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Moeller, Sofie, Dr.


sofie [Punkt] moeller (at) normativeorders [Punkt] net

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  • Goethe-Universität Frankfurt
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    60323 Frankfurt am Main

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    Programming period 2012-2019

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Research topic

Kantian social progress

Brief description of research topic

In discussions of social progress, Kant’s approach to the topic is perceived as relying on an outdated account of evolution and as inconsistent with Kant’s own account of objective moral standards. The aim of my project to show that this interpretation is too hasty and that Kant’s account of progress offers a viable account of historical developments and the necessary presuppositions of political agency that remains open to the contingencies of history. While most aspects of Kant’s thought are well documented, his account of progress has received relatively little attention in recent scholarship. Some work has been done on Kant’s notion of progress in the perspective of the philosophy of history but the importance of Kant’s account of progress for legal and political philosophy remains largely unexplored. This project explores the relationship between legal, political and moral progress, which I for the sake of brevity call ‘social progress’. The aim of my project with the title “Kantian social progress” is to fill this lacuna by exploring what relevance the Kantian notion of progress can have for contemporary debates on social progress.

Subject areas

Political philosophy, legal philosophy, history of philosophy, intellectual history

Main research interests

My research broadly focuses on Kant’s legal and political philosophy and their foundations in his theoretical philosophy. I intervene in contemporary discussions on legal and political philosophy from a Kantian standpoint informed by intellectual history.
In my current research project, I am researching Kant’s understanding of the relationship between legal and moral progress.
In the book Kant’s Tribunal of Reason. Legal metaphor and normativity in the Critique of Pure Reason (CUP, 2020), I investigated the legal metaphors of Kant’s Critique of Pure Reason.

Biographical Details

I work on legal and political philosophy in a Kantian framework. I studied philosophy and semiotics in Copenhagen, Berlin and Bologna and received my doctorate from the European University Institute in 2017. I have been a visiting research scholar at Brown University and a fellow of the Danish Academy in Rome. At the Research Centre, I am researching the conception of social progress in a Kantian framework and I have published with the European Journal of Political Theory and Kant Studien. I am author of the book "Kant’s Tribunal of Reason. Legal structures of the Critique of Pure Reason", which was published by Cambridge University Press.

Publications

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      • Moeller, Sofie (i.E.): “Zurechnung und Rechtsprechung bei Achenwall“, Rechtsphilosophie – Zeitschrift für die Grundlagen des Rechts (i.E.).
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      • Moeller, Sofie (forthcoming): Kant on Non-linear Progress, Etica e Politica/Ethics and Politics
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    • 2013
      • Moeller, Sofie (2013): Human Rights Jurisprudence Seen through the Framework of Kant’s Legal Metaphors. In: Kantian Theory and Human Rights, edited by Reidar Maliks and Andreas Føllesdal, 52–69. London: Routledge, 2013.
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      • Moeller, Sofie (2013): The Court of Reason in Kant’s Critique of Pure Reason. Kant-Studien 104, 3 (2013): 301–20.
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  • Book chapter
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      • Moeller, Sofie (forthcoming): “Sui Juris and The Value of a Human Being as a Legal Person”, In: Kant on Moral Worth, ed. Robinson Dos Santos, de Gruyter, Berlin.
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    • 2021
      • Moeller, Sofie (2021): “Quid Juris and Judicial Imputation”, In Proceedings of the 13th International Kant Congress ‘The Court of Reason’ (Oslo, 6-9 August 2019). Eds. Camilla Serck-Hanssen and Beatrix Himmelmann. Berlin/Boston: Walter de Gruyter (2021).
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    • 2020
      • Moeller, Sofie (2020): The Politics of Reason. In: Reason, Rights and Law: New Essays on Kantian Philosophy, eds. A. Pinheiro Walla and M. R. Demiray. University of Wales Press.
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      • Moeller, Sofie (2020): “Normative orders in Kantian Thought“. In Navigating the Frontiers of Normative Orders, M. C. Kettemann (ed.), Frankfurt am Main: Campus Verlag (2020)
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  • Monograph
  • Review
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    • 2018
      • Moeller, Sofie (2018): "Tyskland misbruger juridiske kneb, så de slipper for at give migranter rettigheder" (”Germany is abusing legal tricks to avoid granting migrants rights”), Dagbladet Information, 20.08.18
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