Andrei Bespalov

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In September 2020 - August 2022 I was a WIRL-COFUND Fellow in the Institute of Advanced Study and the Department of Philosophy at the University of Warwick.

I hold a PhD in political science from Universitat Pompeu Fabra (Barcelona, 2019). In my dissertation I have offered three principled reasons why religious exemptions from generally applicable laws are not publicly justifiable in a liberal democratic society.

I also hold a Candidate of Philosophical Sciences degree in social philosophy from Lomonosov Moscow State University where I taught philosophy in 2004–2015.

My academic research focuses on theories of public reason. Currently I am working on a project titled Skeptical Liberalism — a version of political liberalism that provides the least morally and metaphysically demanding account of liberal democracy.