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Christian F. Rostbøll

Christian F. Rostbøll

Professor MSO

  • Department of Political Science

Øster Farigmagsgade 5

1353 København K

    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

      Deliberative Freedom: Deliberative Democracy as Critical Theory

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

      Publication: Research - peer-reviewBook

    2. Accepted

      Non-domination and democratic legitimacy

      Rostbøll, C. F. 2014 In : Critical Review of International Social and Political Philosophy.

      Publication: Research - peer-reviewJournal article

    3. Published

      Kantian Autonomy and Political Liberalism

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

      Publication: Research - peer-reviewJournal article

    4. Published

      Jürgen Habermas

      Rostbøll, C. F. 2011 1 ed. Kbh.: Djøf / Jurist- og Økonomforbundet. 131 p. (Statskundskabens klassikere).

      Publication: CommunicationBook

    5. Published

      Autonomy, Respect, and Arrogance in the Danish Cartoon Controversy

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

      Publication: Research - peer-reviewJournal article

    Selected activities


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

      Activity: Other research and communication activitiesPrizes, scholarships, distinctions

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