Department of Management, Politics and Philosophy

Mads Peter
Assistant professor

Room: POR/18.B-4.143

Educational background

I am trained in theology and contemporary continental philosophy at Department of Systematic Theology (University of Copenhagen), where I also did my PhD.

Current research

  • I am interested in the interface and possible dialogue between theology and Freudian psychoanalysis. My research in this area is focused on subjectivity and ethics with the theological themes of original sin, neighbour love, confession and forgiveness as pivotal points.
  • Within the field of political theology my research is mainly focused the recent attention towards theology among neo-Marxist philosophers, but I am also interested in questions concerning secularization and the conceptual influence of theology on modern social and political thought.
  • Another research interest of mine is the development of psychoanalytical informed strategies for social and political analyses of power and identity with focus particularly on rituals, asceticism and belief.
Primary research areas
  • Philosophy of Religion
  • Ethics
  • Political Theology
  • Psychoanalysis
  • 20th Century French Philosophy
Curriculum Vitae
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Selected publications

Karlsen, M.P. “’Stony Ground but not Entirely’ – Seven fragmentary Remarks on the Metaphor of Grace in Alain Badiou” in Roland Boer (ed.): Religion and Radicalism, Palgrave Macmillan, London (forthcoming) 2015.

Karlsen, M.P. & Villadsen, K. ”Laughing for Real? Humour, Management Power, and Subversion” Ephemera – Theory and Politics in Organization (forthcoming) 2015.

Karlsen, M.P. “Materialism, Dialectics and Theology in Alain Badiou” Journal for Critical Research on Religion 2(1): 38-54, 2014.

Karlsen, M.P. & Villadsen, K. “Foucault, Maoism, Genealogy: The Influence of Political Militancy in Michel Foucault’s Thought”, New Political Science (early online) 2014.

Karlsen, M.P. “From a Perverse to a Suffering God – On Slavoj Žižek’s Materialist Reading of G.K. Chesterton” International Journal of Žižek Studies 4(4): 1-23, 2010.


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Mads Peter Karlsen / At være bundet ved sig selv : Om en parallel mellem psykoanalysens og kristendommens menneskesyn.
In: Lamella – Tidsskrift for teoretisk psykoanalyse, Vol. 3, No. 4, 2018
Journal article > peer review
Mads Peter Karlsen / Dødsdrift og næstekærlighed : Seks kapitler om teologi og psykoanalyse hos Kierkegaard, Kafka, Freud og Lacan.
Frederiksberg : Eksistensen 2018, 173 p.
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Mads Peter Karlsen / On Alain Badiou’s ‘Critique of Religion’
In: International Journal of Philosophy and Theology, Vol. 79, No. 1-2, 2018, p. 36-59
Journal article > peer review
Mads Peter Karlsen; Bent Meier Sørensen; Kaspar Villadsen / The Boy on the Beach : The Photographic Event that Contested the Violence of European Governmentality.
In: Borderland Religion: Ambiguous Practices of Difference, Hope, and Beyond. . ed. /Daisy L. Machado; Bryan S. Turner; Trygve Wyller. Abingdon : Routledge 2018, p. 136-159 (Religion, Resistance, Hospitalities)
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Mads Peter Karlsen / The Past 'Has' Us Before We 'Have' It : Inheriting Hereditary Sin?.
In: Hermeneutics and Negativism: Existential Ambiguities of Self-understanding. . ed. /Claudia Welz; René Rosfort. Tübingen : Mohr Siebeck 2018, p. 53-68 (Religion in Philosophy and Theology, Vol. 95)
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Mads Peter Karlsen / “Stony Ground but not Entirely” : On the Metaphor of “Grace” in Alain Badiou.
In: Studia Theologica - Nordic Journal of Theology, Vol. 72, No. 1, 6.2018, p. 30-50
Journal article > peer review
Mads Peter Karlsen / Arvesynden som anti-utopisme?
In: Religion, No. 3, 2017, p. 18-30
Journal article
Mads Peter Karlsen; Kaspar Villadsen / Confession and the Economic Subject
Paper presented at Markets, Money and the Sacred, 2017
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Mads Peter Karlsen; Kaspar Villadsen / Det velafbalancerede subjekt : Sundhedsfremme, guvernmentalitet og spørgsmålet om nydelse og begær.
In: Sundhed og magt: Perspektiver på biopolitik og ledelsesteknologi. . ed. /Mads Peter Karlsen; Kaspar Villadsen. København : Hans Reitzels Forlag 2017, p. 147-178
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Mads Peter Karlsen; Kaspar Villadsen / Indledning
In: Sundhed og magt: Perspektiver på biopolitik og ledelsesteknologi. . ed. /Mads Peter Karlsen; Kaspar Villadsen. København : Hans Reitzels Forlag 2017, p. 9-22
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