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Title: Encountering the state : prolegomena to a subjective approach to understanding the relationship between subject and State
Author: Brown, Ruairidh John
ISNI:       0000 0004 6349 284X
Awarding Body: University of St Andrews
Current Institution: University of St Andrews
Date of Award: 2017
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Demanding Taxation, disciplining, and even at times requiring the sacrifice of life, the State is undoubtedly one of the most influential and important structures within a subject's existence. Nonetheless, despite these great demands, very few subjects actually choose or construct the State they inhabit. On the contrary subjects rather find themselves born into these great structures which transcend their existence. Consequently understanding how subjects come to learn about, and relate to, these great structures they are thrown into is vital for both an understanding of politics and the human condition generally. In this thesis I will explore an alternative approach to investigating the subject and State relationship: The ‘Subjective approach'. Inspired by the thought of Danish Philosopher Søren Kierkegaard, the aim of this approach will be to explore the encounters that the subject has with the State, what perception of the State is given to subjects in these encounters, and how the relationship between subject and State grows out of such encounters. The aim of this thesis is therefore to provide prolegomena to such an approach. I shall aim to outline why such an approach should be considered for investigating subject and State relations, and explore how one may begin articulating such an approach.
Supervisor: Slomp, Gabriella ; Hayden, Patrick Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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Keywords: Political philosophy ; The State ; Subjective approach ; Soren Kierkegaard ; JC11,B87 ; State, The--Philosophy ; Political science--Philosophy ; Kierkegaard, Søren, 1813-1855