Dr Kurt W Lampe

BA(UCSD), M.A.(Calif.), PhD(UC Berkeley)

  • BS8 1TB


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Personal profile

Research interests

My PhD training (Berkeley, 2007) focused on ancient philosophy, literature, and cultural history. Most of my publications are in these same areas, with a focus on ancient Greek and Roman and modern continental (especially French) philosophy. My first book was The Birth of Hedonism (Princeton). In 2016 I was the Principal Investigator for an AHRC international networking grant on continental approaches to Stoic philosophy, from which I've co-edited French and Italian Stoicisms: from Sartre to Agamben and German Stoicisms: from Hegel to Sloterdijk (Bloomsbury).

Most of my philosophical research concerns the interplay of wellbeing, psychology, ecology, and cosmology. For this reason I'm also very interested in modern theories and techniques of psychotherapy. My past and forthcoming publications engage seriousy with post-Freudian and post-Jungian psychosocial theories. I've also completed theoretical and clinical courses at the Severnside Institute for Psychotherapy and the Bath Counseling and Psychotherapy Centre, and contribute to the continuing education program at Callington Road NHS psychiatric hospital. 

The same nexus of interests finds expression in my emerging work on ancient Greek polytheistic religion, modern paganism, and mental wellbeing. Throughout 2018-2019 I ran a project bringing together  psychotherapists, academics from various subjects, and modern pagans from various backgrounds for experiential workshops. Some of this is documented at this project website. This research stream is exemplified by my forthcoming chapter on "Orestes and the Underworld of Aggrieved Masculine Entitlement."    


Rm 1.2, 36 Tyndalls Park Road

(0117) 928 8168   clkwl@bristol.ac.uk

Consultation hours

Research Supervision

I'd be particularly enthusiastic about supervising work that combines contemporary continental philosophy or psychosocial theory with ancient Greek and Roman culture, especially philosophy, literature, or religion.  


My teaching ranges from Greek and Latin language and literature at all levels through ancient rhetoric, philosophy, epic and tragic poetry in translation, myth and religion. I also teach a range of modern topics, from the clinical and philosophical aspects of psychotherapy to cinema and comic books. 


From 2015-2019 I was the Deputy Head of Subject and Director of Undergraduate Teaching. From 2016-2019 I was a member of the University Senate. 

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CPMW: Classical Polytheism and Modern Wellbeing

Lampe, K. W., Wood, P., Voss, A. & De Salis, I. O. C.


Project: Other

Continental Stoicisms: The Meanings and Values of Greco-Roman Stoicism in European Philosophy Today

Shearin, W., Sholtz, J., Benjamin, A., Hayes, J., Bénatouïl, T. & Lampe, K. W.


Project: Research

  • Research Output

    French and Italian Stoicisms: From Sartre to Agamben

    Lampe, K. & Sholtz, J. (ed.), 2020, (Accepted/In press) London: Bloomsbury Academic. 236 p.

    Research output: Book/ReportEdited book

  • German Stoicisms: From Hegel to Sloterdijk

    Lampe, K. & Benjamin, A. (ed.), 2020, (Accepted/In press) Bloomsbury Academic.

    Research output: Book/ReportEdited book

  • Hans Blumenberg and the Anthropology of Stoicism

    Lampe, K., 2020, (Accepted/In press) German Stoicisms: From Hegel to Sloterdijk. Lampe, K. & Benjamin, A. (eds.). Bloomsbury Academic

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter in a book

  • Activities

    Magical Thinking

    Kurt W Lampe (Contributor)

    1 Nov 2019

    Activity: Talk or presentation typesFestival, exhibition, performance

    Constructing an Ego, Inhabiting an Identity

    Kurt W Lampe (Chair), & Christos Tombras (Speaker)

    16 Feb 2019

    Activity: Talk or presentation typesPublic talk, debate, discussion


    Shamanic Workshop

    Kurt W Lampe (Organiser), & Nick Woodward (Keynote/plenary speaker)

    19 Jan 2019

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in workshop, seminar, course

    Supervised Work

    Hatred in Hesiod

    Author: Kilgallon, S., 25 Jun 2019

    Supervisor: Michelakis, P. (Supervisor) & Lampe, K. W. (Supervisor)

    Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Philosophy (PhD)