Paola Romero

Paola Romero

PhD Candidate

Department of Government

About me

Thesis: Political Willing in Kant

My thesis offers a systematic account of the role of conflict in Kant’s theory of political willing. Assuming political life as a sphere animated by hostility, I analyse the different ways Kant sought to go about this brute fact of animosity, and the solutions he proposed to the problem of human interaction. This solution for Kant must involve the possibility of willing that my freedom stands in co-existence with your freedom. Ultimately for Kant, the possibility of political life depends on an account of the human will in its lawful relation to others.

Supervisor: Katrin Flikschuh

Research interests

  • Kant’s political and moral philosophy
  • Thomas Hobbes
  • Carl Schmitt
  • History of political thought

Selected publications

  • Romero, P. (2017) ‘Kant and Hegel: Revolution and the Politics of Fear’ Hegel-Jahrbuch, pp. 306-364.
  • Romero, P. (2015)’Kant’s Response to Revolution as Crisis: An Exception to Koselleck’s Thesis’ Studia Philosophica, Vol. 74, pp. 149-163.
  • Romero, P. (2015) ‘Estudio del Absurdo en El Mito de Sisifo de Albert Camus’ Anales, Vol. 15, No 1, pp. 71-93.

Teaching record

  • Political Philosophy II: King’s College London
  • Key Themes in Political Thought: London School of Economics
  • Kant’s Moral Philosophy: King’s College London