Department of Management, Politics and Philosophy

Mads Peter
Assistant professor

Room: POR/18.B-2.157

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
  • Ethics
  • Governmentality Studies
  • Political Theology
  • Philosophy of Religion
Curriculum Vitae
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Selected publications
  • Karlsen, M.P. “Towards a Kierkegaardian Retreating of the Political“, Kierkegaard Studies Yearbook Vol. 24, Nr. 1, 375-392, 2019.
  • Karlsen, M.P. Dødsdrift og næstekærlighed: Seks kapitler om teologi og psykoanalyse, Forlaget Eksistensen, København, 2018.  
  • Karlsen, M.P. “The Truth of Paul According to Alain Badiou”, Journal for Cultural and Religious Theory, Vol. 16, Nr. 3, s. 403-436, 2017.
  • Karlsen M.P./Villadsen, K. “Health Promotion, Governmentality and the Challenges of Theorizing Pleasure and Desire”, Body and Society Vol. 22 (3), 3-30, 2016.
  • Karlsen, M.P./Villadsen, K. ”Foucault, Maoism, Genealogy: The Influence of Political Militancy in Michel Foucault’s Thought”, New Political Science: A Journal of Politics and Culture  Vol. 37 (1): 91-117, 2015.
Publications List
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Bjarke Mørkøre Stigel Hansen; Mads Peter Karlsen; René Rosfort / Arne Grøn's Existential Hermeneutics : Existence, Ethics and Religion.
In: Danish Yearbook of Philosophy, Vol. 53, 2020, p. 108-132
Journal article > peer review
Mads Peter Karlsen / At møde sig selv som en anden : Om identitet som problem.
In: Omtanke, No. 4, 6.2020, p. 21-27
Journal article
Mads Peter Karlsen; Kaspar Villadsen / Confession
In: The Routledge Handbook of Economic Theology. ed. /Stefan Schwarzkopf. Abingdon : Routledge 2020, p. 36-46 (Routledge International Handbooks)
Book chapter > peer review
Arne Grøn (Author) ; Bjarke Mørkøre Stigel Hansen (Editor) ; Mads Peter Karlsen (Editor) ; René Rosfort (Editor) / Filosofiske essays af Arne Grøn : Eksistentiel hermeneutik. Bind 1.
Frederiksberg : Eksistensen Akademisk 2019, 396 p.
Arne Grøn; Bjarke Mørkøre Stigel Hansen; Mads Peter Karlsen; René Rosfort / Indledning
In: Filosofiske essays af Arne Grøn: Eksistentiel hermeneutik. Bind 1. . ed. /Bjarke Mørkøre Stigel Hansen; Mads Peter Karlsen; René Rosfort. Frederiksberg : Eksistensen Akademisk 2019, p. 9-45
Book chapter
Mads Peter Karlsen / Towards a Kierkegaardian Retreating of the Political
In: Kierkegaard Studies Yearbook, Vol. 24, No. 1, 2019, p. 375-392
Journal article > peer review
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
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Mads Peter Karlsen / Dødsdrift og næstekærlighed : Seks kapitler om teologi og psykoanalyse hos Kierkegaard, Kafka, Freud og Lacan.
Frederiksberg : Eksistensen 2018, 173 p.
Book > peer review
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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