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.

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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

Kant and Moral Responsibility for Animals

Varden, H., Jun 18 2020, Kant and Animals. Callanan, J. J. & Allais, L. (eds.). Oxford University Press, p. 157-175

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

  • Sex, Love, and Gender: A Kantian Theory

    Varden, H., May 27 2020, Oxford University Press. 368 p.

    Research output: Book/Report/Conference proceedingBook

  • 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


    • 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

    The General Will and Reform in Kant’s Legal-Political Philosophy

    Helga Varden (Panelist)

    Sep 2017

    Activity: Talk typesInvited talk

    Freedom, Nature, and Secession: A Kantian Approach

    Helga Varden (Speaker)

    Jul 2015

    Activity: Talk typesInvited talk

    Honors & Recognition

    IVR Young Scholar Prize

    Varden, Helga (Recipient), Aug 2007


    Markus Herz Prize

    Varden, Helga (Recipient), 2005