Caleb Hamman

Political Theory

Curriculum Vitae

Caleb Hamman is a Ph.D. Candidate at the University of Notre Dame. His research and teaching interests span political theory, international relations, and peace and conflict studies. He specializes in the history of political thought, particularly in political existentialism, critical theory, and theories of violence and human flourishing. He has abiding interests in art and aesthetics, gender and sexuality, and issues of contemplation and action, human experience, and inner peace. He is conversant in ancient, early modern, late modern, and contemporary political thought, with special interest in nineteenth and twentieth century continental thought, particularly Nietzsche, Heidegger, Foucault, Hannah Arendt, and the Frankfurt School. Themes of interest here include power and marginalization, capitalism, modernity, the politics of technology, and the cultivation of the self.

His dissertation is a philosophico-historical investigation of the place of the soldier in Western political life. It seeks to understand the political relevance of the soldier as it evolves from antiquity to the present. Drawing upon figures such as Homer and Thucydides; Machiavelli and Clausewitz; Carl Schmitt and Ernst Jünger; and Tocqueville and Judith Shklar he argues that the soldier’s relation to politics has shifted from a fundamental concern with the pursuit of glory (beginning in ancient Greece); to an instrumentalization of the soldier (in modernizing Europe); to the pursuit of political and existential meaning (the fascist period); to a concern with the infliction of psychological and spiritual harm, i.e., combat trauma (the contemporary American soldier).

He completed his B.A. in Political Science and Philosophy at Butler University (2011), and he holds an M.A. from the School of History and Anthropology, Queen’s University Belfast (2013). He is former US-UK Fulbright Scholar (2011-2012), and he is a recipient of a Presidential Fellowship from the University of Notre Dame.

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