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U. (Uğur) Aytaç

Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences
WP Groep: Docenten Politicologie

Visiting address
  • Nieuwe Achtergracht 166
  • Room number: B10.01
Postal address
  • Postbus 15578
    1001 NB Amsterdam
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  • About

    I am a PhD candidate in political theory at the University of Amsterdam. I received my BAs in philosophy & economics from Bogazici University and my MA in philosophy & economics from the University of Bayreuth. My research interests lie primarily in political realism, legitimacy, power & domination, democracy, ideology critique in analytic philosophy, and agonistic theory.

  • Publications

    Peer-reviewed Article:

    • ‘Political Realism and Epistemic Constraints’, forthcoming in Social Theory and Practice
    • ‘On the Limits of the Political: The Problem of Overly Permissive Pluralism in Mouffe’s Agonism’, Constellations, available at:
    • ‘Two Conceptions of Legitimacy: A Response to Fabian Wendt’s Moralist Critique of Political Realism’, Kriterion – Journal of Philosophy, 31(3), (2017), pp. 57-76

    Book Review:

    • 10% Less Democracy: Why You Should Trust Elites A Little More and the Masses A Little Less, Garett Jones. Stanford University Press, 2020. In: Democratic Theory, 8(1), 2021, pp. 128-132. 
    • Private Government: How Employers Rule Our Lives (and Why We Don't Talk about It) Elizabeth Anderson. Princeton University Press, 2017. In: International Dialogue: A Multidisciplinary Journal of World Affairs, 8, (2018), pp. 77-84.

    Under Review:

    • Ideology Critique without Moralism (with Enzo Rossi)
    • Global Political Legitimacy and the Structural Power of Capital: A Radical Realist Account

    Work in Progress:

    • Social Media: Public Sphere or Arena of Agonistic Competition?
    • Digital Domination: Social Media and Contestatory Democracy
    • Democratic Legitimacy, Political Realism, and Social Media
    • Agonistic Theory, Left Populism, and Prefigurative Politics
    • A Transformative Conception of Institutional Legitimacy (with Paul Raekstad)
  • Other Affiliations
    • Co-founder of Bogazici Political Economy Society 2011-2014
    • Amsterdam Center for Political Thought 2018-present
    • OZSW Peer-review Circle in Practical Philosophy 2018-present
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    Media appearance


    • Aytac, U. (organiser), Schaafsma, G. (organiser), Klarenbeek, L. M. (organiser) & Thinius, A. (organiser) (23-5-2019 - 24-5-2019). Amsterdam Graduate Conference in Political Theory 2019, Amsterdam (organising a conference, workshop, ...).


    • Aytaç, U. (2021). Alternatives to moralism: Political realist essays on power and legitimation. [details]
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