Professor Knud Haakonssen
Honorary Professor of History
Office: 24 Gordon Square
External phone: 020 7679 7124
Internal phone: 37124
Knud Haakonssen works on early-modern moral and political thought and on the Enlightenment. His main interest is currently in natural law and natural rights from Hugo Grotius to Immanuel Kant. In addition, the intellectual historian’s overriding concern with texts is reflected in several large editorial projects.
He is Professor Emeritus of Intellectual History at the University of Sussex and Honorary Professor of History at University College, London, as well as Long-term Fellow of the Swedish Collegium for Advanced Study, Uppsala, and Adjunct Professor of Philosophy at Boston University.
In the spring semester of 2012 he is the Lim Chong Yah Professor in Political Science at the National University of Singapore.
In September 2012 Professor Haakonssen and Dr. Angus Gowland inaugurate the London-Sussex international summer school for graduate students in intellectual history (see http://www.ucl.ac.uk/history/history-new-events-pub/London-Sussex_summer_school_in_IH_at_UCL). Professor Haakonssen has supervised many dissertations in history, philosophy and political theory.
Select publications (books):
The Science of a Legislator. The Natural Jurisprudence of David Hume and Adam Smith. Cambridge UP, 1981. French, Japanese, Chinese translations
Natural Law and Moral Philosophy: From Grotius to the Scottish Enlightenment. Cambridge UP, 1996. Chinese translation.
Enlightenments and Religions. 14th C. Th. Dimaras Lecture (2009), Institute for Neohellenic Research, Athens 2010 [pamphlet]
Thomas Reid, Practical Ethics; being Lectures and Papers on Natural Religion, Self-Government, Natural Jurisprudence and the Law of Nations. Princeton UP, 1990. Revised edition: Thomas Reid on Practical Ethics, Edinburgh UP, 2007
David Hume, Political Essays. Cambridge Texts in the History of Political Thought, Cambridge UP, 1994. Portuguese & Serbian translations.
Adam Smith, The Theory of Moral Sentiments. Cambridge Texts in the History of Philosophy. Cambridge UP, 2001. Chinese translation.
Thomas Reid, Essays on the Intellectual Powers of Man. Edinburgh UP, 2002.
Thomas Reid, Essays on the Active Powers of Man. Edinburgh UP, 2010.
(general ed.) The Edinburgh Edition of Thomas Reid, Edinburgh UP, 10 vols., 7 published.
(general ed.) Natural Law and Enlightenment Classics, Liberty Fund, 43 titles., 34 published. Includes The Works and Correspondence of Francis Hutcheson, 7 vols., 5 published.
(co-ed.) A Culture of Rights: The Bill of Rights in Philosophy, Politics and Law - 1791 and 1991, Cambridge UP, 1991.
(ed.) Enlightenment and Religion: Rational Dissent in Eighteenth-Century Britain, Ideas in Context, Cambridge UP, 1996.
(ed.) The Cambridge History of Eighteenth-Century Philosophy, 2 vols, Cambridge UP, 2006. Chinese translation, forthcoming 2013.
(ed.) The Cambridge Companion to Adam Smith, Cambridge UP, 2006. Chinese translation, 2012.
(co-ed.) Northern Antiquities and National Identities. Perceptions of Denmark and the North in the Eighteenth Century, Royal Danish Academy of Sciences and Letters, Copenhagen, 2008
(co-ed.), Dugald Stewart: His Development in Scottish and European Context, special issue of History of European Ideas, 38/1 (2012).
Select publications (papers):
‘Protestant Natural Law Theory: A General Interpretation’ in New Essays on the History of Autonomy. A Collection Honoring J.B. Schneewind, ed. N. Brender and L. Krasnoff, Cambridge UP, 2004, 92-109.
‘German Natural Law’, in Cambridge History of Eighteenth-Century Political Thought, ed. M. Goldie and R. Wokler, Cambridge UP, 2006, 251-90.
‘Natural Law’, Routledge Encyclopedia of Ethics, ed. J. Skorupski, Routledge, 2010, 76-87.
‘Natural Jurisprudence and the Identity of the Scottish Enlightenment’, in Religion and philosophy in Enlightenment Britain, ed. R. Savage, Oxford UP, 2012, 258-277
‘Natural Rights or Political Prudence? Toleration in Francis Hutcheson’, in Natural Law and Toleration in the Early Enlightenment, ed. J. Parkin and T. Stanton, Proceedings of the British Academy, 2012.
‘Natural Law and Personhood: Samuel Pufendorf on Social Explanation’, Max Weber Lecture, European University Institution, 2010: http://cadmus.eui.eu/handle/1814/14934
(co-author) ‘The Context of the Stewart-Prevost Correspondence’, in Dugald Stewart: His Development in Scottish and European Context, special issue of History of European Ideas, 2012
‘Enlightenment and the Ubiquity of Natural Law’, in Jahrbuch der Österreichischen Gesellschaft zur Erforschung des 18. Jahrhunderts, forthcoming 2012
‘Holbergs Pufendorf – men hvilken Pufendorf?’, in Holbergs naturrett, eds. Jørgen Sejersted and Eiliv Vinje, Oslo, Gyldendal Akademisk, forthcoming 2012
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