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Hi! I am associate professor in philosophy of science and ethics at Aarhus University, working mainly in cross- and transdisciplinary research projects in the field of food, agriculture and environment.

Hugo with kitten

In philosophy of science I place myself in the pragmatist tradition from Charles S. Peirce, inspired by later scientists and thinkers such as Niels Bohr, Gregory Bateson, Robert M. Pirsig and Niklas Luhmann. I work with a perspectivist framework in line with Ronald Giere’s scientific perspectivism, but with a cross-disciplinary focus. Important theoretical fields in my work are Peircean semiotics, biosemiotics and social systems theory.

In ethics I am mainly inspired by Hans Jonas’ ethics of responsibility, but also by Aldo Leopold’s land ethic and more recent work in technological and environmental ethics. I focus on the ethics of knowledge and science and ethics in relation to societal, technological and ecological systems, including recent systemic ethical concepts such as sustainability, precaution and ecological justice.

I have a background in agricultural science and a PhD in systemic research methodology and ethics from 2001. In 2002 I founded the international online Organic Eprints research archive, which now contains more than 15000 research papers. In 2004–2005 I served as expert member of the global task force on rewriting the principles of organic agriculture. Currently I am project leader of the Danish transdisciplinary research project MultiTrust (, and Work Package leader in the crossdisciplinary EU research project HealthyGrowth ( Since 2008 I have developed and taught the course in Philosophy of agricultural science at Aarhus University. Full CV below.

Hugo Fjelsted Alrĝe, Associate Professor, Ph.D.
Section for Agricultural Systems and Sustainability
Department of Agroecology, Aarhus University
Office address: Research Centre Foulum, Building PV22, Blichers Allé 20
P.O. Box 50, 8830 Tjele, Denmark
Department phone: +45 8999 1800
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Email: hugo.f.alroe {at}

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