Helen Small
Professor of English Literature, University of Oxford

Helen Small is professor of English literature at the University of Oxford, and a fellow of Merton College, Oxford. Her most recent book is The Value of the Humanities (2013). The book in progress is entitled The Function of Cynicism at the Present Time. She lives in Oxford

Written by Helen Small

Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900) on his sickbed, 1899. Oil sketch on cardboard by Hans Olde. Photo Goethe-Nationalmuseum, Weimar/AKG

Thinkers and theories
Nietzsche and the Cynics

How Friedrich Nietzsche used ideas from the Ancient Cynics to explore the death of God and the nature of morality

Helen Small