Aarhus University Seal / Aarhus Universitets segl

Research Unit for Ethics, Legal, and Political Philosophy


The unit coordinates the work of researchers working on interrelated questions in ethics, legal, and political philosophy. Current research questions concern the ethics of war, bioethics, moral psychology, roboethics, political justice, public space, politics of everyday life, social philosophy, inequality, the public sphere, the welfare state, normativity, naturalism, the ethics and politics of punishment, and the nature of rights, media ethics, and history of ethics.

The unit has an international profile, with solid ties to several of the world’s most prominent research centers in the field. Its research is published in top ranked journals. Members of the unit are actively seeking large European and Danish funds.

The unit hosts a permanent research seminar with a university-wide following, frequently organizes workshops and conferences.

Unit Coordinator

Events Spring 2021

Man. 15/3, 13-15 

Nils Holtug: ”Hvad er identitetspolitik?”


Man. 12/4, 13-15

Somogy Varga: ”Social konstruktion og dehumanisering”


Man 19/4, 13-15

Kasper Lippert Rasmussen: "Forgiving the Mote in your Sister’s Eye: On Standingless Forgiveness"

Sted: https://aarhusuniversity.zoom.us/j/68066718389



Many philosophers analyzing standing to blame have argued that a hypocrite can lack standing to blame someone even if what that person did is blameworthy and that standingless, hypocritical blame is pro tanto morally wrongful. Philosophers have yet to address the issue of standing to forgive. In this article, I defend two main claims. First, I argue that if these two claims about blame are true, then so are the following two corresponding claims about forgiveness: a hypocritical forgiver can lack standing to forgive someone else for an act even if there are reasons why this act is forgivable and standingless, hypocritical forgiveness is pro tanto morally wrongful. Main second main claim is that these two claims about forgiveness are true. 


Julie Rasmussen

Research Group Coordinator

Raffaele Rodogno

Associate professor, research programme director