Michele Giavazzi

Postdoctoral Fellow at
LMU University of Munich,
Chair in Philosophy & Political Theory

Welcome to my website.

I am a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Chair in Philosophy & Political Theory of the University of Munich, Germany.

I specialize in political and social philosophy. My research focuses on democratic theory and political epistemology, with a particular focus on epistemic challenges to democratic legitimacy, the ethics of voting, and the responsibilities of democratic citizens.

My work has been published in venues such as Philosophy & Public Affairs and the Journal of Moral Philososophy. Before joining Munich, I was a temporary lecturer at Aberdeen and had other postdoctoral appointments in Warwick and Genoa.

I have a Ph.D. in Philosophy from the University of Warwick, United Kingdom. Before that, I studied for my BA and MA in philosophy at the University of Milan, Italy.

The question at the centre of my research is whether democratic legitimacy requires that citizens are politically competent and able to act as informed decision-makers.

Whereas most democratic theorists either reject this idea on egalitarian grounds or focus exclusively on the impact of citizens’ competence on political outcomes, my project moves past this division by reframing the value of citizens' epistemic competence.

Central to it is the idea that, while legitimate political decision-making requires the joint co-authorship of citizens, the latter cannot be properly fulfilled or achieved unless citizens uphold an epistemically responsible conduct.

During my doctoral and post-doctoral studies, I worked extensively on voting and on the topic of epistocracy, arguing that considerations of civic accountability can legitimize some modest constraints on political participation. I am currently working on a book manuscript on this topic.

Peer-Reviewed Articles

2024: 'Political Equality & Epistemic Constraints on Voting', Philosophy & Public Affairs 52(2): 147-176.

2023: ‘The Epistemic Responsibilities of Voters. Towards an Assertion-based Account’, Journal of Moral Philosophy 20(1): 111-131.

2022: with Z. Kapelner ‘The State’s Duty to Foster Voter Competence’, Episteme, 1–14.

Work in Progress / Under Review

A paper on joint action and voting

A paper on respect and epistemic responsibility in the ethics of democracy

A paper on public disinformation and legitimacy

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