Daniel Ahern

Daniel AhernBiographical Sketch

My home is in Antigonish, Nova Scotia where I live with my two sons, Brendan and Aidan. My favorite activities are being with my family and friends and, aside from my work, I'm interested in literature, history, music, professional football, hiking, and travel.

Research Interests

I have been teaching philosophy for about 15 years and have done so at The Memorial University of Newfoundland, St. Francis Xavier University, the University of New Brunswick, Saint John campus and, since, the fall of 1999, here at the University of New Brunswick, Fredericton Campus.

My research is centered primarily around the philosophy of Friedrich Nietzsche. I am also pursuing more recent study into Michel Foucault's philosophy along with that of Emmanuel Levinas. These areas of concern are in line with my life-long interests in Continental Philosophy, Ancient Greek Philosophy, Intellectual History, and Aesthetics.

The following is a list of my publications and more recent conference presentations.


  • Author, Nietzsche As Cultural Physician, (Pennsylvania: Pennsylvania   State University Press, 1995).
  • Co-Edited, Politics, Ethics and the Challenges to Democracy in New Independent States, (Council for Research in Values and Philosophy, Washington DC,2005).
  • The Smile of Tragedy: Nietzsche and the Art of Virtue (Penn State Press, 2012)

Book Chapters

  • "The Order of Rank: Nietzsche's Critique of Christianity and Democracy" (Forthcoming in 2010)
  • "Self-Destruction: Nietzsche's Path to the Holy" in Approaches to Metaphysics, (Ed. with an Introduction by William Sweet, Netherlands: Kluwer Academic Publishers,  2004).

Book Reviews

  • John Krapp's, An Aesthetics of Morality, University of South Carolina Press, 2002. International Fiction Review, 32 2005.
  • Martin Heidegger's, Plato's Sophist, Indiana University Press, 1997. In the International Philosophical Quarterly, published 03/2000.
  • James F. Ward's Heidegger's Political Thinking, University of  Massachusetts Press, 1995.  In The Review of Metaphysics, published 09/1997.
  • H.W.  Petzer's, Encounters and dialogues with Martin Heidegger: 1929-1976, Chicago University Press, 1993.  In The Review of Metaphysics, published 06/1995.

Manuscripts in Preparation

  • Master/Slave Aesthetics:  An Investigation into Nietzsche's "Physiology of Art."

Papers Recently Presented

  • "Nietzsche and the Tragic Age of the Greeks," to the Humanities Colloquium at St Francis Xavier University, April, 2010.
  • "Nietzsche and Democracy" at panel discussion for Canadian Political Science Association during Congress of the Social Sciences and Humanities 06/08
  • "Virtue and Tragedy" to the Atlantic Region Philosophical Association 10/08
  • "Nietzsche and the Genealogy of Tragedy" to the Atlantic Region Philosophical Association 10/2006


Contact Information:

Daniel Ahern

Office: Carleton Hall, Room 209A
Phone: (506) 458-7499

Office hours are Mondays and Wednesdays 10:30-12:00 or by appointment.