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Resistance and alterity in contemporary political theory

Research students in the department

Paul Rekret (B.A. Toronto), (M.A. Amsterdam).

I completed my Bachelor's Degree in Political Science at the University of Toronto and my Master's Degree in Philosophy from the School for Cultural Analysis at the Universiteit van Amsterdam.

My research aims to compare and contrast the way that 'freedom' is conceived in Heidegger, Foucault and Derrida and the impact and relationship that this conception has on their respective conceptions of being with others.

To be a self is to always already be with others, and the primacy of this 'with' dictates against any focus on the individual as the constitutive source of social life. The self or subject cannot be thought apart from the historical conditions and its relations to others that make it what it is. The self is its relations.

The question at the centre of my research is therefore, what happens to the subject's being with others when the subject questions and potentially exceeds its own limits?

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