Helga Varden

Associate Professor
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Biography

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.

Research Interests

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

Education

  • 2001-2006: University of Toronto, Canada. Ph.D. in philosophy. Thesis title: The Liberal Ideal of Political Obligations: The Lockean Voluntarist vs. Kant’s Non-Voluntarist Ideal of Political Obligations. Thesis director: Arthur Ripstein. Readers: Gopal Sreenivasan and Sergio Tenenbaum.
  • 1996-1999: University of Tromsø, Norway. MA in philosophy.
  • 1994-1996: University of Tromsø, Norway. Undergraduate studies in philosophy.
  • 1994: Awarded the professional title of “siviløkonom” (“civil business manager”) by the Norwegian School of Economics and Business Administration.
  • 1993-1994: London School of Economics and Political Science, UK. MSc in Industrial Relations and Personnel Management.
  • 1990-1993: University of Newcastle Upon Tyne, UK. BA (Hons.) in Business Management.

Distinctions / Awards

Selected Publications

Newspaper Articles

Finholt, Hege Cathrine, and Helga Varden Niqab-forbud stenger folk ute Vårt Land 2016.

Website Articles

The Politics of Narcissism, Dehumanization, and Dispossession: From Norway to Orlando to Britain Medium 2016.

Magazine Articles

Retten til frihet – om fremmedgjøring og undertrykking i den norske offentligheten Salongen—Tidsskrift for filosofi og idehistorie 2016.
Norsk filosofi - et blikk utenfra Salongen - nettdsskrift for filosofi og idehistorie 2015. Online access.
Varden, Helga Den fattige debatten Salongen - nettidsskrift for filosofi og idehistorie 2015.

Reviews

Review of Sidney Axinn's Sacrifice and Value: A Kantian Interpretation Sacrifice and Value: A Kantian Interpretation Critique 2017.
Review of Martha Nussbaum's Political Emotions Political Emotions Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews 2014, p. 7.
Review of Elizabeth Ellis Kant's Political Theory: Interpretations and Applications Kant's Political Theory: Interpretations and Applications Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews 2013.
Review of Carol Hay's Kantianism, Liberalism, and Feminism: Resisting Oppression Kantianism, Liberalism, and Feminism: Resisting Oppression Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews 11 05 2013, p. 7.
Varden, Helga Kant's Doctrine of Right: A Commentary by Sharon Byrd, by Joachim Hruschka. Jurisprudence Source Author Sharon Byrd, Source Author Joachim Hruschka, 2012.
Varden, Helga Critical Commentary on Ann Cudd's "Analyzing Oppression" Analyzing Oppression Symposia on Gender, Race and Philosophy 2010.
Varden, Helga Review of Jan Narveson and James P. Sterba's "Are LIberty and Equality Compatible" Are Liberty and Equality Compatible by Jan Narveson, by James Sterba. Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews Source Author Jan Narveson, Source Author James Sterba, 2010.
Varden, Helga Blackwell Guide to Kant's Ethics Ethics 120 4 2010, p. 860-864.
Varden, Helga Kant's Cosmopolitan Theory of Law and Peace Symposium: Canadian Journal of Continental Philosophy 12 1 2009, p. 168-174.
Varden, Helga The Kantian Imperative: Humiliation, Common Sense, Politics by Paul Saurette. University of Toronto Quarterly 76 1 Source Author Paul Saurette, 2007, p. 305-307.
Varden, Helga Kant by Paul Guyer. Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews Source Author Paul Guyer, 2006.

Journal Articles

Self-Governance and Reform in Kant’s Liberal Republicanism: Ideal and Non-Ideal Theory in Kant’s Doctrine of Right dois pontos 13 2 2016, p. 39-70.
Varden, Helga Kant and Women Pacific Philosophical Quarterly 2015.
The Terrorist Attacks in Norway, July 22nd 2011— Some Kantian Reflections Norsk Filosofisk Tidsskrift/Norwegian Journal of Philosophy 49 3-4 2014, p. 236-59.
Varden, Helga Patriotism, Poverty, and Global Justice—A Kantian Engagement with Pauline Kleingeld’s Kant and Cosmopolitanism Kantian Review 10 2 2014, p. 251-266. Online access.
Varden, Helga A Kantian Critique of the Care Tradition: Family Law and Systemic Justice Kantian Review 17 2 2012.
Varden, Helga Amartya Sen's The Idea of Justice - Some Kantian Rejoinders Social Philosophy Today 2012.
Varden, Helga The Lockean Enough-and-as-Good Proviso - An Internal Critique Journal of Moral Philosophy 2012.
A Kantian Conception of Global Justice Review of International Studies 37 05 2011, p. 2043-2057.
Varden, Helga G. A. Cohen's Rescuing Justice and Equality - A Critical Engagement Social Philosophy Today 26 2010, p. 175-189.
Varden, Helga Kant's Murderer at the Door.. One More Time: Kant's Legal Philosophy and Lies to Murderers and Nazis Journal of Social Philosophy 41 4 2010, p. 403-421.
Varden, Helga Kant's Non-Absolutist Conception of Political Legitimacy: How Public Right 'Concludes' Private Right in "The Doctrine of Right" Kant-Studien 3 2010, p. 331-51.
Varden, Helga Lockean Freedom and the Proviso's Appeal to Scientific Knowledge Social Theory and Practice 36 1 2010, p. 1-20.
Varden, Helga Nozick's Reply to the Anarchist: what He Said and what He Should Have Said about Procedural Rights Law and Philosophy 28 6 2009, p. 585-616.
Varden, Helga Kant's Non-Voluntarist Conception of Political Obligations: Why Justice Is Impossible in the State of Nature Kantian Review 13 2 2008, p. 1-45.
Varden, Helga Diversity and Unity: An Attempt at Drawing a Justifiable Line Archiv fur Rechts- und Sozialphilosophie/Archives for Philosophy of Law and Philosophy 94 1 2008, p. 1-25.
Varden, Helga A Kantian Conception of Rightful Sexual Relations: Sex, (Gay) Marriage, and Prostitution Social Philosophy Today 22 2007, p. 199-218.
Varden, Helga Kant and Dependency Relations: Kant on the State''s Right to Redistribute Resources to Protect the Rights of Dependents Dialogue - Canadian Philosophical Review XLV 2006, p. 257-284.
Varden, Helga Locke's Waste Restriction and His Strong Voluntarism Locke Studies 6 2006, p. 127-141.
Varden, Helga Politisk filosofi uten metafysikk? Norsk Filosofisk Tidsskrift 3 2001.

Book Contributions

Rawls vs. Nozick vs. Kant on Domestic Economic Justice Kant and Social Policies Rawls vs. Nozick vs. Kant on Domestic Economic Justice Palgrave Macmillan 2016, p. 93-123.
Immanuel Kant – Justice as Freedom Philosophie de la justice/Philosophy of Justice Immanuel Kant – Justice as Freedom Netherlands Springer 2015, p. 213-37.
John Locke – Libertarian Anarchism Philosophie de la justice/Philosophy of Justice John Locke – Libertarian Anarchism Netherlands Springer 2015, p. 157-76.
Varden, Helga A Feminist, Kantian Conception of the Right to Bodily Integrity: the Cases of Abortion and Homosexuality Out of the Shadows: Analytical Feminist Contributions to Traditional Philosophy edited by Sharon Crasnow, edited by Anita Superson. A Feminist, Kantian Conception of the Right to Bodily Integrity: the Cases of Abortion and Homosexuality Edited by Sharon Crasnow, Edited by Anita Superson, Oxford University Press 2012.
Varden, Helga A Kantian Conception of Free Speech Free Speech in a Diverse World A Kantian Conception of Free Speech Springer 2010, p. 39-55.
Varden, Helga International and Cosmopolitan Political Obligations Coercion and the State edited by David Reidy, edited by Walter Riker. International and Cosmopolitan Political Obligations Edited by David Reidy, Edited by Walter Riker, Springer 2008, p. 239-250.

Encyclopedia Entries

Varden, Helga Robert Nozick The Cambridge Rawls Lexicon, ed. J. Mandle and D. Reidy Cambridge Cambridge University Press 2015.
Varden, Helga Charity Encyclopedia of Global Justice, ed. Deen Chatterjee Springer 2011.
Varden, Helga Contemporary Responses to Kant Encyclopedia of Global Justice, ed. Deen Chatterjee Springer 2011.
Varden, Helga Immanuel Kant Encyclopedia of Global Justice, ed. Deen Chatterjee Springer 2011.
Varden, Helga Imperfect and Perfect Duties Encyclopedia of Global Justice, ed. Deen Chatterjee Springer 2011.
Varden, Helga Positive and Negative Duties Encyclopedia of Global Justice, ed. Deen Chatterjee Springer 2011.
Varden, Helga Robert Nozick Encyclopedia of Global Justice, ed. Deen Chatterjee Springer 2011.