Prof. Vasti Roodt

Vasti Roodt Associate Professor in the Department of Philosophy and the Head of the Unit for Social and Political Ethics in the Centre for Applied Ethics. She holds and MA and DPhil (Philosophy) from Stellenbosch University. Her research focuses on moral and political philosophy.

She has published extensively on the work of Friedrich Nietzsche and Hannah Arendt, and has also written on identity politics and 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 the the way in which metaphor and analogy shape – and distort – philosophical reasoning about key political concepts, notably ‘violence’, ‘identity’ and ‘community’. This is part of a broader research project on conceptual ethics.



Philosophy 114: Introduction to systematic philosophy
Philosophy 364: Political philosophy


Honours (Nietzsche / political philosophy)
Moral values and value conflict (Postgraduate Diploma)
Theories of justice (Postgraduate Diploma)
MA and PhD supervision

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. Living with nihilism. In Beyond Nihilism?, ed. A.K. Smith, C. Bremmers, J.-P. Wils. Freiburg, Verlag Traugott, 2018.
  • Roodt, V. 2012. ‘The World as the ‘Beyond’ of Politics. In: Stoker, W & Van der Merwe, WL (eds.): Looking Beyond? Shifting Views of Trnscendence 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.