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Arthur Ghins

Arthur Ghins

Reaching Equilibrium: Christianity and Liberalism in Benjamin Constant and Alexis de Tocqueville

Supervisor: Dr Chris Brooke


Arthur is a PhD Candidate in Politics at the University of Cambridge. The aim of his doctoral dissertation is to determine how 19th century French liberals such as Benjamin Constant (1767-1830) and Alexis de Tocqueville (1805-1859) attempted to reconcile liberalism with Christianity on the basis of the conviction that religion can positively contribute to the life of the polis.

Arthur holds a dual BA in Law and Philosophy from Université Saint-Louis, Brussels (2011), a two-year master in Law from Université Catholique de Louvain (2013), an MA in Philosophy from KU Leuven (2014) and an MSc in Political Theory from LSE (2015). He has worked as an intern for several law firms, a newspaper as well as for the Belgian Federal Public Service Foreign Affairs.

His research is jointly funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council, the Cambridge Trust and the Department of Politics and International Studies (POLIS). He is a Leslie Wilson Scholar at Magdalene College, Cambridge. 

Research Interests

-       Politics and Religion in Modern History of Political Thought

-       French Liberalism

-       Political Theory

-       Political Theology

-       Secularism and Post-Secularism