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Two postdoctoral Research Fellowships (EXPIRED)

Department of Philosophy, Classics, History of Art and Ideas, University of Oslo

Job category Postdoc or similar / Fixed term
AOS History of political philosophy, preferably around Kant
AOS categories History of Philosophy
Applied Ethics
Feminist Philosophy
Normative Ethics
Philosophy of Law
Philosophy of Race
Social and Political Philosophy
Value Theory
AOC Legal and political philosophy
AOC categories 19th/20th Century Philosophy
Continental Philosophy
Early Modern Philosophy
Philosophy of Gender
Philosophy of Race
Workload Full time
Vacancies 2
Organization's reference number University of Oslo
Location Oslo, Norway
Start date 1. April 2022
Job description

Two Postdoctoral Research Fellowships (SKO 1352) are available at the Department of Philosophy, Classics, History of Art and Ideas, University of Oslo. The Postdoctoral Research Fellowship is funded by the Research Council of Norway and is associated with the project The Kantian Foundations of Democracy, 324272 - FORSKER21. The candidate is expected to present a research project closely connected to the main project. Kantian Foundations of Democracy aims to provide the first large-scale analysis of the theory of democracy of the neglected "Kantian School". These were philosophers active in Germany in the 1790s, and included Erhard, Maimon, Heydenreich, Bergk, Reinhold, Tieftrunk, Feuerbach, Jakob, Reimarus, Schlegel, and the early Fichte. Their theories are notable for bringing out fully the Kantian concepts of right, equality, autonomy, and popular sovereignty; for their sophisticated analysis of enlightenment in the public sphere, and their support for popular revolutionary movements. The aim is not just to gain new historical knowledge, but to contribute to improving our understanding of Kant's basic principles, as well as those of democracy more broadly.

The successful candidate will examine either Kantian principles of right and their connection to political rights (Task 1), Kantian principles of popular sovereignty (Task 2), or Kantian views of reform and popular revolution (Task 3). Projects may engage with all four crosscutting questions of Kantian Foundations of Democracy (please see project description). Projects may focus more narrowly on one or two of the Kantians, but comparisons to other Kantians and Kant should be included. The research will apply methodology from the fields of philosophy, political theory, legal theory, and intellectual history. An interdisciplinary background in the above-mentioned fields is an advantage. The successful candidate is expected to produce three peer-reviewed articles or a monograph during the two-year period. The position is available for a period of 2 years. The candidate is expected to develop a project description, which must be submitted as a part of the application. The successful candidates are expected to be based in Oslo during the project period, starting 1 April 2022. They will actively collaborate with the project’s team, and participate in the Practical Philosophy Group and other relevant departmental activities. The main purpose of postdoctoral research fellowships is to qualify researchers for work in higher academic positions within their disciplines.


  • PhD  or equivalent academic qualifications with a specialization in philosophy, political theory, legal theory, intellectual history, or other areas if relevant for the project
  • The candidate's research project must be closely connected to Kantian Foundations of Democracy
  • Fluent oral and written communication skills in English
  • German language skills sufficient for analysing philosophical literature
  • Personal suitability and motivation for the position

The doctoral dissertation must be submitted for evaluation by the closing date. Appointment is dependent on the public defence of the doctoral thesis being approved.

In the evaluation of the applications, emphasis will be placed on:

  • The research project’s scientific merit and novelty, and its relevance for Kantian Foundations of Democracy
  • The applicant’s estimated academic and personal ability to carry out the project within the allotted time frame and to contribute to Kantian Foundations of Democracy
  • Good co-operative skills, and the ability to successfully join in academic collaboration within and across disciplines

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How to apply
Application type Online
For more information about the research project, see the website for Kantian Foundations of Democracy: https://www.hf.uio.no/ifikk/english/research/projects/the-kantian-foundations-of-democracy/
Web address to apply https://www.jobbnorge.no/en/available-jobs/job/212...
Hard deadline January 7, 2022, 11:59pm CET
Web address for more information https://www.hf.uio.no/ifikk/english/research/proje...
Contact name Reidar Maliks
Contact email
Contact phone +4795948171
Time created December 7, 2021, 10:14pm UTC
Scheduled expiry date January 7, 2022, 11:59pm CET
Expired on January 9, 2022, 12:46am CET
Last updated January 8, 2022, 11:46pm UTC
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