Philosophy at St Andrews

Vladimiros Dagkas-Tsoukalas

PhD student

Vladimiros Dagkas-Tsoukalas

Thesis: Epistemic Theories of Justice, Liberalism, Political Equality

Supervisors: Rowan Cruft and Ben Sachs

Nationality: Greek

Email: vdt@st-andrews.ac.uk

Research

Degrees

MEng Electrical Engineering (Imperial 2009), MA Philosophy (UCL 2010) 

 Research

Disagreement amongst equally competent agents about the content of justice poses a particular problem to the conclusiveness of theories that defend a particular conception of justice. Instead of putting forward yet another conception of justice, epistemic theories focus on our ability to attain knowledge about justice given the fact of disagreement. Hence, epistemic theories identify political systems that maximize the chances of producing just decisions. Most theorists believe that epistemic theorising about justice commits us to liberal democracy. In my thesis, I argue instead that epistemic theorising commits us to a form of government that is non-egalitarian (i.e. sovereign power is not vested in every citizen equally), meritocratic, and liberal. The said form of government also values democratic voting as a safety check on the power of experts.

 

Other Philosophical Interests

Positive and Negative Freedom; Distributive Justice

 

Extramural interests

Travel, wind-surfing, trekking, running, horse riding

 


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