Department of Business Humanities and Law

  • Governance, Culture & Learning Unit
Morten Sørensen
Associate professor

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Morten Sørensen Thaning

What is the connection between freedom and rationality in human action and thought?  What is the nature and limit of responsibility? How can we transmit and cultivate human rationality?  These are the questions at the center of my philosophical research. I am particularly interested in the role and nature of situated judgement as form of rationality that is, on the one hand, not reducible to ‘gut feelings’ but, one the other hand, cannot be captured in general, context-insensitive rules and agent-neutral terms. Currently I am working on the relation between this form of rationality and the conceptions of rationality within contemporary economic theory as well as within current management and organization theory.  In my research I build upon the work of neo-Kantian, contemporary philosophers such as John McDowell and Christine Korsgaard as well as the tradition of phenomenology and hermeneutics, notably Hans-Georg Gadamer and Martin Heidegger. I also draw upon the tradition of Ancient philosophy, in particular Plato and Aristotle. Finally, I work with the thought of Michel Foucault and with the analyses of Giorgio Agamben in order to develop their diagnoses of the forms of power that shape our contemporary society.

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Primary research areas
  • The concepts of freedom, rationality and responsibility and their intrinsic connection
  • The nature and cultivation of situated judgement
  • The nature of rational management and the function of professional judgement
  • The current systems of obligation that shape the government of others and of the self


Administrative tasks

Group leader of the Management Philosophy group

Curriculum Vitae
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  • Philosophy of the present: Human Capital
  • The notion of work and the nature of the human resource
Selected publications
  • (2012) ‘Dialectics and Dialogue in the Lysis’ in Dialogue and Dialectics between Plato and Aristotle, ed. J. L. Fink, Cambridge University Press.
  • (2015) The problem of objectivity in Gadamer’s Hermeneutics in light of McDowell’s Empiricism. Volume I in the Book Series: Contributions to Hermeneutics (book series editor Jeff Malpas and Claude Romano). Heidelberg: Springer Verlag, pp. 1-212.
  • Sverre Raffnsøe, Marius Gudmand-Høyer, Morten S. Thaning (2016) Foucault: A Research Companion. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, pp. 1-465.
  • Gersel, J, Jensen, R.T., Thaning, M.S., (the order of authors is strictly alphabetical) (2017): “McDowell’s new Conceptualism and Difference between Chickens, Colours and Cardinals”. Philosophical Explorations, 20 (1) (20th Anniversary issue).


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Morten S. Thaning / Book review: Jussi Backman and Antonio Cimino (ed.), Biopolitics and Ancient Thought
In: Foucault Studies, No. 35, 12.2023, p. 243-250
Book review
Daniel Souleles; Matthew Archer; Morten Sørensen Thaning / Introduction to Special Issue : Value, Values, and Anthropology.
In: Economic Anthropology, Vol. 10, No. 2, 2023, 7 p., p. 162-168
Editorial > peer review
Johan Gersel; Daniel Souleles; Morten Sørensen Thaning / How Should We Design Access to a Healthcare System?
In: People Before Markets: An Alternative Casebook. . ed. /Daniel Scott Souleles; Johan Gersel; Morten Sørensen Thaning. Cambridge : Cambridge University Press 2022, p. 354-379
Book chapter > peer review
Daniel Scott Souleles (Editor) ; Johan Gersel (Editor) ; Morten Sørensen Thaning (Editor) / People before Markets : An Alternative Casebook.
Cambridge : Cambridge University Press 2022, 478 p.
Anthology > peer review
Johan Gersel; Morten Sørensen Thaning / Some Philosophical Help With “Neoliberalism”
In: People before Markets: An Alternative Casebook. . ed. /Daniel Scott Souleles; Johan Gersel; Morten Sørensen Thaning. Cambridge : Cambridge University Press 2022, p. 10-53
Book chapter > peer review
Ana Maria Munar; Marius Gudmand-Høyer; Cathrine Bjørnholt Michaelsen; Morten Sørensen Thaning / Values with Hamlet : Engaging with Value Incommensurability in Tourism Organizations.
In: Critical Tourism Studies 9: With in Dangerous Times. Working Proceedings. WWW : Critical Tourism Studies 2022, 2 p., p. 8-9
Conference abstract in proceedings > peer review
Morten Sørensen Thaning / Dialectic as a Way of Life : Hans-Georg Gadamer’s Interpretation of Plato.
In: Phenomenological Interpretations of Ancient Philosophy. ed. /Kristian Larsen; Pål Rykkja Gilbert. Leiden : Brill 2021, p. 178-201 (Studies in Contemporary Phenomenology, Vol. 20)
Book chapter > peer review
Mads Kogut; Morten Sørensen Thaning; Niklas Birksted / Intellectual Emancipation as Minimal Humanism : The Relevance of Jacques Rancière in Business School Teaching.
In: Management Learning, Vol. 52, No. 2, 4.2021, p. 165-187
Journal article > peer review
Morten Thaning / Introduction To Exemplary Contributions
In: Academy of Management Learning and Education, Vol. 19, No. 3, 2020, 2 p., p. 406-407
Johan Gersel; Morten Sørensen Thaning / The Plight to Choose : Cultivating Practical Deliberation in Management Learning and Education.
In: Journal of Management Education, Vol. 44, No. 5, 10.2020, p. 663-676
Journal article > peer review
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Research Projects
Outside activities
  • Lecture,‘Den økonomiske rationalitet og det fornuftige menneske’ at Testrup Højskole 2019