M. Eraldo Souza Dos Santos


UFR 10 : Philosophie
ED Philosophie : École doctorale de philosophie
ISJPS : Institut des sciences juridique et philosophique de la Sorbonne (UMR 8103)

À propos de moi

I am a philosopher and historian of political thought.
My research interests include critical theory, the history of political ideas, and the politics of social movements.
I am especially interested in the ways in which political concepts shape public debate. In my dissertation, I aim to offer the first conceptual history of civil disobedience by focusing on the historical process by which it has become a key political concept in the United States. This project has been supported by grants and fellowships from the Académie française, the Maison française d'Oxford, the Munich Centre for Global History, the Kolleg Friedrich Nietzsche der Klassik Stiftung Weimar, and the Coordination for the Improvement of Higher Education Personnel, among others.
I am currently a Ph.D. candidate in Philosophy at Panthéon-Sorbonne University. I have received my B.A. in Philosophy from the University of São Paulo and my M.A. in French and German Philosophy from the Charles University in Prague, the University of Wuppertal, and the University of Bonn as an Erasmus Mundus Scholar. 
I have taught survey courses and seminars at Panthéon-Sorbonne University, Sciences Po Paris, the Charles University in Prague, and the University of Potsdam.


Thèmes de recherche

Civil Disobedience: The History of an Idea, 1866–1971

Over the last half-century, civil disobedience has become a key political concept in the Unites States. The meaning of the phrase, however, has been contested on more than one occasion—from discussions on the radicalism of Occupy Wall Street’s political aims to controversy over the legitimacy of Edward Snowden’s whistleblowing and recent debates about the use of the concept by far-right movements. 
My current research project seeks to contribute to such debates by offering the first conceptual history of civil disobedience. By drawing on both published materials and archival sources from Asia, Europe, and the Americas, I analyze the historical development of the phrase from its use in abolitionist circles in the mid-nineteenth century to its circulation in the British Empire and its eventual appropriation by activists, lawyers, and scholars in the 1960s and 1970s.
My PhD project is the first step toward this broader aim of writing a global intellectual history of civil disobedience. In my dissertation, I reconstruct the historical process by which civil disobedience became a key political concept in the American public debate (1866–1971).

Directeur de Thèse

Jean-François Kervegan



TPLE Anglais (L1, S2) : Autorité et résistance (Knox, Hobbes, Locke et Berkeley)