Béatrice Han-Pile – Staff Page

Biographical Information:


I studied philosophy, history and literature for four years at the École Normale Supérieure. After this, I was awarded a Fellowship from the Thiers Foundation while completing my doctoral thesis on Michel Foucault. Before coming to Essex, I  taught in France at the Universities of Paris IV-Sorbonne, Reims and Amiens. I was invited as a Visiting Scholar twice by the University of California (Berkeley), and by the Université de Nice (France). I am the author of L'ontologie manquée de Michel Foucault, a substantially revised version of which was published in the autumn of 2002 by Stanford University Press as Foucault's Critical Project : Between the Transcendental and the Historical. I also have published various papers, mostly on Foucault, Nietzsche, Schopenhauer, Heidegger and aesthetics.

Main interests: Foucault, phenomenology (mostly Heidegger and Sartre), Nietzsche, Schopenhauer, aesthetics.

Current research: various papers on Heidegger, Foucault and Nietzsche. A book on medio-passivity.



Selected Publications:


  • "Nietzsche and the ‘Masters of Truth’: the Presocratics and Christ" in Mark A Wrathall and Jeff Malpas (eds.) Heidegger, Authenticity and Modernity: Essays in Honor of Hubert Dreyfus, Volume I, (London and Cambridge, Mass., USA, MIT Press, 2000) pp. 165-86 A slightly different version of the same paper has been published in Nietzsche and the Divine, (ed. John Lippitt and James Urpeth), London: Clinamen UP, 2000.


Reply to Gary Gutting’s Review of Foucault’s Critical Project : Between the Transcendental and the Historical


·             Gary Gutting’s original review

·             Reply to review (in PDF format)