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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

Award Date: 12 Oct 2013

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Research Output

Jiří Menzel’s treatment of sacrifice

Brennan, D., 11 Dec 2019, In : Ethics & Bioethics (In Central Europe). 9, 3-4, p. 208-220 13 p.

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    Reading Václav Havel in the Age of Trump

    Brennan, D., 2019, In : Critical Horizons. 20, 1, p. 54-70 17 p.

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    The Philosophical Farce of Daisies

    Brennan, D., Oct 2018, In : East European Film Bulletin. 88

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  • Václav Havel's Call for Forgiveness

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

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  • 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.

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    Student theses

    A reappraisal of the political philosophy of Vaclav Havel

    Author: Brennan, D., 12 Oct 2013

    Supervisor: Cox, D. (Supervisor)

    Student thesis: Doctoral Thesis