Pluralism, Democracy, and Justice (PDJ)



PDJ specializes in contemporary, normative political philosophy. Taking a problem-oriented approach, PDJ emphasizes the role that political philosophy can and should play in dealing with the real world challenges and conflicts of our time, such as rising economic inequalities, cultural and political polarization, distrust of democratic procedures, extremism and radicalization, marginalization of minorities and vulnerable groups. Our research covers issues of democratic theory, cultural and religious pluralism, migration and integration, human rights, legal theory, capabilities and human flourishing, climate change, global justice and distributive justice. 


In 2021-2025 PDJ hosts a research project on Good Integration (GOODINT): Goals and bottlenecks of good integration and social cohesion (RCN 313846). 


For research interests of individual group members, visit our Members page.


Group leader: Annamari Vitikainen

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Last updated: September 2021


14th-16th December 2021, UiT Tromsø 

The official launch and workshop focusing on good integration and equality of opportunity (WP1), with confirmed keynote speaakers: Grete Brochmann (University of Oslo) and Anne Phillips (London School of Economics).

To learn more and/or register your attendance at the reception, please click here

For more information, contact Andreas Føllesdal or Annamari Vitikainen.


Workshop 'Enduring injustices and Truth and Reconciliation Commissions for Indigenous peoples'

The presentations and discussions of this workshop now can be found here.

NFR funding for project Good Integration (GOODINT)

The project "Good Integration (GOODINT): Goals and Bottlenecks of Good Integration and Social Cohesion" (2021-2025) has received funding by the Norwegian Research Council. It is hosted by PDJ and is led by Annamari Vitikainen and Kasper Lippert-Rasmussen. More info here.

Michael Morreau is key researcher in the newly funded NORDFORSK project Grappling with Uncertainty in Environments Signaling Spurious Experiential Decisions (GUESSED). More info here.

Attila Tanyi is co-editor of the newly published Minding the Future. Artificial Intelligence, Philosophical Visions and Science Fiction.
Have a look at the book here.

Kerstin Reibold defended her thesis on Indigenous rights, supersession, and moral status equality on December, 7th, 2020. For more info and a link to the thesis, look here.

CEPDISC new collaboration partner of PDJ

The Centre for the Experimental-Philosophical Study of Discrimination - CEPDISC - is a centre of excellence devoted the experimental-philosophical study of discrimination. The centre is headed by Professor of Political Science Kasper Lippert-Rasmussen.


New podcasts from the Indigenous Land Rights and Reconciliation conference available

For more information, click here