New PhD student: Didde Boisen Andersen

Didde Boisen Andersen's PhD project will address a key issue within political theory regarding how the state should balance concerns regarding the welfare of the people and concerns about autonomy.

03.02.2017 | Ingrid Marie Fossum

My name is Didde Boisen Andersen and I am a new PhD student at the department. I hold both a BSc and MSc in public health from Aarhus University.

Ever since I finished my bachelor-thesis treating the plausibility of paternalistic arguments for governmental interventions regarding people’s sunbed behavior, my interest in political theory has grown and as far as possible, I tried to focus my MSc towards subjects within the field of political theory. Therefore, I am very happy to get the chance to continue working within this field of study.

My PhD project will address a key issue within political theory regarding how the state should balance concerns regarding the welfare of the people and concerns about autonomy. The focus of the project will be on those situations where individuals harm or risk harming their own body for beautifying or social reasons, but where the behavior seems to be autonomous and explore what the role of the state should be in these situations. In relation to this, I will explore where - if there should be any - the limits of consent should be, focusing especially on cases that are more controversial. Søren Flinch Midtgaard and Kasper Lippert-Rasmussen will be supervising the project. 

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