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Nils Holtug

Nils Holtug

Professor with special responsibilities


Apart from being Professor of Political Philosophy, I am the Director of Centre for Advanced Migration Studies.

Current research

My primary areas of research include equality, prioritarianism, multiculturalism, migration, secularism, social cohesion, population ethics, global justice, normative ethics and personal identity.

I am currently working on two issues, theories of justice (egalitarianism and prioritarianism in particular) and migration.

As regards the latter, I am PI in a research project titled The Politics of Social Cohesion, for which I have received a Sapere Aude Top-researcher grant from the Indepedent Research Fund Denmark.

And I am working on a book provisionally titled The Politics of Social Cohesion. Immigration, Community and Justice, under contract with Oxford University Press.

Teaching and supervision

I teach and supervise in political philosophy, normative ethics, applied ethics, metaethics, migration and personal identity.


At the Faculty of Humanities my research is used as an example of the impact the humanities researchers have on society.
Read the case: Research into values contributes to a more nuanced debate on integration

Selected publications

  1. Published

    Do Shared Values Promote Social Cohesion? If So, Which? Evidence From Denmark

    Breidahl, K. N., Holtug, N. & Kongshøj, K. 2018 In : European Political Science Review. 10, 1, p. 97-118

    Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

  2. Published

    Identity, Causality and Social Cohesion

    Holtug, N. 2017 In : Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies. 43, 7, p. 1084-1100 17 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

  3. Published

    A Fair Distribution of Refugees in the European Union

    Holtug, N. 2016 In : Journal of Global Ethics. 12, 3, p. 279-288 10 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

  4. Published

    The Value of Coming into Existence

    Holtug, N. 2015 The Ethics of Killing Animals. Visak, T. & Garner, R. (eds.). Oxford: Oxford University Press, p. 101-114 14 p.

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingBook chapter

  5. Published

    Killing and the Time-relative Interest Account

    Holtug, N. 2011 In : Journal of Ethics. 15, 3, p. 169-189 21 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

  6. Published

    Persons, Interests, and Justice

    Holtug, N. 2010 Oxford: Oxford University Press. 368 p.

    Research output: Book/ReportBook

  7. Published

    Nationalism and Multiculturalism in a World of Immigration

    Holtug, N. (ed.), Lippert-Rasmussen, K. (ed.) & Lægaard, S. (ed.) 2009 Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan. 280 p.

    Research output: Book/ReportAnthology

  8. Published

    A Note on Conditional Egalitarianism

    Holtug, N. 2007 In : Economics and Philosophy. 23, p. 45-63

    Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

  9. Published

    Egalitarianism: New Essays on the Nature and Value of Equality

    Holtug, N. (ed.) & Lippert-Rasmussen, K. (ed.) 2006 Oxford: Oxford University Press. 339 p.

    Research output: Book/ReportBook

  10. Published

    The Harm Principle

    Holtug, N. 2003 In : Ethical Theory and Moral Practice. 5, 4, p. 357-389 33 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

  11. Published

    Egalitarianism and the levelling down objection

    Holtug, N. 1998 In : Analysis. 58, 2, p. 166-174 9 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

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