António Luís Silva Baptista

Academic degree:

Professional category:
Investigador Integrado

Research group(s):
Teoria Política


Phone: 968114240

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CiênciaVitae: 7012-D768-C6CA

Institutional address:

Universidade do Minho
Instituto de Letras e Ciências Humanas
Campus de Gualtar
4710-057 Braga

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Dr. António Baptista received his PH.D Summa Cum Laude in Political Theory from the University of Lisbon in 2013 with the thesis “Isocracy: Foundations, Principles and Consequences of the Democratic Ideal”. Previously, he had obtained a Master’s degree in Comparative Politics/Political Science from the Institute of Social Sciences of University of Lisbon (ICS-UL) and a Law Degree (B.A.) from Lisbon’s Nova Law School (FDUNL). From February 2014 to February 2016, he worked as a post-doctoral researcher at the University of São Paulo (USP) on the topic of theories of representation and the notion of political legitimacy, during which time we was the recipient of a post-doctoral fellowship (funded by the Brazilian higher research entity, CAPES). He has published several articles on representation, property-owning democracy and law in different journals and received the “Special Award Análise Social – FLAD” for his article “democracia e representação democrática” (best article by a young researcher in 2011).    
As of February 2019 he is a junior researcher at Minho University and full member of the CEPS-UM research group. 
While his long-standing and main research interests have been, among others, Democratic Theory, Political Equality, Distributive justice and Luck Egalitarianism, his research will now focus on Human Rights, Cosmopolitanism and the reforming of the Legal International Order. As the unipolar world of the post-cold war era seems to be waning with the emergence of new powers and the (still moderate) decline of US hegemony, and the rising of new global problems (mass migration, climate change, international terrorist networks, growing militarization and military tension, as well as renewed secessionist tendencies within formerly stable nation-states), it is fundamental to re-assess the philosophical conundrums and proposed solutions to issues of human rights, (legitimate) interventionism and the reforming of international institutions. It is important that this reflection, unlike what happens in much of the existing literature, does not abstract too much from or ignore the real world complexities of existing international relations. On the other hand, it must also avoid addressing the most immediate “pressing issues” of the day (e.g., humanitarian crises and mass migrations) in an isolated fashion. Rather, a sound and “non-ideal” theory of international justice ought to take a more holistic approach, connecting these specific problems to other issues intrinsically related with them (globalization, neoliberal policies, unbridled military, political and economic interventionism) and with the real international order, as well as taking in consideration both the root causes of those problems and the various probable consequences of each of the proposed solutions.

Research interests:

Teoria Democrática, Teoria Política, Direitos Humanos.


Doutorado em Teoria Política



  • Baptista, A. e Silva C. (2019), A efetividade dos direitos sociais à luz do paradigma neoconstitucional, Revista da Faculdade de Direito da UERJ, 35, pp. 78-113.
  • Baptista, A. (2019). Transition to Socialism, Deliberative Equality and Constitutional Essentials . Ethical Perspectives, 26(2), 338–342. Retrieved from
  • BAPTISTA, António (2018). A liberdade em Polanyi. Análise Social. liii (4.º), (n.º 229), pp. 832-868.
  • Baptista, A., Silva, Carolina (2018), O tratamento das omissões inconstitucionais no âmbito dos direitos fundamentais sociais em Portugal e no Brasil, Lisbon Law Review, LVIX(2), 193-234.
  • Baptista, António e Teixeira, Pedro (2018). Hayek and Polanyi for the 21st century – an introduction. in Ethics, Politics and Society, Nº1, pp.279-304
  • Baptista, António & Merrill, Roberto (2015). Introduction to Property Owning Democracy. Diacritica, vol. 29/2, pp. 9-28
  • Baptista, António (2015). What is democratic about property-owning democracy. Diacritica, Vol. 29/2, pp.109-129
  • BAPTISTA, ANTÓNIO (2010). Democracia e representação democrática. Análise Social, XLV (196), pp. 491-514
  • Baptista, António. (2006). A Crítica de Cohen a Dworkin. Themis, ano VII, nº12, pp. 87-96.

Other publications

  • BAPTISTA, António (2016). Review of the book The Power of Market Fundamentalism. Karl Polanyi’s Critique by Richard Block & Margaret R. Sommers.  Análise Social, Vol. LI (4.º), 221), pp. 1020-1024.

Organização de eventos

Participação em eventos

  • Colóquio/Congresso

    António Baptista (2018).'The Anti-federalists as populists avant-la-lettre? Radicalism and compromise in the early years of the American Independence'. In 'III Braga Colloquium in the History of Moral and Political Philosophy', February 2 2018, CEHUM, Braga, Portugal.

  • Seminário (Por convite)

    Respondent to key-note speaker's (Alan Thomas) lecture 'Property Owning Democracy and the “End of Normal”'. In 'Conference on "Republic of Equals": Predistribution and Property-owning Democracy”. October 24, 2016. CEHUM/Universidade do Minho, Braga, Portugal

  • Colóquio/Congresso

    António Baptista (2018). 'Representative claims and the deliberative dimension of democracy'. In 'II Encontro Internacional Participação, Democracia e Políticas Públicas', April 28 2015, IFCH/Campinas, Campinas, SãoPaulo, Brasil.

  • Curso breve/Workshop (Por convite)

    António Baptista (2014), 'Representação política e teorias da democracia' (08 e 09/05/2014). In 'I Workshop de teoria política' ,PPCIS – UERJ, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil