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Oliver Sensen
  • Assistant Professor Of Philosophy
  • 2008-2009 CEPA Faculty Fellow
  • sensen@tulane.edu
  • Phone: (504) 862-3386
  • 105J Newcomb Hall


Oliver Sensen is Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Tulane University. His research and teaching focus on modern philosophy and ethics, and in particular on Kant’s ethics. Professor Sensen earned his doctorate in philosophy at King’s College, University of Cambridge in 2004. He was a teaching fellow at Harvard, where he earned two teaching awards. At Tulane, he was awarded the Graduate Studies Student Association’s award for excellence in graduate teaching in 2007. Professor Sensen’s research has been funded by the AHRB in the UK as well as the Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes, DAAD, and DFG in Germany. He is currently completing a book on Kant’s conception of human dignity


Edited Volumes

  • Co-Editor, Kant’s Tugendlehre: A Commentary (Berlin: De Gruyter, forthcoming in 2009).


  • “Kant’s Conception of Human Dignity,” Kant-Studien, forthcoming.
  • “Human Dignity in Historical Perspective: The Contemporary and Traditional Paradigms,” European Journal of Political Theory, forthcoming.
  • “Kant on Duties Towards Other Human Beings from Respect,” in Trampota and Sensen (eds.), Kant’s Tugendlehre (Berlin: de Gruyter forthcoming in 2009).
  • “Dignity and the Formula of Humanity” in Jens Timmermann, ed., Kant’s Groundwork: A Critical Guide (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, forthcoming in 2009).
  • “Kant’s Treatment of Human Dignity in the Groundwork” in Rohden, Valerio et al., eds., Recht und Frieden in der Philosophie Kants: Akten des X Internationalen Kant-Kongresses (Berlin: de Gruyter), 2008.
  • “Kants Begriff der Menschenwurde,” in Bormann and Schroer, eds., Abwagende Vernunft (Berlin: de Gruyter, 2004).

The Murphy Institute

Established in memory of Charles H. Murphy, Sr. (1870-1954), and inspired by the vision of Charles H. Murphy, Jr. (1920-2002), The Murphy Institute exists to help Tulane faculty and students understand economic, moral, and political problems we all face and think about. More important, it exists to help us understand how these problems have come to be so closely interconnected.