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Professor Knud Haakonssen FBA

History of moral, political & legal thought 1600-1800, especially natural law & rights; Enlightenment in Germany, Scandinavia & Scotland; scholarly editions of eighteenth century texts.
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About this Fellow

Knud Haakonssen was Professor of Philosophy at Boston University 1995-2005 and held the Chair of Intellectual History at the University of Sussex 2005-2012. He has also taught in Australia, New Zealand, Singapore and Denmark. In semi-retirement he is Professor of Intellectual History at the University of St. Andrews and a Fellow of the Max Weber Center for Advanced Cultural and Social Studies at the University of Erfurt. He holds doctorates from the Universities of Copenhagen and Edinburgh and he is a member of the Royal Society of Edinburgh and of the Royal Danish Academy of Sciences and Letters. The main focus of his current work is the history of natural law and natural rights in the early-modern period. He co-directs a European project on this topic (https://www.uni-erfurt.de/projekte/natural-law-project/) and has published extensively in the field. Work on Enlightenment moral and political thought is ongoing, currently on Scottish, Danish and German material. A key feature of his work is the provision of critical editions of historical sources in intellectual history: http://www.euppublishing.com/series/EETR and http://www.libertyfund.org/search.aspx?dlCat=14

Website: http://knudhaakonssen.com/

Appointments

Current post

  • Professor of Intellectual History, University of St Andrews; Fellow, Max Weber Centre for Advanced Studies, University of Erfurt; Emeritus Professor of Intellectual History, University of Sussex

Past Appointments

  • Professor of Intellectual History, University of St Andrews, 1970
  • Emeritus Professor of Intellectual History, University of Sussex, 1970
  • Fellow, Max Weber Centre for Advanced Studies, University of Erfurt, Other Foreign Institutions, 1970

Publications

Other Early Modern History to 1850 Fellows

Professor Alex Walsham

The religious and cultural history of early modern Britain, especially the impact, reception and repercussions of the Protestant and Catholic Reformations

Professor Colin Kidd

Intellectual history of the British world from the 17th century onwards; history of race, ethnicity and nationhood; constitutional theory; Scottish history

Professor Sir Christopher Clark

The history of 18th-, 19th- and 20th-century Prussia, Germany and Europe, especially the history of religion and religious conflict, the impact of the revolutions of 1848, the outbreak of the First World War and variations in the historical experience of

Professor Deborah Howard

The art and architecture of Venice and the Veneto; Renaissance architectural history and theory; the relationship between Italy and the Eastern Mediterranean; and music and architecture in the Renaissance