Clancy Martin, Ph.D.

Dr. Clancy Martin

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Clancy Martin is Professor of Philosophy in UMKC's College of Arts and Sciences, Professor of Business Ethics at the Bloch School of Management, and advisor to Phi Sigma Tau. He works on 19th and 20th Century European philosophy, moral psychology (especially deception, self-deception, and self-knowledge), and the intersections of philosophy and literature.

A 2011-2012 Guggenheim Fellow, Clancy has authored, coauthored and edited a variety of books in philosophy, including LOVE, LIES, AND MARRIAGE (forthcoming, Farrar Straus & Giroux), HONEST WORK (Oxford University Press, 2012) with Robert Solomon and Joanne Ciulla, and THE PHILOSOPHY OF DECEPTION (Oxford University Press, 2009). He has published dozens of articles, essays and reviews on Kierkegaard, Nietzsche, Romanticism, the virtue of truthfulness, and many other subjects, and has also translated Nietzsche's THUS SPOKE ZARATHUSTRA (Barnes and Noble Classics, 2006) and other texts from German and Danish.

His work has appeared in Harper's Magazine (where he is a contributing editor), The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The London Review of Books, GQ, Esquire, Ethics, McSweeney's, NOON, New Letters, The Times Literary Supplement, VICE, The Australian Financial Times, The Dublin Times, and many other publications. His work has been translated into more than twenty languages, including Portuguese, Korean, and Mandarin. In 2009 Kansas City's The Pitch named Clancy their "Best Author of the Year."

A Pushcart Prize winner, Clancy's first novel HOW TO SELL (Farrar, Straus and Giroux) was selected as a 2009 "Best Book of the Year" by the Times Literary Supplement, The Guardian, The Kansas City Star, Publisher's Weekly, and several other publications. It was optioned by Sony for film. His novella TRAVELS IN CENTRAL AMERICA was published in 2012. Two of his magazine stories are currently being developed for film. He has also been a finalist for The National Magazine Award. His work in progress includes a book on the nature of the will, a novel, and several essays, both philosophical and popular. His course "Everyday Ethics" is published in The Great Courses series by The Teaching Company (available 2014).

Clancy earned his Ph.D. in 2003 from the University of Texas at Austin, where he wrote a dissertation on Nietzsche's theory of deception under the late Robert C. Solomon.