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Dmitri Safronov

Dmitri Safronov

Supervisor: Dr. Harald Wydra

Thesis Title: Towards a Nietzschean Critique of the Capitalist [Debt] Economy

Research Interests

Ontological and epistemological cross-sections in the study of modernity as shaped by capitalism’s impact on the human condition. I am particularly interested in researching the inter-disciplinary aspects of the broadly defined discourse on modernity as explored in the ‘timeless’ works of Marx, Kierkegaard, Nietzsche, Simmel, Weber, Schumpeter, Heidegger, Arendt, Cassirer and Wittgenstein.


My premise is that a meaningful inquiry into the human condition can be advanced only by means of a cross-disciplinary approach that transcends the imaginary boundaries between the disciplines of philosophy, sociology, history, politics, international relations, economic theory and the natural sciences (physics and biology, in particular). Such approach would, in my view, shed a new and much needed critical light on the multiple and enduring intellectual and ethical puzzles and paradoxes of modernity.


In this regard, a particular area of [current] focus is on developing a critical appreciation of the  [political] economic dimensions in the works of Nietzsche [and elaborated by Derrida, Foucault and Deleuze] with a view to developing an alternative interpretation of the political economy of modernity vis-a-vis the prevailing analytical frameworks and schools of economic thought.

Dmitri holds a M.Sc. from the London School of Economics and prior to matriculating at Cambridge, he spent over 20 years in the City of London, working for the leading global investment banking franchises.