Jensen, Mads Langballe


The Saxo Institute
University of Copenhagen

Research interests
Early modern natural law; Natural law in early eighteenth century Denmark and Schleswig-Holstein; Enlightenment political thought; Reformation and post-Reformation intellectual history.

Natural law in Denmark 1690-1750: The History of an Enlightenment

Natural Law and the ideological legitimation of Danish colonialism

Selected bibliography concerning Natural law

  • Books

A Humanist in Reformation Politics: Philipp Melanchthon on Political Philosophy and Natural Law (Brill, forthcoming 2019).

  • Articles and Chapters

'Libertas philosophandi and natural law in early eighteenth-century Denmark-Norway', Intellectual History Review, DOI: 10.1080/17496977.2019.1643601.

'Natural law and natural rights in early enlightenment Copenhagen', in Philosophy, Rights and Natural Law, ed. Ian Hunter & Richard Whatmore (Edinburgh University Press, 2019).

'Serving Danish Foreign Policy: Professor Hojer’s 1735 De eo quod iure belli licet in minores', in The Law of Nations and Natural Law, 1625-1850, ed. Simone Zurbuchen (Brill, 2019).

'Contests about natural law in early enlightenment Copenhagen', History of European Ideas vol. 42, no. 8 (2016).

'By convention or by nature – Melanchthon's criticism of late medieval Ockhamist political thought in the Commentarii in aliquot politicos libros Aristotelis', History of Political Thought, vol. 35, no. 1 (2014).

'Ulydighed og modstand mod øvrigheden i tidlig luthersk politisk tænkning' [Disobedience and resistance  against  political  authority  in  early  Lutheran  political  thought], Kritik 199 (2011): 121-128.