Laurence Lampert

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Laurence Lampert (born 1941) is a Canadian philosopher and a leading scholar in the field of Nietzsche studies.[1] He is also well known for his interpretation of the German-American political philosopher, Leo Strauss.

Lampert was born and raised in Winnipeg, Manitoba. Lampert received his Master's in 1968 and his doctorate in 1971, both from Northwestern University, . He taught at Indiana University for 35 years and is currently professor emeritus of Philosophy at Indiana University – Purdue University Indianapolis.

The Indiana University Foundation has a Laurence Lampert Scholarship in Philosophy that was founded upon Lampert's retirement. Income from gifts to this endowed fund supports scholarships for undergraduate philosophy majors.


  • Nietzsche's Teaching: An Interpretation of Thus Spoke Zarathustra (New Haven: Yale University Press, 1986).
  • Nietzsche and Modern Times: A Study of Bacon, Descartes, and Nietzsche (New Haven: Yale University Press, 1993).
  • Leo Strauss and Nietzsche (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1996).
  • Nietzsche's Task: An Interpretation of Beyond Good and Evil (New Haven: Yale University Press, 2001).
  • Francis Bacon's Advertisement Touching a Holy War, edited, with an introduction, notes, and interpretive essay by Laurence Lampert (Prospect Heights, IL: Waveland, 2000).
  • How Philosophy Became Socratic: A Study of Plato's "Protagoras," "Charmides," and "Republic" (Chicago, IL: University of Chicago Press, 2010).
  • The Enduring Importance of Leo Strauss (Chicago, IL: University of Chicago Press, 2013).


  1. ^ "Interview with Professor Laurence Lampert, conducted by Daniel Blues". The Nietzsche Circle. 2008. Retrieved 29 June 2013. 

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