Enzo Rossi

Principal Investigator

I’m an associate professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of Amsterdam, the co-editor of the European Journal of Political Theory, and the principal investigator of the Dutch National Science Organisation Vidi project ‘Legitimacy Beyond Consent’ (2016-2021). My PhD is in philosophy, from the University of St Andrews. My main current project is a realist critical theory of legitimacy. This stems from the intersection of a number of interests: (i) methodological issues in political theory, e.g. realism vs moralism and, relatedly but separately, ideal vs non-ideal theory; (ii) the historical development of liberal ideology; (iii) the normative status of political authority; (iv) the accommodation of diversity. More generally, I’m concerned with the relationship between the descriptive and the normative study of society.

Gordon Arlen

Postdoctoral Researcher

I am currently a postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Political Science at the University of Amsterdam.  I recently received my PhD in Political Science from the University of Chicago. My interests range widely in the history of political thought, contemporary democratic theory, American political thought, global justice, and normative perspectives on political economy. My book manuscript project, tentatively entitled Oligarchs Among Us, provides a historically informed theorization and critique of oligarchic power in contemporary democracies.  My work has appeared in the European Journal of Political Theory, Polity, and Inquiry.

Paul Raekstad

Postdoctoral Researcher

I work on methodological questions in political philosophy and theory (especially realism and utopianism), democracy, future economic institutions, and how to bring them about. I also have particular interests in critical theory, the history of ideas, Marxism, an anarchism. I completed my PhD at Cambridge in 2016. My work has appeared in Archiv für Geschichte der Philosophie, Constellations, European Journal of Philosophy, European Journal of Political Theory, and other venues.

Uğur Aytaç

PhD Candidate

I am a PhD candidate in political theory at the University of Amsterdam. I received my BA in philosophy & economics from Boğaziçi University and my MA in philosophy & economics from the University of Bayreuth. My research interests lie primarily in methodological debates in political theory, legitimacy of political authority, depoliticization, and normative aspects of economic institutions. My secondary interests include moral philosophy, social theory, and epistemology.

Visiting Researchers

Carlo Burelli

Visiting Postdoctoral Researcher

I am a post-doctoral researcher at the University of Eastern Piedmont, and Guest Researcher at the Goethe University in Frankfurt. I work at the intersection of political theory and political science, as my research is broadly interested in clarifying what can (and should) hold together today’s large and conflictual societies. This vast question led me to cross various debates: utopian and realist political theory, theories of justice and theories of legitimacy, solidarity and equality in contemporary political societies. My work has appeared in the Journal of Common Market Studies, Philosophy and Society, Politeia, and elsewhere.

Janosch Prinz

Visiting Postdoctoral Reseacher

I am a Leverhulme Early Career Fellow at the University of East Anglia. My main research interest is the nature and public value of (realist) political theory and social philosophy. My fellowship aims at developing an approach to democratic legitimacy which brings together normative and ethnographic approaches. My work has appeared in Philosophy and Social Criticism, Critical Review of International Political and Social Philosophy, Polity, and Geoforum.