Oliver Sensen Associate Professor Department of Philosophy Tulane University

Oliver Sensen

Associate Professor
105J Newcomb Hall


Ph.D. Cambridge University


Academic Interests

  • Kant
  • Modern Philosophy
  • Ethics

Honors and Awards

  • Supported by the Mellon Foundation's Young Humanist Fund
  • Former Vice President of the North American Kant Society
  • Projects supported by the German DFG and Tulane's Center for Ethics and Public Affairs
  • Teaching Awards from Harvard's Bok Center and Tulane's GSSA
  • Co-founder of the Southern study group of the North American Kant Society
  • Visiting Professor at MIT and the University of Bremen, Germany
  • Affiliated with the Medical Ethics Program at Tulane's Medical School


Selected Articles

  • "Universal Law and Poverty Relief" in Ethical Theory and Moral Practice, 2022.
  • "How to Treat Someone with Respect" in R. Dean and O. Sensen (eds.): Respect, Oxford University Press, 2022, pp. 99-117.
  • "Freedom and Determinism" in V. Waibel et al. (eds.): Natur und Freiheit. Akten des XII. Kant Kongresses, forthcoming.
  • "Kant's Constitutivism" in E. Schmidt and R. dos Santos (eds.), Kant's Moral Anti-/Realism, Berlin: de Gruyter, forthcoming.
  • "Respect for Intellectually Disabled People" in T. Hill and A. Cureton (eds.): Disability in Practice, Oxford University Press, forthcoming.
  • "The 'Dialectic' of Kant's Critique of Practical Reason" in S. Baiasu and M. Timmons (eds.), Kantian Minds, Routledge, forthcoming.
  • "Dignity: Kant's Revolutionary Conception" in R. Debes (ed.): Dignity, Oxford University Press, forthcoming.
  • "Rights" and "Dignity" in C. Wuerth (ed.): The Cambridge Kant-Lexicon, Cambridge University Press, forthcoming.
  • "Kant on Human Dignity reconsidered" in Kant-Studien 106 (2015), pp. 107-129. View on degruyter.com.
  • "The Supreme Principle of Morality" in R. Clewis (ed.): Kant as Lecturer, Berlin: de Gruyter, 2015, pp. 179-199.
  • "Die Begründung des Kategorischen Imperativs" in D. Schönecker (ed.): Kants Begründung von Freiheit und Moral in Grundlegung III, Mentis, 2015, pp. 233-258.
  • "Autonomie," and "Heteronomie" in G. Mohr et al. (eds.): Kant-Lexikon, Berlin: de Gruyter, 2015.
  • "Kants Begriff des Gewissens" in S. Bunke and K. Mihaylova (eds.): Gewissen zwischen Gefühl und Vernunft, Königshausen und Neumann, 2015: 126-138.
  • "Universalizing as a Moral Demand" in Estudos Kantianos 2 (2014): 169-184.
  • "Respect Towards Elderly Demented Patients" in Diametros 39 (2014): 109-124.
  • "Moral Realism and Its Alternatives" in Dissertatio 39 (2014): 11-30.
  • "Kant's Constructisivm"in C. Bagnoli (ed.): Constructivism in Ethics, Cambridge University Press, 2013, pp. 63-81.
  • "Kant on Duties Towards Other Human Beings from Respect," in: Trampota et al. (eds.), Kant's Tugendlehre, Berlin: de Gruyter, 2013, pp. 343-363.
  • "The Role of Feelings in Kant's Moral Thought" in Studi-Kantiani 25 (2012): 45-58.
  • "Friendship in Kant's Moral Thought" in D. Caluori (ed.): The Philosophy of Friendship: Historical and Contemporary Perspectives, London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2012, pp. 143-160.
  • "Kant" in G. Gaus and F. D'Agostino (eds.): The Routledge Companion to Social and Political Philosophy, London: Routledge, 2012, pp. 103-113.
  • "The Moral Significance of Autonomy"in O. Sensen (ed.): Kant on Moral Autonomy, Cambridge University Press, 2012, pp. 262-281.
  • "Kant's Conception of Inner Value" in: European Journal of Philosophy 19 (2011), pp. 262-280.
  • "Human Dignity in Historical Perspective: The Contemporary and Traditional Paradigms" in: European Journal of Political Theory 10 (2011), pp. 71-91. 
  • "Dignity and the Formula of Humanity (ad IV 429, IV 435)" in: Jens Timmermann (ed.): Kant's Groundwork of the Metaphysics of Morals: A Critical Guide, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2010, pp. 102-118.
  • "Kant's Conception of Human Dignity" in: Kant-Studien 100 (2009), pp. 309-331.