Varden’s main research interests are in Kant's practical philosophy as well as legal, political, and feminist philosophy. In addition to her book book--Sex, Love, and Gender: A Kantian Theory (OUP 2020), she has published on a range of classical philosophical issues, including Kant’s answer to the murderer at the door, private property, political obligations, and political legitimacy, as well as on applied issues such as terrorism, care relations, privacy, poverty, and our moral responsibilities for animals.
Kant’s practial philosophy, Legal and political philosophy, feminist philosophy, applied ethics, philosophy of sex and love.
Philosophy, Ph.D., University of Toronto
Philosophy, M.A., Arctic University of Norway
Philosophy, B.A., Arctic University of Norway
Industrial Relations and Personnel Management, MSc, The London School of Economics and Political Science
Business Management , B.A., University of Newcastle
Additional Campus Affiliations
Professor of Women and Gender Studies
Affiliate of The Unit for Criticism and Interpretive Theory Affiliate
Affiliate of The European Union Center.
Varden, Helga "Kant and Moral Responsibility for Animals". and Callanan, John J Allais, Lucy (ed.). Kant and Animals. Chapter 8, Oxford University Press. 2020, 157-175. https://doi.org/10.1093/oso/9780198859918.003.0009
Varden, Helga Sex, Love, and Gender: A Kantian Theory Oxford University Press. 2020.
Varden, Helga. "Kant on Sex. Reconsidered. A Kantian Account of Sexuality: Sexual Love, Sexual Identity, and Sexual Orientation". Feminist Philosophy Quarterly. 2018, 4(1). 1-33. https://doi.org/10.5206/fpq/2018.1.1
Varden, Helga "Kant’s Moral Theory and Feminist Ethics: Women, Embodiment, Care Relations, and Systemic Injustice". Garavaso, Pieranna (editors). The Bloomsbury Companion to Analytic Feminism. Bloomsbury Companions. Bloomsbury Academic Press. 2018, 459-482. https://doi.org/10.5040/9781474297806.0032
Varden, Helga "A feminist, Kantian conception of the right to bodily integrity: The cases of abortion and homosexuality". The Right to Bodily Integrity. Taylor and Francis. 2017, 153-177. https://doi.org/10.4324/9781315237367