Andrius Bielskis is a political philosopher interested in contemporary Aristotelianism and its appropriation for the philosophical critique of capitalism, and he is one of the leading public intellectuals in Lithuania. Previously, he was Professor at ISM University of Management and Economics. He received his MA in Political Philosophy from the University of York and his PhD in Philosophy from the University of Warwick, and has taught political and moral philosophy at several British and European universities. He is the author of numerous scholarly articles and books including 'Towards a Postmodern Understanding of the Political' (Palgrave, 2005) and 'The Unholy Sacrament. Ideology, Faith, and the Politics of Emancipation' (Demos, 2014), 'On the Meaning of Philosophy and Art' (MRU, 2015) and co-editor of 'Virtue and Economy: Essays of Morality and Markets' (Ashgate, 2015), 'Debating with the Lithuanian New Left: Terry Eagleton, Joel Bakan, Alex Demirovic, Ulrich Brand' (Demos, 2014), 'Democracy without Labour Movement?' (Demos, 2009). Andrius is a founding member both of the progressive intellectual and political movement New Left 95 and of the DEMOS Institute of Critical Thought. He also writes political commentaries for different internet news portals in Lithuania. His research focuses on the utilization of virtue ethics in constructing an alternative political, economic and institutional order in our post-modern world. Being also interested in the visual arts (especially film) and their impact on our perception of ourselves and the world, he is operationalizing a “genealogy of kitsch” in relating cultural forms to consumer capitalism. Currently he is conducting research on Aristotle’s teleology and natural inequalities, especially focusing Aristotle’s notorious conception of natural slavery.
Areas of Research / Professional Expertise
Political Philosophy, Aristotle, Aristotelian Philosophy (especially Alasdair MacIntyre’s thought), Postmodern Political Theory, Aesthetics and Visual Arts, Marx and Neo-Marxism