Ph.D. in Philosophy, University of Essex, Colchester, U.K., 1993.
Bachelor of Science (Econ), special subject: Philosophy, London School of Economics, 1985.
Herman Siemens teaches modern philosophy, with emphasis on the self-understanding of modernity developed in the philosophy of the Enlightenment and post-Enlightenment. His areas of specialization are Nietzsche and post-Nietzschean thought; political philosophy, with an emphasis on power, conflict and law; and aesthetics, with an emphasis on its early modern history (Baumgarten, Kant, Schiller, German Romanticism) and questions of taste, perception and judgement. Since 1998 he has been working together with other Nietzsche scholars on the Nietzsche-Wörterbüch Project, based at the Radboud University of Nijmegen and Leiden, which he currently co-directs and co-edits with Prof. Paul van Tongeren.
He has published widely in his areas of expertise, including the volume Nietzsche, Power and Politics, co-edited with Vasti Roodt (de Guyter 2008). At present he is preparing a monograph on Nietzsche’s concept of the agon, and a collection of concept-studies based on his dictionary work, to be published in a new bilingual series he will launch in 2013: Studien zu Nietzsche’s Gebrauch der Sprache / Studies in Nietzsche’s Use of Language. Over the next few years, he will extend this research on the agon into a broader study of Nietzsche’s ‘ontology’ of conflict and its political implications in connection with the NWO research programme he directs: Between Deliberation and Agonism: Rethinking Conflict and its Relation to Law in Political Philosophy.