Department of Management, Politics and Philosophy

Morten Sørensen
Associate professor

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Curriculum Vitae
Primary research areas
  • The concepts of freedom and alienation
  • Ethics and Aesthetics from a phenomenological and hermeneutical perspective
  • Foucault’s philosophy of the social
  • The concepts of knowledge, dialogue and learning (Plato)
  • The concept of work (Heidegger and Aristotle)


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My current research project investigates the concepts of freedom and alienation from a philosophical perspective. I draw upon phenomenology and hermeneutics (Martin Heidegger and Hans-Georg Gadamer) but also upon classical philosophy (Plato and Aristotle). I relate my hermeneutical investigations of freedom and alienation to Foucault’s exploration of liberal governmentality and ethical practices of the self. An important aim is to demonstrate, how an account of freedom as an experience of meaning can contribute to our understanding of what work is and can be in contemporary Western society. 

I am also writing on a book (as co-author) on Foucault which for the first time treats his recently published lectures from Collège de France.

  • The problem of Human Capital
  • CSR in a philosophical perspective (Phil & Buss Adm program)
Selected publications
  • (2010) Foucault. Studienhandbuch. (co-authored; Fink Verlag)
  • (2011) ‚Rezeption in der philosophischen Hermeneutik‘. In Heideggers Ursprung des Kunstwerks. Ein kooperativer Kommentar, ed. by D. Espinet and T. Keiling,   Frankfurt a. M.: Vittorio Klostermann.
  • (2012)  ‘Dialectics and Dialogue in the Lysis’ in Dialogue and Dialectics between Plato and Aristotle, ed. J. L. Fink, Cambridge University Press.
  • (2013): ‘Freiheit und Verantwortung im Anschluss an Heidegger und Gadamer‘, in Frei sein, Frei handeln – Freiheit zwischen theoretischer und praktischer Philosophie, udg. T. Keiling et altera, Freiburg, Karl Alber Verlag.
  • (2013) (forthcoming) ‘Eine sokratische Interpretation des Freiheitsbegriffs in Sein und Zeit‘, in Heidegger in Marburg (Schriftenreihe der Martin Heidegger Gesellschaft), ed. D. Koch, Frankfurt a. M., Vittorio Klostermann.


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. 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 B.V. 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
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Administrative tasks

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