Specialisation: Early-modern moral, political and legal thought; natural law and rights; Enlightenment in Britain, Germany & Scandinavia
Knud Haakonssen is Professor of Intellectual History (part-time) at the University of St. Andrews and a Long-term Fellow at the Max Weber Centre for Advanced Cultural and Social Studies at the University of Erfurt. He works on moral, political and legal thought 1600 – 1800. Current interests include work on:
- natural law from Grotius to Hegel
- The Enlightenment in Germany, Scandinavia and Scotland
- pre-Kantian concepts of philosophy.
- Professor of Intellectual History (part-time), University of St. Andrews
- Professor Emeritus of Intellectual History, University of Sussex
- Long-term Fellow, Max Weber Center for Advanced Cultural & Social Studies, University of Erfurt
- Affiliated Professor of History, University of Copenhagen
- Lim Chong Yah Professor, National University of Singapore
- Torgny Segerstedt (Visiting) Professor, University of Uppsala
- Professor of Intellectual History and Director of the Sussex Centre for Intellectual History, University of Sussex
- Professor of Philosophy, Boston University
- Senior Fellow, Research School of Social Sciences, the Australian National University
Memberships / Fellowships
- Fellow, British Academyf
- Foreign Member, Royal Danish Academy of Sciences and Letters
- Fellow, Royal Society of Edinburgh
- Fellow, Royal Historical Society
- Knud Haakonssen (1981) The Science of a Legislator: The Natural Jurisprudence of David Hume and Adam Smith. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press. French, Japanese, Chinese translations.
- Knud Haakonssen (1996) Natural Law and Moral Philosophy: From Grotius to the Scottish Enlightenment. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press. Chinese translation.
- Knud Haakonssen (ed.) (1996) Enlightenment and Religion: Rational Dissent in Eighteenth-Century Britain, Ideas in Context, Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press.
- Knud Haakonssen (ed.) (2006) The Cambridge History of Eighteenth-Century Philosophy, 2 vols, Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press. Chinese translation.
- Knud Haakonssen (ed.) (2006) The Cambridge Companion to Adam Smith, Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press.
- Knud Haakonssen (general ed.) The Edinburgh Edition of Thomas Reid, 10 vols. Edinburgh, UK: Edinburgh University Press
- Knud Haakonssen (general ed.) Natural Law and Enlightenment Classics, 43 titles. Liberty Press.
- (Co-ed.) (2010) Thomas Reid, Essays on the Active Powers of Man, Edinburgh, UK: Edinburgh University Press.
- (Co-ed.) (2015) Thomas Reid on Society and Politics, Edinburgh, UK: Edinburgh University Press.
- (Co-ed.) (2017) Ludvig Holberg (1684-1754): Learning and Literature in the Nordic Enlightenment, Abingdon, Oxon, UK: Routledge
Email: k.haakonssen [at] gmail.com