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I am available to supervise theses in modern and classical political theory, the politics of the emotions, European philosophy, philosophy as a way of life, Nietzsche, Foucault and Hadot.


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Personal profile


Michael Ure is a Senior Lecturer in Politics in the School of Social Sciences. In 2005 he completed his PhD at The Ashworth Centre for Social Theory (University of Melbourne). From 2007 to 2010 he was a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the Centre for the History of European Discourses at the University of Queensland.

From 2014-2019 he was the lead investigator of the ARC Discovery grant 'Reinventing Philosophy as a Way of Life' (2014-2019) and he is currently the editor of the Bloomsbury series 'Re-inventing Philosophy as a Way of Life ( 

His is currently writing two books: Resentment/Ressentiment (Routledge with Robert van Krieken) and Nietzsche's Free Spirit (Cambridge University Press). 

Michael publishes widely in European philosophy and political theory. His publications include,

Nietzsche's Therapy, Lexington, 2008

The Politics of Compassion, Routledge, 2014 (ed. with Professor Mervyn Frost)

Nietzsche's The Gay Science, Cambridge University Press, 2019

Philosophy as a Way of Life: History, Dimensions, Directions, Bloomsbury, 2021 (with M. Sharpe).










Supervision interests


Current Supervisions



1.  Doctorate by Research: 'Nietzsche and Philosophy as Therapy' 

Candidate: Julia Ely

Supervisors: Dr. Michael Ure (Main) & Dr. Sandra Field (Associate)


2. Doctorate by Research (Joint Monash-ITTB Mumbai): 'The Figure of the Vigilante Woman'

Candidate: Ananya Dasgupta

Supervisors: Dr. Michael Ure (Main) & Professor Paulomi Chakraborty (Main, ITTB), and Professor Siby K. George (Associate, ITTB)

3. Doctorate by Research (Joint Monash-ITTB Mumbai): 'Education and Justice: The Case of Dalit Women'

Candidate: Anamica Sharma

Supervisors: Dr. Michael Ure (Main) & Professor Siby K. George (Main, ITTB)


 Completed Supervisions

1. Doctorate by Research: 'Exploring the application of Nietzsche's ideas about value, agency and culture in moral philosophy'

Candidate: Andre Okawara

Supervisors: Dr. Michael Ure (Main) & Professor Toby Handfield (Associate)

2. Doctorate by Research: 'Nietzsche’s Agonistic Ethics of Friendship' (2020)

Candidate: Neil Durrant

Supervisors: Michael Ure (Main) & Paul Muldoon (Associate)

3. Doctorate by Research (Joint Monash-Warwick): 'Foucault and the Politics of Self-Government' (2019)

Candidate: Irene Dal Poz

Supervisors: Dr. Michael Ure (Main) & Professor Miguel Beistegui (Main, Warwick) 

 4. Doctorate by Research (Joint Monash-Warwick): 'On the Politics of Life: Michel Foucault and Georges Canguilhem On Life And Norms' (2019)

Candidate: Federico Testa

Supervisors: Dr. Michael Ure (Main) & Professor Miguel Beistegui Ansell-Pearson (Main, Warwick)

5. Doctorate by Research (Joint Monash-Warwick): 'The Affirmation of Eros: Passion and Eternity in Friedrich Nietzsche’s The Gay Science' (2018)

Dr. Thomas Ryan

Supervisors: Dr. Michael Ure (Main) & Professor Keith Ansell-Pearson (Main, Warwick)

6. Doctorate by Research (Joint Monash-Warwick): 'Cultivating Our Passionate Attachments Self-Cultivation in Practical Philosophy' (2018)

Dr. Matthew Dennis

Supervisors: Dr. Michael Ure (Main) & Professor Keith Ansell-Pearson (Main, Warwick) 

7. Masters by Research: 'Myth of the Mythless: Why the Left and Politics Still Need Mythology' (2017)

Liyan Gao

Supervisors: Dr. Paul Muldoon (Main) & Dr. Michael Ure (Associate) 

8. Doctorate by Research: 'After the apology: responsive narratives and the 2008 Apology to Australia's Stolen Generations' (2016)

Kate Maher

Supervisors: Dr. Michael Ure (Main) & Associate Professor Mark Davis     (Associate)

9. Masters by Research: 'Conspiracy Narratives in Contemporary Society' (2015)

Nicholas Ulbrick

Supervisors: Dr. Luke Howie (Main) & Dr. Michael Ure (Associate)

10. Doctorate by Research: 'The psychology of cosmopolitan behaviour: emotions, norms and social identification' (2014)

Dr. Nicholas Faulkner

Supervisors: Professor James Walter (Main) & Dr. Michael Ure (Associate) 

11. Doctorate by Research: 'Greek Tragedy and Contemporary Democracy' (University of Queensland, 2010)

Dr. Mark Chou

Supervisors: Professor Roland Bleiker (Main) & Dr. Michael Ure (Associate)


Honours Supervisions


2015: Rufus Davis Award - Best Politics Honours Thesis:

'The Politics of Nihilism: Political Existentialism and Political Humanism in Nietzsche and Camus'

Robert Moseley

Supervisor: Dr. Michael Ure


2013: Rufus Davis Award - Best Politics Honours Thesis:

'Reclaiming Conflict in the Political'

Octavia Bryant

Supervisor: Dr. Michael Ure


2012 Rufus Davis Award - Best Politics Honours Thesis:

'Freedom in Foucault: The ethics of aesthetics'

Kylie Dolan

Supervisor: Dr. Michael Ure


Monash teaching commitment


Monash Teaching Commitments


ATS 3719 Modern Political Thought


ATS 4328 Grand Theories of Politics and International Relations


ATS 2276/3276 Modern Italian Political Thought (Arts Semester in Prato Program)


Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Research area keywords

  • Political Theory
  • History of Philosophy
  • Nietzsche Studies
  • Political Emotions
  • Classical Political Philosophy
  • Compassion
  • Resentment
  • Populism
  • Foucault
  • Philosophy as a way of life
  • Hadot

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