire, England: Palgrave Macmillan.
  • Wicks, R. L. (2014). Kant: A Complete Introduction. London: Hodder & Stoughton/McGraw-Hill. Pages: 257.


Contact details

Primary office location

ARTS 1 - Bldg 206
Level 4, Room 439
New Zealand

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