Wanpat Youngmevittaya

Research title

Neutrality, State, and Religion

Research summary

Research Title


Neutrality, State, and Religion


Research Summary


It is widely held by liberals that the secular state, where all controversial religious issues are excluded from the political sphere, is the best solution to the relationship between the state and religions. My research, which is inspired by the philosophy of Michael J. Sandel, aims to examine the credibility and possibility of the secular state. If it is the case, as Sandel has argued, that the state could not and should not blanket controversial religious issues, then the question would be “what should be the relationship between the state and religion?” I aim to answer this question by exploiting Sandel's philosophy as a guidance. 

Research Interests

  • Political Theory

  • Theories of Justice

  • Distributive Justice

  • The Liberal-Communitarian Debate




Youngmevittaya, W. (2016a). Justice and the Public Sphere: A Critique of John Rawls' Political Liberalism. Prajna Vihara Journal of Philosophy and Religion, 17(2), 79-120 (http://www.assumptionjournal.au.edu/index.php/PrajnaVihara/article/view/2352/1753)

Youngmevittaya, W. (2016b). Rational Choice Theory and Voter Turnout: Models and Problems of a D Term. Thammasat Review, 19(2), 63-88 (https://www.tci-thaijo.org/index.php/tureview/article/view/105434)

Youngmevittaya, W. (2016c). Ethics, Freedom, and Capitalism: A Critical Account of Marxism and Libertarianism. Journal of Social Sciences, Naresuan University, 12(2), 71-111 (http://www.jssnu.socsci.nu.ac.th/uploads/journal/2559_12-2_e9914e0b396271c1b5c5318dde7320cd.pdf)

















Additional information

Before coming to Glasgow, I did my Bachelor's Degree (First Class Honors) in Economics (Major: Economic Theory and Research) at the University of the Thai Chamber of Commerce, Thailand (2013). Then, I received two Master's Degrees from the UK: MA in Politics at the University of Essex (2014), and MA (Merit) in Philosophy, Politics and Economics (PPE) at the University of York (2016).