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Arthur Ghins

Arthur Ghins

‘Benjamin Constant, the French Revolution and the Liberal Utopia.'

Supervisor: Dr Chris Brooke


I am a PhD candidate in political theory at the University of Cambridge. My doctoral dissertation reassesses Benjamin Constant's intellectual itinerary and his theory of liberalism by looking at his ideas about public opinion and political economy, as well as his engagement with late Enlightenment figures (the Physiocrats, Turgot, Condorcet, Sieyès, Godwin). 

I hold graduate degrees from KU Leuven (Belgium) and LSE. I have been a visiting researcher at SciencesPo Paris (CEVIPOF). 

My research interests include History of Modern Political Thought, Political Theory, French Liberalism (Montesquieu, Constant, Madame de Staël, Guizot, Tocqueville), Republicanism, the Political Philosophy of the Enlightenment and Politics and Religion.

Key Publications

'Benjamin Constant on Public Opinion.' History of Political Thought. Forthcoming.

‘Benjamin Constant and the Politics of Reason’ . History of European Ideas, 44 (2), 2018, pp. 224-243.