The Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation has announced the names of the 13 recipients of doctoral scholarships from its leadership program. Among them is Alexandre Petitclerc, a philosophy student at the University of Montreal. From 2022 to 2025, he and his colleagues will benefit from personalized leadership training and a mentoring program, in addition to having access to a wide range of educational resources. They will also be paid two annual stipends: one of up to $40,000 to cover tuition and living expenses, the other to cover costs related to research, language learning, networking and travel, up to $20,000.
Holder of a master’s degree in philosophy and a bachelor’s degree in political science and philosophy, Alexandre Petitclerc is particularly interested in the consequences of socio-economic inequalities on access to rights and civil liberties. Under the direction of political philosophy professor at UdeM Christian Nadeau, he is working on his thesis entitled “Social rights: interdependence and responsibility”, where he examines the need to conceive the normative autonomy of social rights. “The objective of my research is to establish that social rights play a necessary and independent role for access to civil rights and freedoms,” he says. Nowadays, social rights are explained either in relation to individual rights or with reference to fundamental rights. My project is thus to defend a theory of social rights that would go beyond this alternative.
He mentions that his thesis is in perfect continuity with the scientific theme selected by the Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation for his cohort’s leadership program scholarships, namely the interdisciplinary dimensions of global economies. “Since the approach I use in political philosophy is both descriptive and normative, it is essential to take contemporary dynamics of global economies seriously to see how current theories can respond to the challenges these dynamics pose. he. My research therefore aims to show that the increase in inequalities on a global scale justifies the establishment of an institutional management of social rights outside the existing international frameworks.
Advocating a multidisciplinary approach, at the crossroads of philosophy, social sciences and law, he has been involved for several years with various student associations and community groups in order to advance the cause of social justice and equal opportunity. . “The contemporary world is facing unprecedented inequalities on several fronts,” he admits. Whether on the economic, migratory or environmental levels, it will be necessary to work to make this world a fairer land for all those who live there.” Very active in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences, he recently obtained one of his Fellows HORizon Louis Gagnon scholarships. Worth $24,000, it will allow him to develop a course on the theme “A roof for all and all for a roof: how to reconcile the human, material, environmental, economic, ethical and technological challenges to provide housing decent to everyone?”, which he will give in the summer of 2023 to undergraduate students.