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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 ideca@cas.au.dk +4587162893 1465, 626
Becker, Anna Katharina Professor with Special Responsibilities anna.becker@cas.au.dk +4587162246 1465, 625
Bek-Thomsen, Jakob Associate professor, research programme director idejbt@cas.au.dk +4587162285 1465, 624
Bjerring, Jens Christian Krarup Associate professor filjcb@cas.au.dk
Brock, Steen Associate professor filsb@cas.au.dk +4587162265 1467, 523
Busch, Jacob Associate Professor, Department Manager filjab@cas.au.dk +4593521909 1467, 630
Büter, Anke Associate professor abueter@cas.au.dk +4587162526 1465, 522
Christiansen, Christian O. Associate professor idecoc@cas.au.dk +4587162278 1465, 630
Damholdt, Malene Flensborg Associate professor malenefd@psy.au.dk
Dige, Morten Associate professor filmd@cas.au.dk +4587162263 1467, 525
Dyring, Rasmus Assistant Professor filrd@cas.au.dk +4551788292 1465, 526
Fabian, Louise Associate professor idelfl@cas.au.dk +4587162658 1465, 628
Fink, Hans Emeritus filhf@cas.au.dk +4526177213 1467, 528
Gundersen, Lars Bo Associate professor fillg@cas.au.dk +4587162274 1465, 615
Hansen, Anders Lund Professor idealh@cas.au.dk
Holm, Andreas Beck Associate professor anbh@cas.au.dk +4587162294 1467, 625
Jensen, Uffe Juul Professor filujj@cas.au.dk +4520227691 1465, 430
Jeppesen, Morten Haugaard Associate professor idemhj@cas.au.dk +4587162268 1467, 626
Jha, Priyanka Postdoc priyankajha@cas.au.dk +4591478954 1465, 619
Jørgensen, Dorthe Associate professor idedj@cas.au.dk +4587162284 1465, 623
Krause-Jensen, Katrine Assistant Professor filkkj@cas.au.dk
Kreis, Guido Associate professor guido.kreis@cas.au.dk +4587162136 1467, 624
Laursen, Henning Høgh !!Emeritus filhhl@cas.au.dk 1467, 520
Lodberg, Lars PhD Student filll@cas.au.dk 1467, 617
Morsing, Ole Emeritus ideom@cas.au.dk +4526173478
Munk, Karen Associate professor filkpm@cas.au.dk +4587162247 1465, 618
Nørskov, Marco Associate professor filmanp@cas.au.dk +4593522306 1467, 226
Rasmussen, Anders Moe Associate professor filamr@cas.au.dk +4587162281 1467, 526
Rodogno, Raffaele Associate professor, research programme director filrr@cas.au.dk +4587162259 1467, 521
Seibt, Johanna Professor filseibt@cas.au.dk +4587162245 1467, 230
Skipper, Mattias PhD Student filmsr@cas.au.dk +4560227857 1467, 520
Steglich-Petersen, Asbjørn Professor filasp@cas.au.dk +4561718439
Sørensen, Peter Aaboe Teaching Assistant Professor idepaas@cas.au.dk +4587162252 1465, 620
Thorup, Mikkel Professor idemt@cas.au.dk
Varga, Somogy Professor varga@cas.au.dk 1467, 519
Vestergaard, Christina Postdoc etnocv@cas.au.dk 1467, 222
Wackerhausen, Steen !!Adjungeret professor filsw@au.dk
Wentzer, Thomas Schwarz Professor with Special Responsibilities filts@cas.au.dk +4587162295 1467, 623


2020.10.05 | Filosofi og Idéhistorie

Benjamin Christensen - New PhD at the Department of Philosophy and History of Ideas

Benjamin will be working on the project: Is value a matter of complexity? An investigation into the naturalization of value.

2020.09.24 | Filosofi og Idéhistorie

Mads Hansen - New PhD at the Department of Philosophy and History of Ideas

Mads will be working on the project: Constructing a Theory of Sentience Using Gradualism, Process Ontology, and Organisational Constraints.

2020.05.27 | Filosofi og Idéhistorie

Priyanka Jha - New podtdoc at the Department of Philosophy and History of Ideas

Priyanka Jha will be Affiliated the research project “An Intellectual History of Global Inequality, 1960-2015” led by Associate Professor Christian Olaf Christiansen


Fri 30 Oct
12:30-14:30 | On-line
On-line seminar. Speaker: Anna-Sopia Maurin, Uni of Gothenborg
Please contact Johanna Seibt for the Zoom link.
Fri 06 Nov
14:00-17:00 | Via Zoom. Tilmelding kræves.
PhD forsvar - Mattias Skipper
The Normative Significance of Higher-Order Evidence