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Christian F. Rostbøll

Christian F. Rostbøll

Head of PhD programme, Professor MSO

Member of:

  • Political Theory

Primary fields of research

My research focuses on the following themes within political theory: the justification of democracy, conceptions of freedom, autonomy, respect, freedom of expression, liberalism, republicanism, Kant, neo-Kantianism, Habermas

Current research

I am currently working on the possibility of giving a non-instrumental justication of democracy. I defend a freedom argument for democracy that does not entail procedure-independent epistemic standards.

A second project concerns the meaning, use, and value of compromises in politics. I am particularly interested in exploring whether making compromises are required for the democratic legitimacy of political decisions.


Recent Courses:

  • Political Theory and the History of Political Thought
  • Kant's Practical Philosophy
  • Civil Disobedience
  • The Politics of Recognition




Selected publications

  1. Published

    Kant, Freedom as Independence, and Democracy

    Rostbøll, C. F. 10 Jun 2016 In : The Journal of Politics. 78, 3, p. 792-805 14 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

  2. Published

    Deliberative Freedom: Deliberative Democracy as Critical Theory

    Rostbøll, C. F. 2008 Albany, NY, USA: State University of New York Press. 312 p.

    Research output: Book/ReportBook

  3. Published

    The Non-Instrumental Value of Democracy: The Freedom Argument

    Rostbøll, C. F. Jun 2015 In : Constellations. 22, 2, p. 267-278 12 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

  4. Published

    Non-domination and democratic legitimacy

    Rostbøll, C. F. 1 Jul 2015 In : Critical Review of International Social and Political Philosophy. 18, 4, p. 424-439 16 p., DOI:10.1080/13698230.2015.1033862

    Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

  5. Published

    Kantian Autonomy and Political Liberalism

    Rostbøll, C. F. 2011 In : Social Theory and Practice. 37, 3, p. 341-364 24 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

  6. Published

    Immanuel Kant

    Rostbøll, C. F. May 2015 Djøf Forlag. 122 p. (Statskundskabens klassikere).

    Research output: Book/ReportBook

  7. Published

    Jürgen Habermas

    Rostbøll, C. F. 2011 1 ed. Kbh.: Djøf Forlag. 131 p. (Statskundskabens klassikere).

    Research output: Book/ReportBook

  8. Published

    Autonomy, Respect, and Arrogance in the Danish Cartoon Controversy

    Rostbøll, C. F. 2009 In : Political Theory. 37, 5, p. 623-648 26 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

Selected activities

  1. COMPROMISE: Democratic Ideals and Real Politics

    Rostbøll, C. F. (Participant)
    1 Jan 201431 Dec 2017

    Activity: OtherOther (prizes, external teaching and other activities) - Prizes, scholarships, distinctions

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