Helga Varden

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Research Interests

Kant’s practial philosophy, Legal and political philosophy, feminist philosophy, applied ethics, philosophy of sex and love.

Personal profile

Varden’s main research interests are in Kant's practical philosophy as well as legal, political, and feminist philosophy. She has published on a range of classical philosophical issues, including Kant’s answer to the murderer at the door, private property, political obligations, and political legitimacy, as well as on applied issues such as terrorism, abortion, and same-sex marriage. She is currently completing the manuscript A Kantian Theory of Sexuality, forthcoming with Oxford University Press.

Education/Academic qualification

Philosophy, Ph.D., University of Toronto


Philosophy, M.A., Arctic University of Norway


Philosophy, B.A., Arctic University of Norway


Industrial Relations and Personnel Management, MSc, The London School of Economics and Political Science


Business Management , B.A., University of Newcastle


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Research Output

Open Access
  • Kant’s Moral Theory and Feminist Ethics: Women, Embodiment, Care Relations, and Systemic Injustice

    Varden, H., Jun 14 2018, The Bloomsbury Companion to Analytic Feminism. Garavaso, P. (ed.). Bloomsbury Academic Press, p. 459-482 (Bloomsbury Companions).

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

    A feminist, Kantian conception of the right to bodily integrity: The cases of abortion and homosexuality

    Varden, H., May 15 2017, The Right to Bodily Integrity. Taylor and Francis, p. 153-177 25 p.

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

    Kant and Sexuality

    Varden, H., 2017, The Palgrave Kant Handbook. Altman, M. C. (ed.). Palgrave Macmillan, p. 331-353 (Palgrave Handbooks in German Idealism).

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

    Kant and Women

    Varden, H., Dec 2017, In : Pacific Philosophical Quarterly. 98, 4, p. 653-694 42 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • Activities

    • 7 Invited talk
    • 1 Editorial activity

    Giving Him a Second Chance; Talking with Kant on Sex

    Helga Varden (Speaker)
    Feb 2016

    Activity: Talk typesInvited talk

    Freedom, Nature, and Secession: A Kantian Approach

    Helga Varden (Speaker)
    Jul 2015

    Activity: Talk typesInvited talk

    Kant Studies Online (Journal)

    Helga Varden (Editorial board member)

    Activity: Editorial work typesEditorial activity

    Honors & Recognition

    IVR Young Scholar Prize

    Helga Varden (Recipient), Aug 2007


    Markus Herz Prize

    Helga Varden (Recipient), 2005