PhD defence G.E. Bakker

Desiring Security. A critique of the political mentality of security and control in the spirit of Hannah Arendt
Promotor

Prof.dr. M. Huijer

Promotor

Prof.dr. J. de Mul

Date
Thursday 2 Dec 2021, 15:30 - 17:00
Type
PhD defence
Spoken Language
Dutch
Space
Senate Hall
Building
Erasmus Building
Location
Campus Woudestein
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On 2 December 2021, G.E. Bakker will defend his PhD dissertation, entitled: ‘Desiring Security. A critique of the political mentality of security and control in the spirit of Hannah Arendt’.

The aim of this study is to analyze the meanings manifest in the (late) modern desire for security. Starting from the recollection of various historical representations of desiring security, the study formulates a critique on the aim for instrumental control and searches for an alternative philosophical startingpoint for re-imagining the human relation to danger. The analysis is conceptual and hermeneutical, not empirical. It approaches the subject matter drawing from Hannah Arendt’s ontology, methodology and political philosophy. The partial recollection and re-interpretation of classical motives in the Western history of philosophy serves as a starting point for the analysis of how existing human motives for security have conflated with a
modern expectation of instrumental control. For each motive a critical perspective is developed on how these desires for security control are underlying late modern risk management operations and techniques.

 

The public defence will take place at the Senate Hall, 1st floor Erasmus Building, location campus Woudestein. The ceremony will begin exactly at 15.30 PM. In light of the solemn nature of the ceremony, we recommend that you do not take children under the age of 6 to the first part of the ceremony.

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