Kamila Drapało

Kamila Drapało

PhD Candidate in Philosophy (‘Contemporary Humanism’ Programme, Australian Catholic University, Melbourne/LUMSA, Roma)

Previous Qualifications: BA (University of Warsaw, Poland), MA (University of St Andrews, UK. Joint degree with Universidade de Santiago de Compostela, Spain and Università degli Studi di Bergamo, Italy)

Thesis title: From Philosophical Anthropology To Political Philosophy: Martha Nussbaum’s Vulnerability Approach (working title)

Supervisors: Associate Professor Robyn Horner, Professor Stefano Biancu, Dr Nick Carter


I am a PhD student at the ACU (Melbourne) and LUMSA (Rome), as part of the International PhD programme in ‘Contemporary Humanism’, as well as a member of the research group ‘Humanism – cultures and philosophies’ (https://www.lumsa.it/en/humanism-–-cultures-and-philosophies). My research interests range from comparative literature and cultural studies to continental philosophy, while remaining focused on the notion of vulnerability in philosophical anthropology. I have graduated from a “Crossways in Cultural Narratives” programme at the University of St Andrews (joint programme with Universidade de Santiago de Compostela and Università degli Studi di Bergamo) with a thesis inquiring into the question of identity in the works of Hannah Arendt (entitled “Human Quest for Self-Understanding – Hannah Arendt’s Narrative Identity”). Prior to that, I have completed a joint BA at the Macrofaculty, Foreign Languages and Cultural Studies, major in: English, French and Spanish Studies, at the University of Warsaw. I have spent two semesters at La Sapienza Università degli Studi di Roma at the 3rd year of study as an Erasmus Socrates student.


In my research project I inquire into the philosophical and political importance of human vulnerability and the humanities’ ability to promote it. More specifically, I am interested in examining the way the notion of vulnerability can elucidate debates concerning human emotions, citizenship, arts and humanities, and the way political arrangements address human vulnerabilities. In order to do so, I hope to look into the philosophical anthropology of Martha Nussbaum from the perspective of the tension between the notions of vulnerability, autonomy, and capability implicit in her writings, utilizing the hermeneutical – phenomenological methodology.

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