E. van den Wildenberg (Esmée) MA

Teacher - Philosophical ethics and political philosophy

E. van den Wildenberg (Esmée) MA
Visiting address

Erasmusplein 1

Postal address

Postbus 9103

Working days Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday

Esmée van den Wildenberg obtained her research master’s degree in Philosophy (Metaphysics and Epistemology) from Radboud University in 2021. Her master’s thesis focused on the notion of Mitsein in Simone de Beauvoir’s existentialist ethics. She also holds a master’s degree in Gender Studies from Utrecht University. In this master’s thesis she developed a feminist critique on the notion of ‘neutrality’ in the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Dobbs vs. Women’s Health Organization (2022).

Esmée is currently a PhD student at KU Leuven’s Institute of Philosophy and Radboud University. Her doctoral project focuses on the notions of freedom and agency in different strands of contemporary feminist theory with a focus on the #MeToo movement. While freedom and agency are often interpreted as competing concepts within feminist theory, this research project puts forward the idea that freedom and agency are complementary concepts, referring to different dimensions of action. In order to do so, this project rereads Simone de Beauvoir’s notion of situated freedom in light of Judith Butler and Rosi Braidotti’s theories on agency. Connecting her rereading of situated freedom with #MeToo, Esmée's research focuses on relational and phenomenological theories of selfhood and intercorporeality in terms of sexual subjectivity and intersubjectivity.



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