Margot Kuylen

Fixed Term Teacher (PY453)
School of Philosophy and Art History
Graduate Teaching Assistant
Department of Psychosocial and Psychoanalytic Studies
Postgraduate Research Student
Department of Philosophy
 Margot Kuylen



Final year PhD student in Philosophy, working on the structures of agency in self-oppression. Project Officer for the Essex Autonomy Project. GTA for the Department of Psychosocial and Psychoanalytic Studies.


  • MA in Philosophy University of Essex (2015)

  • BA in Philosophy University of Antwerp (2014)

Research and professional activities


Hyperkrasia: Structures of Agency in Self-Oppression

My doctoral thesis aims to investigate the structures of agency at work in self-oppression. In doing so, it draws on, but also formulates some challenges to, Aristotle's philosophy of action, Self-Determination Theory, and the works of Michel Foucault. Pairing a conceptual approach to the question of self-oppression with a more empirical approach, the thesis concludes with a case study on experiences of agency and self-oppression in anorexia nervosa.

Supervisor: Wayne Martin

Research interests

Aristotle's philosophy of action

The philosophy of agency

Personal autonomy

Michel Foucault

Philosophy of psychiatry

Tragic theory

Analytical philosophy

Philosophy of Psychology



Colchester Campus

Working pattern:

Office 5B.123 (Colchester Campus)