Heidi Dorudi, Master of Arts in Philosophy

philosopher | feminist | writer | public speaker | project manager | co-founder of the FAV

Nineteen years of self-employment as a business consultant have given me the opportunity to thoroughly get to know a vast variety of national and international organizations and businesses. A growing awareness of the way the majority of the business world is dealing with their responsibilities for big and urgent contemporary issues — such as inequality and climate change — has instigated me to take the step towards a radical career change: in 2009 I started to study philosophy at the University of Amsterdam. In July 2015 I successfully defended my master thesis about the metaphysics in Hannah Arendt’s thinking. At this moment I am writing my first book in Dutch titled Metafysica en Kritiek bij Hannah Arendt: Over de mogelijkheid van vrijheid en verantwoordelijkheid in het politieke handelen.

Looking back at my determination to study philosophy, it most certainly has been one of the best decisions of my life. It has left me with important life-experiences that do not have any monetary or material value, but on the contrary have enriched my life with the intrinsic value of meaning.

It is this intrinsic value of meaning that I wish to share with the world, and I do so with this personal blog. Dorudi.nl is one of the vehicles that I have at my disposal to publish my thoughts, to widen and share my perspective, to let my voice be heard in the world that all of us create and shape each and every single day.

The four categories of this website reflect the main topics of my thought and engagement in the world.

Philosophy for me is all about thinking and thus about finding meaning in the world’s phenomena as well as in the finite human life.

Critical Thinking is about sovereignty and sapere aude: daring to know — or daring to be wise — by knowing-not-to-know, by constantly examining our own prejudices, by putting them on trial, by testing them against a criterion that is bigger than us, and thus transforming them into a tested judgement.

Intersectionality refers to a certain view of the political movement also known as feminism. As a woman my personal life is constantly determined, and often barricaded, by the traditional images of the feminine. These barricades are the myths of ‘Woman’. I fight these mythical representations of women, because although they are wildley held, they represent the false belief, or idea, that half of the world’s population is less capable in understanding the world, taking decisions, and having visions, than the other half, and therefore needs to be dominated.

Thought Shadows are the beginnings of my thoughts. They are the first steps into the process of putting my prejudices on trial.