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Arthur is a PhD candidate in politics at the University of Cambridge. His current research focuses on the way 19th century French liberals sought to redefine the role of religion in the public sphere in the aftermath of the French Revolution. The aim of his doctoral dissertation is to determine how authors 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. 

Other academic interests

Politics and religion in modern political thought; political theology (esp. Carl Schmitt); contemporary debates about secularism and post-secularism; the compatibility of Islam with democratic values.

Department: Politics and International Studies (POLIS)
Supervisor: Dr. Christopher Brooke
College: Magdalene College
AHRC Subject Area: History, Philosophy, Religion and Law
Title of Thesis: ‘Reaching Equilibrium: Liberalism and Christianity in Constant and Tocqueville’
 Arthur  Ghins