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Helga Varden



Varden’s main research interests are in Kant's practical philosophy as well as legal, political, and feminist philosophy. In addition to her book--Sex, Love, and Gender: A Kantian Theory (OUP 2020), 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, care relations, privacy, poverty, and our moral responsibilities for animals.

Research Interests

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


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

Additional Campus Affiliations

Professor, Philosophy
Professor, Gender and Women's Studies
Professor, Political Science
Professor, Unit for Criticism and Interpretive Theory
Professor, Women & Gender in Global Perspectives
Professor, European Union Center

Recent Publications

Varden, H. (Accepted/In press). Jordan Pascoe's Kant's Theory of Labour: A Kantian Engagement. Kantian Review.

Varden, H. (2024). Leaving the State of Nature. Strengths and Limits of Kant’s Transformation of the Social Contract Tradition. Zeitschrift für Politische Theorie.

Varden, H. (2024). Traumatized Heroes: Living with Wrongdoing. Public Seminar, Public Seminar.

Varden, H. (Accepted/In press). واردن، هلگا (۱۴۰۱). جستارهایی در اخلاق و فلسفه سیاسی کانت. ترجمه علی پیرحیاتی. نشر نقد فرهنگ. Naghd-e Farhang Publications.

Varden, H. (2023). Asha Bhandary's Freedom to Care — A Kantian Care Engagement. Dialogue, 62(2), 247-260.

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