Thomas Nørgaard

Founding Co-Dean for Curriculum


Thomas Nørgaard received his DPhil in Philosophy from Oxford in 2002 and has taught at ECLA / Bard College Berlin since then. His main interests are ethics, value theory and educational philosophy. From 2003 - 2012 he was heavily involved in ECLA's organizational development and, along with Peter Hajnal, responsible for the institution's curriculum. From 2003 - 2007 he was Director of the Project Year Programme and member of the institution's Planning Group. From January 2007 - July 2012 he was Co-Dean of the College and Academic Affairs and Managing Director. With Peter Hajnal he is the originator of the Value Studies approach to liberal education that was developed by the faculty between 2007 - 2012. Under their joint leadership the BA in Value Studies (now the BA in Humanities, the Arts, and Social Thought) was introduced in 2009 and the institution recognized as a German University in 2011.

In the fall of 2013 Nørgaard was Visiting Professor at Warsaw University. He spent the spring semester of 2014 as a Research Fellow at NYU. 

Classes taught at Bard College Berlin (selection):

Core Courses:
The School of Greece: Education, Virtue, and Reason in the Athenian debates 479-323 B.C
Innocence & Experience

Foundational and Advanced Modules:
Philosophical Ethics
Introduction to Ethics
Ends and Means
Fundamental Problems in 20th Century Ethics and Political Theory

Project Year Research Topics supervised at Bard College Berlin:
On the Value of Food and Eating
Agent-Regret as a Way of Assuming Responsibility
(Im)partial Motivation in Moral Theory
The Limits of Optimism in Value Conflict
Moral Education


'Kolnai's Idea of Emotional Presentation' in Exploring the World of Human Practice: Readings in and about the Philosophy of Aurel Kolnai, edited by Zoltan Balazs and Francis Dunlop (Central European Press, 2005).

'Iris Murdoch' in Routledge Encyclopedia of Philosophy Online, edited by Edward Craig (Routledge, 2002).