Irakli Dekanozishvili

  • BA Studies: Philosophy, Ilia State University (ISU), School of Arts and Sciences, from 2012 to 2015, Title of bachelor thesis: “The Refutation of Subjective Idealism in Kant’s Second Edition of the Critique of Pure Reason”
  • MA Studies: Philosophy (Focus on Modern Political Philosophy), Charles University of Prague (CZ), Catholic University of Louvain (BE), University of Toulouse II (FR), from 2016 to 2018, Title of master thesis: “The Principle of Governmentality and the Modern State: Hegel and Foucault on Political Rationality”
  • Research Assistant, Savle Tsereteli Institute of Philosophy, since 02/2019
  • Member of the Editorial Board of the Philosophical Revue AUC Interpretationes, Charles University of Prague (CZ), since 03/2017
  • Invited Teacher, Academic Assistant, Ilia State University (ISU), School of Arts and Sciences, since 10/2015

“Recognition as a Principle of Deliberative Democracy: From the Moral Grammar of Social Conflicts to Modern Politics of Identity”

In recent years deliberative model of democracy has been progressively proposed as one of the most capable alternatives to fix problems which liberal democracies in majority of western countries were facing. Various governments in Europe decided to implement new policies and rules to institutionalise new approaches of deliberative democracy. The main purpose of these transformations was to somehow increase a number of civil activities in decision-making processes and to expand citizen participation beyond the right to vote. Thus, citizens were not only offered, but asked to directly become involved in the administration, management, control and implementation of public policy. As a result, governments were expecting out of these democratic innovations to enable citizens to express their opinions and preferences directly without any attachment to any political party or institution. Citizens were basically supposed to intervene in governing their own countries and to take responsibilities over their decisions. This renewed formulation of participatory democracy was based on mutual communication and recognition of one’s personal autonomy and point of view through discourse-theoretic models of relationship. Despite, all ambivalent empirical outcomes and limits of such model of democracy, deliberation with its consensus-based government seems to be the primary source of legitimacy for the law.

  • Critical Transversality and Minority Issues, University of Toulouse II, May 2019.
  • International Conference on German and French Phenomenology, The EuroPhilosophie Programme, Catholic University of Louvain, Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium, February 2018.
  • International Conference on German Critical Thought, University of Wuppertal, Wuppertal, Germany, February 2017.
  • 5th Global Politics Youth Forum in Prague, Czech Republic, March 2016.
  • European Values for Post-Soviet Countries, Goethe Institute Tbilisi, Tbilisi Georgia, September 2014.
  • Academic achievement Award from the Catholic University of Louvain (BE) (A distinction given to those students with the best performance of their generation), 06/2018.
  • European Commission’s Full Grant to Pursue two-year Master Studies in German and French Philosophy, from 2016 to 2018.
  • Short-term Exchange Grant at the University of Bonn, Faculty Humanities, financed by DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service), 08/2016.

“It’s an honor to be a part of an international interdisciplinary structured doctoral program “Democracy, Human Rights and Religion” between the Ilia State University (ISU) and the University of Münster (WWU). This program enables doctoral students and young researchers to deepen their academic path and to form a solid research-based knowledge in collaboration with international experts and other academics. For me personally, it means a lot to be able to work on my research project from the interdisciplinary perspective where I can consult and share different opinions from different fields. All the big questions we need to solve nowadays could only be faced through such kind of an approach. Empirical analysis in combination with theoretical framework and multilateral epistemological investigation could ideally evaluate any kind of data and outcome from any kind of discipline. Therefore I am convinced that, due to the fact that this program offers us the exact same model, any research taken in this frame would have an enormous impact both in academia and in society”.