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John Dunn Prize 2019

last modified Sep 09, 2019 03:11 PM

We are delighted to announce that the John Dunn prize for 2018-19 was shared by Jakob Gomolka and Todd Gillespie.

The John Dunn Prize is awarded for the best dissertation by a final year student and is named after Emeritus Professor John Dunn. 

Jakob Gomolka had this to say about his experience: 'Writing a third year dissertation under the supervision of Dr Tom Hopkins was a very enjoyable opportunity to explore a subject in much greater depth than term time normally allows. Curious about the implications of the emergence of atheism for European political thought, I dove into the history of nineteenth century socialism. What I found in the debates surrounding the writings of philosopher Ludwig Feuerbach was not only a connection between German idealism and Marx but also a historical precedent for questions that bothered me personally: modern disputes about realist political philosophy and intersubjective ethics of recognition. This made me rethink how to read the history of political thought more generally and encourages me to take the time to pursue even seemingly niche interests.'

Todd Gillespie made the following comment on his dissertation: 'I delved into the recent history of the American libertarian movement, its intersection with utopian theory and how this was manifest in the case of the Free State Project. Working on my dissertation has led me to give greater attention to certain aspects, particularly desire and psychology, in the way I consider topics in politics more generally. I'm very grateful for the academic windows opened by my supervisor and the opportunity to take on a dissertation essentially without limits.'