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 (part-time) at the Max Weber Centre for Advanced Cultural and Social Studies, University of Erfurt. He directs the Forschungsstelle für frühneuzeitliches Naturrecht/Research Centre for Early-Modern Natural Law which is a joint facility of the Max Weber Centre and the University’s Gotha Research Centre. He is also Professor of Intellectual History (part-time) at the University of St. Andrews and Affiliated Professor of History at the Saxo Institute, University of Copenhagen. He is Professor Emeritus of Intellectual History at the University of Sussex.