The Section for Philosophy houses a diverse variety of research in philosophy, much of which in collaboration with fields such as psychiatry, psychology, political science, bioscience, computer science, economics, history, classics, literature, law and theology. The Section for Philosophy is collaborating with CFS and CIBS, and their research is partly overlapping.
The research groups and the researchers in the Section for Philosophy regularly publish in leading international journals and publishing houses, in areas such as philosophy of mind, phenomenology, social epistemology, political philosophy, bioethics, medical ethics, history of philosophy and philosophy of science.
Overall, the section has three research areas,practical philosophy, theoretical philosophy and history of philosophy, and they are organized in three research groups:
The group convenes staff, PhD-students, post.docs and students from the section and from the philosophical community in Denmark, and covers areas in practical philosophy, spanning from political theory to bioethics. Specific topics of interest are equality, discrimination, democracy, migration, pluralism, exploitation, moral epistemology as well as a range of questions in bioethics and medical ethics. The group organizes seminars, guest lectures and meets bi-weekly.
Contact: Morten Ebbe Juul Nielsen
Theoretical philosophy traditionally covers epistemology, philosophy of mind, philosophy of science, philosophy of language and metaphysics. The group’s research focuses on philosophy of mind, philosophy of action, the problem of free will, explanation and models in cognitive science, as well as a range of problems in social epistemology. The group regularly convenes reading groups and workshops.
Contact: Thor Grünbaum
History of philosophy
History of philosophy covers the period from 600 BC until the present time. Current research focuses on two periods, ancient Greek philosophy and early modern philosophy. In ancient philosophy, there is a particular focus on ethical and political theories in Plato and Aristotle. In early modern philosophy the emphasis is on theories of emotion and on female philosophers from 17th century. In addition, the group has an interest in overarching questions on the method of history of philosophy. The group regularly hosts workshops.
Archeology of the Female Intellectual Identity (AFII)
Funding: Independent Research Fund Denmark
Project period: November 1 2019 – October 31 2022
Contact: Sabrina Ebbersmeyer
Convergent ethics and ethics of controversy (CEEC)
Funding: Novo Nordisk Foundation
Project period: February 1 2018 – January 31, 2021
Contact: Klemens Kappel
RESPOND. Multi-level governance of mass migration in Europe and beyond.
Funding: European Union Horizon 2020 Research Programme
Project duration: December 1 2017 - November 1 2020
Contact: Nils Holtug
|Andersen, Annika||Research assistant||+45 353-33982|
|Catana, Leo||Associate professor||+45 353-28877|
|Christiansen, Andreas||Postdoc||+45 61 69 86 66|
|Ebbersmeyer, Sabrina||Associate professor||+45 353-28861|
|Grünbaum, Thor||Associate professor||+45 353-28857|
|Hallsson, Bjørn Gunnar||Postdoc||+45 353-36968|
|Heape, Alexander||Postdoc||+45 353-34590|
|Holtug, Nils||Professor||+45 353-28881|
|Kongsholm, Nana Cecilie Halmsted||Postdoc||+45 353-29188|
|Mann, Sebastian Porsdam||Postdoc||+45 353-35255|
|Nielsen, Morten Ebbe Juul||Associate professor||+45 353-28922|
|Olesen, Søren Gosvig||Associate professor||+45 353-28894|