Margot Kuylen

Graduate Teaching Assistant
Department of Psychosocial and Psychoanalytic Studies
 Margot Kuylen
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    6.144, Colchester Campus



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

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6.144, Colchester Campus

Working pattern:

Office 5B.123 (Colchester Campus)