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Vasti Roodt



Vasti Roodt is Associate Professor in the Department of Philosophy. Her research field is modern political philosophy, with a particular focus on the political thought of Friedrich Nietzsche and Hannah Arendt, as well as questions relating to the public/private distinction and the social contract. She has published extensively on the work of both Nietzsche and Arendt and has also written on identity politics and ​the notion of public happiness. She is co-editor of Nietzsche, Power and Politics: Rethinking Nietzsche's Legacy for Political Thought (De Gruyter, 2008) and of the South African Journal of Philosophy special issue on happiness (Vol. 33 Nr. 4, 2014). Her current research focuses on moral contractualism and the justification of social policy.



Philosophy 112: Introduction to systematic philosophy

Philosophy 212: Introduction to political philosophy

Philosophy 364: Social justice


The moral philosophy of Friedrich Nietzsche / Political philosophy (honour levels)

Moral values and value conflict (post-graduate diploma level)

Theories of justice (post-graduate diploma level)

Selected publications


Roodt, V. & Siemens, H. (eds.), Nietzsche, Power and Politics. Berlin: De Gruyter, 2008.

Journal articles

Roodt, V. 2014. On public happiness. In South African Journal of Philosophy, 33(4): 459-471.

Roodt, V. 2012. Arendt, Stiegler en die lewe van die gees. In Tydskrif vir Geesteswetenskappe, 52(2): 5-18 (in Afrikaans).

Roodt, V.  2006. Review article: Tommy Shelby: 'We Who Are Dark'. In Ethical Perspectives, 13(4): 711-715.

Roodt, V. 2006. Identiteit en wêreldlikheid: waarom identiteitspolitiek faal. In Tijdschrift voor Filosofie, 69(2): 279-307.

Roodt, V. & Cilliers, P. 2002. The Formation of the Self. Nietzsche and Complexity. In South African Journal of Philosophy, 21(2): pp. 319-348.

Roodt, V. 2002. The Loss of the Human: Nietzsche and Arendt on the Predicament of Modernity. In Ethical Perspectives, 8(1): 31-47.

Roodt, V. 2001. Amor Fati, Amor Mundi. History, Action and Worldliness in Nietzsche and Arendt. In Tijdschrift voor Filosofie, 62(3): 319-348.

Book chapters

Roodt, V. 2012. 'The World as the 'Beyond' of Politics. In: Stoker, W & Van der Merwe, WL (eds.): Looking Beyond? Shifting Views of Transcendence in Philosophy, Theology, the Arts and Politics. Amsterdam: Rodopi, 2012.

Roodt, V. 2008. 'Nietzsche and/or Arendt?' In Roodt, V. & Siemens, H. (eds.), Nietzsche, Power and Politics. Berlin: De Gruyter, pp. 411-429.

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