Department of Management, Politics and Philosophy

Morten Sørensen
Associate professor

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Morten S. Thanning

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 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
Morten Sørensen Thaning; Johan Gersel / What Can Socratic Philosophy Achieve? : Plato’s Conception of Care in the Light of Christine Korsgaard’s Self-constitution.
In: International Journal of Philosophy and Theology, Vol. 81, No. 3, 5.2020, p. 227-245
Journal article > peer review
Morten S. Thaning; Mike Zundel; Robin Holt; Alessia Contu; Russ Vince / Why Reason, Why Now?
In: Academy of Management Learning and Education, Vol. 19, No. 3, 9.2020, p. 259-268
Journal article > peer review
Morten Sørensen Thaning; Johan Gersel / Pseudoerzieherische Diskurspraxis : Platons Verständnis der Sophistik.
In: Allgemeine Zeitschrift für Philosophie, Vol. 44, No. 2, 2019, p. 155-177
Journal article > peer review
Morten Sørensen Thaning / Faustian Intellectualism : Reading the Considerations in the perspective of Gadamer’s Philosophical Hermeneutics and Mann’s Doktor Faustus.
In: Heideggers „Schwarze Hefte“ im Kontext: Geschichte, Politik, Ideologie. . ed. /David Espinet; Günter Figal; Tobias Keiling; Nikola Mirković. Tübingen : Mohr Siebeck 2018, p. 37-67
Book chapter > peer review
Johan Gersel (Editor) ; Rasmus Thybo Jensen (Editor) ; Morten Sørensen Thaning (Editor) ; Søren Overgaard (Editor) / In the Light of Experience : New Essays on Perception and Reasons.
Oxford : Oxford University Press 2018, 304 p. (Mind Association Occasional Series)
Anthology > peer review
Sverre Raffnsøe; Morten Sørensen Thaning; Marius Gudmand-Høyer / Philosophical Practice as Self-modification : An Essay on Michel Foucault’s Critical Engagement with Philosophy.
In: Foucault Studies, No. 25, 2018, p. 8-54
Journal article > peer review
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Research Projects
Outside activities
  • Lecture,‘Den økonomiske rationalitet og det fornuftige menneske’ at Testrup Højskole 2019