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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public authorities Social Sciences
homosexuality Social Sciences
abortion Social Sciences
justice Social Sciences
integrity Social Sciences
Immanuel Kant Arts & Humanities
obligation Social Sciences
prostitution Social Sciences

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Research Output 2001 2018

Open Access
Sexual Identity
Sexual Orientation
Immanuel Kant

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

Immanuel Kant
Philosophical Anthropology
Human Nature

Activities 2010 2017

  • 7 Invited talk
  • 1 Editorial activity

Kant Studies Online (Journal)

Helga Varden (Editorial board member)

Activity: Editorial work typesEditorial activity

Freedom, Nature, and Secession: A Kantian Approach

Helga Varden (Speaker)
Jul 2015

Activity: Talk typesInvited talk

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

Helga Varden (Panelist)
Sep 2017

Activity: Talk typesInvited talk

Honors & Recognition

IVR Young Scholar Prize

Helga Varden (Recipient), Aug 2007


Markus Herz Prize

Helga Varden (Recipient), 2005