All of the research related to this specialisation is embedded in section [Practical Philosophy], which pays a lot of attention to interpreting, problematising and actualising classical texts, as well as focuses on actual ethical and political discussions. The research group carries out fundamental research in the field of ethics and social and political philosophy. In the field of ‘social and political philosophy' the focus is on actual discussions on the crisis of and conceptualisation of democracy. Also important are critical studies concerning neoliberalism and discussion on religious conflicts about modernity and secularisation.

Thesis subjects in Social and Political Philosophy

Although many research Master’s students choose a topic related to the research activities of the section, this is not mandatory. Recent Master’s theses (publishable articles) were about the following themes:

  • Crispino Akakpo, Towards a Single of Concept of Liberty
  • Michaela Belejkanicova,Stirred not Shaken! [Jan Patočka and Emmanuel Levinas on Responsibility]
  • Marco Cecchi, When there Is Resistance, there Is Power
  • Lars Cornelissen, The Enterprise as Subject: Wendy Brown on Neoliberal Subjectivity and Democracy
  • Simona Iancu, The argument against the commodification of citizenship: a general structure
  • Boris IJland, European citizenship: Bourgeois or Citoyen? A Hegelian analysis of the relation between citizens and political institutions in the EU
  • Bas Leijssenaar, The Demos as a Plural Subject
  • Anita van Rootselaar, Agonism and Dissatisfaction – Democracy and Productive versus Destructive Dissatisfaction
  • Mathijs van de Sande, Prefigurative Politics, Resistance and Democracy in the 21st Century
  • Daan Sauren, The American Civil Religion as Democratic Phenomenon
  • Stefan Schevelier,Size and Deliberative Democracy
  • Andrew Smith, Between Facts and Myth: Karl Jaspers and the Actuality of Axiality
  • Thomas Swann, Making Anarchism Relevant for the Twenty-First Century