M.A. Mees van Hulzen

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Biography

Born in 1987 in Amersfoort, The Netherlands.

2010 Bachelor in philosophy at the University of Amsterdam.

2014 Research master in philosophy (Cum Laude) at the University of Amsterdam.

2014 – 2017 Junior lecturer at the University of Amsterdam.

2015 – 2017 Lecturer at Hogeschool voor toegepaste filosofie, Utrecht.

2017 – PhD Candidate in philosophy at Leipzig University.

 

Research Project

Politics of the Gift: Towards a Dialectics of Charity and Solidarity

In this research project I am studying the relation between charity and solidarity within critical theory and theories of the gift. The starting point of this research project is the criticism, mostly from the left, that has targeted charity and philanthropy. The rivaling concept that is often proposed is that of solidarity, understood as a relation of reciprocity among the different members of a particular social group. This reciprocity seems to solve most of the problems that are connected to asymmetrical relations of charity. However, the principle of reciprocity, underlying the notion of solidarity, also gives rise to exclusionary mechanisms, since it tends to exclude those unable to reciprocate. In the tradition of charity the recognition of those unable to reciprocate, has always been a central occupation. This tension between both concepts leads to my main question: do charity and solidarity mutually exclude each other or can we see them as standing in a dialectical relation?

To study this tension between charity and solidarity I am making use of the valuable discussions on unilateral and reciprocal giving in theories of the gift. Within most theories of the gift unilateral giving often had to make way for reciprocal giving. To counter this dominant view, I aim to give a more pluralistic account of the gift, highlighting what I call ‘the politics of the gift’. With this I refer to the idea that practices of gift giving are not merely used to constitute social bonds but that they are also used to dismantle and reshape networks of solidarity.

Supervisor: Prof. Dr. Dirk Quadflieg

Co-Supervisor: Dr. Robin Celikates (University of Amsterdam)

 

Teaching

  • 2014 – 2017 Introductory course in ethics. University of Amsterdam.
  • 2014 – 2017 Introductory course in political and social philosophy. University of Amsterdam.
  • 2016 – 2017 Advanced bachelor course on freedom and autonomy. University of Amsterdam.
  • 2016 Advanced bachelor course on human rights and critique. Hogeschool voor toegepaste filosofie, Utrecht.
  • 2017 Introductory course in political and social philosophy. Hogeschool voor toegepaste filosofie, Utrecht.
Letzte Änderung: 30. Oktober 2017