Knud Haakonssen works on early-modern moral and political thought and on the Enlightenment. His main interest is currently in natural law and natural rights from Hugo Grotius to Immanuel Kant. In addition, the intellectual historian’s central concern with texts is reflected in several large editorial projects.

He is currently based as a Long-term Fellow at the Max Weber Centre for Advanced Cultural and Social Studies, University of Erfurt, where he directs the Forschungsstelle für frühneuzeitliches Naturrecht/Research Centre for Early-Modern Natural Law. He is also Professor of Intellectual History (part-time) at the University of St. Andrews and Honorary Professor of History at University College, London. He is Professor Emeritus of Intellectual History at the University of Sussex.