Department of
Philosophy and History of Ideas


Both Philosophy and the History of Ideas are concerned with the thoughts and ideas that have marked the Western world from antiquity to the present day. The focus of Philosophy is primarily on a systematic perspective that seeks to identify the bases for our various practices and concepts. The focus of the History of Ideas is primarily on a historical perspective that aims at revealing our intellectual heritage. We can thus say that Philosophy is concerned with the validity of our various concepts whereas the History of Ideas is more concerned with which concepts have been – and in some cases still are – considered valid.

In this respect, both Philosophy and the History of Ideas are interdisciplinary in their focus, but while the History of Ideas explores the relations between many different fields and disciplines, it is characteristic of Philosophy that it addresses the fundamental questions that precede any division into fields and disciplines.

Research environment

The academic environment in Philosophy and the History of Ideas at Aarhus University is the largest of its type in Denmark and – especially because of the productive tension between the systematic and historical perspectives – the research conducted is characterised by an undogmatic and open-minded worldview. The researchers are thus involved in a variety of interdisciplinary projects both within and outside the Faculty of Arts.

Degree programmes

Bachelor's and Master's degree programmes as well as a number of electives are offered in both Philosophy and the History of Ideas.

Academic staff

Name Job title Email Phone Building
Andersen, Casper Associate professor +4587162893 1465, 626
Bek-Thomsen, Jakob Associate professor, research programme director +4587162285 1465, 624
Bjerring, Jens Christian Krarup Assistant Professor +4587162861 1467, 621
Brock, Steen Associate professor +4587162265 1467, 523
Busch, Jacob Associate professor 1467, 630
Christiansen, Christian O. Associate professor +4587162278 1465, 525
Cockburn, Patrick Joseph Research Assistant +4587162335 1465, 520
Dige, Morten Associate professor +4587162263 1467, 525
Dyring, Rasmus Assistant Professor +4551788292 1465, 526
Eriksen, Cecilie Postdoc +4587162249 1467, 530
Fabian, Louise Associate professor +4587162658 1465, 628
Fink, Hans Emeritus +4526177213 1467, 528
Gundersen, Lars Bo Associate professor +4587162274 1465, 615
Holm, Andreas Beck Associate professor +4587162294 1467, 625
Husted, Jørgen +4529465350
Jensen, Uffe Juul Professor +4520227691 1465, 430
Jeppesen, Morten Haugaard Associate professor +4587162268 1467, 626
Jørgensen, Dorthe Associate professor +4587162284 1465, 623
Kreis, Guido Associate professor +4587162136 1467, 624
Kristensen, Jacob Bo Lautrup Postdoc +4587162526 1467, 420
Laursen, Henning Høgh
Mathiasen, Mia Krogager Research Assistant
Morsing, Ole Emeritus +4526173478
Munk, Karen Associate professor +4587162247 1465, 418
Nørskov, Marco Associate professor +4587162821 1467, 619
Olesen, Anne Marie Research Assistant +4587162261 1467, 628
Rasmussen, Anders Moe Associate professor +4587162281 1467, 526
Rodogno, Raffaele Associate professor, research programme director +4587162259 1467, 521
Schanz, Hans-Jørgen Professor Emeritus +4521244605
Seibt, Johanna Professor
Selbing, Ida Cecilia Assistant Professor +4587162905 1483, 323
Sholl, Jonathan Assistant Professor 1465, 428
Steglich-Petersen, Asbjørn Professor +4561718439
Sørensen, Peter Aaboe Teaching Assistant Professor +4587162252 1465, 620
Thorup, Mikkel Professor with Special Responsibilities +4587162253 1465, 622
Varga, Somogy
Vestergaard, Christina Postdoc 1467, 617
Wentzer, Thomas Schwarz Professor with Special Responsibilities 1467, 623


2019.02.07 | Filosofi og Idéhistorie

Andreas Beyer Gregersen – New PhD student at the department for Philosophy and History of Ideas

Andreas Beyer Gregersen is writing a PhD about the concept of civility in social and political philosophy. He holds both a Master’s and a Bachelor’s degree in Applied Philosophy from Aalborg University.

2019.01.17 | Filosofi og Idéhistorie

Ludvig Goldschmidt Pedersen - New PhD student at the department for Philosophy and History of Ideas

Ludvig Goldschmidt Pedersen is writing a PhD about scientific virtues in the Danish bureaucracy from 1885 to 1942. I hold a Master’s degree in Intellectual History and the History of Political Thought from University College London and Queen Mary University and a Bachelor’s degree in History of Ideas and Cultural Analysis of Society and Economy…

2018.02.08 | Research, Filosofi og Idéhistorie, Arts

A new role for the humanities: envisioning robots in society

Robots are now included in more and more contexts of our everyday life. This development is welcomed by industry and policy-makers alike. But what will it mean for us, as individuals and societies? This is the central focus of the international research conference “Robophilosophy 2018/TRANSOR 2018”.


Fri 05 Apr
09:00-16:45 | Meeting Room 2, Studenternes Hus, Aarhus Universitet
Man and Nature- German Idealism in the Age of the Anthropocene
Seminar organised by: The German Idealism Research Unit and the School of Culture and Society
Thu 23 May
14:00-16:00 | Building 1441, Aud. 3, Tåsingegade 3
SLØK LECTURE: The Politics of Translation and the history of Political Thought
By Annabel Brett, University of Cambridge
Thu 13 Jun
09:00-09:00 | Aarhus University
Wings of Desire - The Limits and Potentialities of Imagination within the Philosophy of Religion
The conference “Wings of Desire” will disclose and investigate recent developments in the study of imagination and develop their potential contribution to contemporary philosophy of religion.