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Research interests

My research is in the areas of political and social philosophy. I am working on three principal research projects:

  • My first research project explores and exposes philosophies of resistance which promote violence, messianic gestures, and sacrifice as the best form of resistance.
  • My second research project elaborates a philosophy of resistance which emphasises the political and social significance of actions which are not usually deemed to be political, such as friendship, small acts of kindness, and the development of virtues. The focus in this exploration is on how these kinds of non-political actions can be considered as meaningful acts of resistance in oppressive conditions.
  • My third research project employs phenomenology to expose political and social situations where questions of the appropriateness of resistance can be posed.

I have a book with Brill, 'The Political Thought of Vaclav Havel' as well as articles with Hypatia, Symposium, Screening the Past, and other journals. I am currently working on a book on Surfing and the Philosophy of Sport for Lexington books, ahead of surfing's inclusion in the 2020 Olympic games.

Education/Academic qualification

Philosphy, PhD

1 May 20081 Apr 2013

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Václav Havel Arts & Humanities
Jan Patočka Arts & Humanities
Thought Arts & Humanities
Dissidents Arts & Humanities
Dissent Arts & Humanities
Criticism Arts & Humanities
Philosophy Arts & Humanities
Emmanuel Levinas Arts & Humanities

Research Output 2013 2018

Václav Havel's Call for Forgiveness

Brennan, D., Oct 2018, Phenomenology and Forgiveness. La Caze, M. (ed.). London: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Václav Havel
Jan Patočka

A magnificent gift: Jan Patocka and Vaclav Havel on dissident sacrifice

Brennan, D., 1 Jan 2017, In : Theory in Action. 10, 1, p. 88-107 20 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Jan Patočka
Václav Havel
1 Citations
Open Access
moral philosophy
political action

The Lady in the Van and the challenge of Psycho: On the political uses of psychoanalytic imagery in film

Brennan, D., 2017, In : PsyArt. 21, p. 1-12 13 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Cultural Significance

The political thought of Vaclav Havel: Philosophical influences and contemporary applications

Brennan, D., 2017, 1st ed. Leiden, The Netherlands: Brill. 189 p. (Value Inquiry Book Series; vol. 295)

Research output: Book/ReportBook

Václav Havel
Political Thought
Political philosophy
Martin Heidegger


A reappraisal of the political philosophy of Vaclav Havel

Author: Brennan, D., 12 Oct 2013

Supervisor: Cox, D. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral Thesis


Integrity and Selflessness.

Author: Zamp, P., 7 Oct 2017

Supervisor: Cox, D. (Supervisor) & Brennan, D. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Master's Thesis