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Nolen Gertz is the author of Nihilism and Technology (Rowman & Littlefield International, 2018), and is currently completing a book on Nihilism for MIT Press’s Essential Knowledge series. 

He received his Ph.D. in Philosophy from The New School for Social Research in 2012. His doctoral dissertation was a criticism of Just War Theory, arguing that JWT’s common morality perspective is both unrealistic and a contributor to combatant suffering. This argument was expanded in his book, The Philosophy of War and Exile: From the Humanity of War to the Inhumanity of Peace (Palgrave-Macmillan, 2014).

His research interests include applied ethics, social and political philosophy, phenomenology, existentialism, and aesthetics. He has written for the media analyses of military robotshumanitarian drones, and Facebook. His work has appeared in The AtlanticThe Washington Post, and on the ABC Australia website. He has been interviewed by the BBC World Service, Austrian Public Radio, Ireland’s National Independent Radio, and France’s Philosophie Magazine.

He is the Coordinator of the 4TU Task Force on Risk, Safety and Security, and a Research Associate in Military Ethics at the Inamori International Center for Ethics and Excellence at Case Western Reserve University. He is on the Editorial Review Board for Rowman & Littlefield International’s book series Off the Fence: Morality, Politics and Society.

A complete list of his publications can be found here and here.

Education/Academic qualification

PhD, The New School for Social Research

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soldier Social Sciences
facebook Social Sciences
artist Social Sciences
manipulation Social Sciences
Military Social Sciences
autonomy Social Sciences
death Social Sciences
Nihilism Arts & Humanities

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Research Output 2008 2018

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Hegel, the Struggle for Recognition, and Robots

Gertz, N., 2018, In : Techné: Research in Philosophy and Technology. 22, 2, p. 138-157

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Open Access
Georg W.F. Hegel
Political Life

Is Facebook Just a “Tool”?

Gertz, N., 14 Apr 2018.

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Open Access
Philosophy of Technology

Nietzsche, Postphenomenology, and Nihilism-Technology Relations

Gertz, N., 3 Jul 2018, The Future of Engineering: Philosophical Foundations, Ethical Problems and Application Cases. Fritzsche, A. & Oks, S. J. (eds.). Cham, Switzerland: Springer, Vol. 31. p. 257-269 13 p. (Philosophy of Engineering and Technology).

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Friedrich Nietzsche

Nihilism and Technology

Gertz, N., 1 Jul 2018, London and New York: Rowman & Littlefield International. 242 p.

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Friedrich Nietzsche
Big Brother

Questioning the "Normal": Technology, Progress, and Human Life

Gertz, N., 3 Jun 2018.

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Open Access
Face recognition

Activities 2016 2018

  • 4 Invited talk

Nihilism and Technology

Nolen Gertz (Invited speaker)
27 Mar 2018

Activity: Talk or presentationInvited talk

Karl Marx

Nolen Gertz (Speaker)
1 May 2017

Activity: Talk or presentationInvited talk

From Techno-Hypnosis to Orgies of Activism

Nolen Gertz (Speaker)
28 Apr 2017

Activity: Talk or presentationInvited talk

Nihilism - There's an app for that!

Nolen Gertz (Speaker)
29 Nov 2016

Activity: Talk or presentationInvited talk

Press / Media

Les machines vont-elles nous faire la morale ?

Nolen Gertz


1 media contribution

Press/Media: Expert Comment