Department of Management, Politics and Philosophy

Morten Sørensen
Associate professor

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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

Study Director of the BA/MA programme in business administration and philosophy

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).


Publications & dissemination
Johan Peter Gersel; Rasmus Thybo Jensen; Morten Sørensen Thaning / McDowell’s New Conceptualism and the Difference between Chickens, Colours and Cardinals
In: Philosophical Explorations, Vol. 20, No. 1, 1.2017, p. 88-105
Journal article
Morten Sørensen Thaning / Dialektik som livsform : Hans-Georg Gadamers fortolkning af Platon.
In: Platon - værk og virkning. ed. /Jakob Leth Fink; Jens Kristian Larsen. København : Gyldendal 2016, p. 605-630
Book chapter
Morten Sørensen Thaning / Eine sokratische Interpretation des Freiheitsbegriffs in Sein und Zeit
In: International Yearbook for Hermeneutics. ed. /G. Figal. Vol. 15, Tübingen : Mohr Siebeck 2016, p. 268-293 (Internationale Jahrbuch für Hermeneutik, Vol. 15)
Book chapter
Sverre Raffnsøe; Marius T. Gudmand-Høyer; Morten Sørensen Thaning / Foucaults Dispositive : The Perspicacity of Dispositive Analytics in Organizational Research.
In: Organization, Vol. 23, No. 2, 2016, p. 272-298
Journal article
Morten Sørensen Thaning / Günter Figal
In: The Blackwell Companion to Hermeneutics. ed. /Niall Keane; Chris Lawn. Chichester : Wiley 2016, p. 451-458 (The Blackwell Companion to Philosophy, Vol. 60)
Book chapter
Rasmus Johnsen; Morten Sørensen Thaning; Michael Pedersen / Knowledge You Can’t Google : Teaching Philosophy at the Business School.
In: The Routledge Companion to Reinventing Management Education. ed. /Chris Steyaert; Timon Beyes; Martin Parker. Abingdon : Routledge 2016, p. 374-386 (Routledge Companions in Business, Management and Accounting)
Book chapter
Sverre Raffnsøe; Marius T. Gudmand-Høyer; Morten Sørensen Thaning / Michel Foucault : A Research Companion.
Houndmills : Palgrave Macmillan 2016, 491 p.
Morten Sørensen Thaning; Marius Gudmand-Høyer; Sverre Raffnsøe / Ungovernable : Reassessing Foucault’s Ethics in Light of Agamben’s Pauline Conception of Use.
In: International Journal of Philosophy and Theology, Vol. 77, No. 3, 2016, p. 191-218
Journal article
Morten Sørensen Thaning / The Problem of Objectivity in Gadamer's Hermeneutics in Light of McDowell's Empiricism
Cham : Springer Science+Business Media 2015, 212 p. (Contributions to Hermeneutics, Vol. 1)
Morten Sørensen Thaning / Freiheit und Verantwortung bei Heidegger and Gadamer
In: Frei sein, frei handeln: Freiheit zwischen theoretischer und praktischer Philosophie. . ed. /Diego D'Angelo; Sylvaine Goudain; Tobias Keiling; Nikola Mirkowic. Munchen : Verlag Karl Alber 2013, p. 29-57
Book chapter
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