Background and activities

Webpage Roe Fremstedal

Roe Fremstedal (b. 1977) returned to NTNU in the fall of 2019 after six years at University of Tromsø – The Arctic University of Norway as professor (2014-19) and associate professor (2013-14). He studied philosophy in Trondheim, Oslo, Copenhagen and Northfield (MN), receiving his Ph.D. from the Faculty of Humanities at NTNU (2010). Fremstedal has previously been guest professor (Gastwissenschaftler) at Goethe-University, Frankfurt am Main (2017-18), associate and assistant professor at NTNU (2002-06, 2009, 2010, 2011-13), lecturer at Gateway College (2004) and Norwegian Defence University College (2003-07), as well as external examiner at NTNU (2013-19), University of Oslo (2017, 2019), University  of Agder (2016), University of Tromsø (spring 2013) and University of Bergen (2012-13).

He is currently working on two book projects, one on ethics, prudence and rational agency and another on Kierkegaard as a post-Kantian philosopher.

Research interests

Existential philosophy, ethics, value theory, action theory, philosophical anthropology and philosophy of religion - especially Kant and Kierkegaard

Scientific, academic and artistic work

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  • Fremstedal, Roe. (2020) Kant and Existentialism: Inescapable Freedom and Self-Deception. The Palgrave Handbook of German Idealism and Existentialism.
  • Fremstedal, Roe. (2020) Kierkegaard on Hope as Essential to Selfhood. The moral psychology of hope.
  • Fremstedal, Roe. (2020) Søren Kierkegaard’s Critique of Eudaimonism and Autonomy. Perfektionismus der Autonomie.






  • Fremstedal, Roe. (2015) Kierkegaard’s Use of German Philosophy: Leibniz to Fichte. A Companion to Kierkegaard.
  • Fremstedal, Roe. (2015) Kierkegaard’s Views on Normative Ethics, Moral Agency, and Metaethics. A Companion to Kierkegaard.
  • Fremstedal, Roe. (2015) Rigorism. Kierkegaard’s Concepts: Objectivity to Sacrifice.
  • Fremstedal, Roe. (2015) Why Be Moral? A Kierkegaardian Approach. Why Be Moral?.
  • Fremstedal, Roe; Jackson, Timothy P.. (2015) Salvation/Eternal Happiness. Kierkegaard's Concepts: Salvation to Writing.


  • Fremstedal, Roe. (2014) Double Movement. Kierkegaard’s Concepts: Classicism to Enthusiasm.
  • Fremstedal, Roe. (2014) Kierkegaard and Kant on Radical Evil and the Highest Good: Virtue, Happiness, and the Kingdom of God. Palgrave Macmillan. 2014. ISBN 9781137440877.


  • Fremstedal, Roe. (2013) Meaning of Life: Peter Wessel Zapffe on the Human Condition. On Meaning in Life.
  • Fremstedal, Roe. (2013) The Evolution of the 100W Circuit: From JTMs to JMP Superleads. The History of Marshall: The First 50 Years.
  • Fremstedal, Roe. (2013) The Moral Argument for the Existence of God and Immortality. Journal of Religious Ethics. vol. 41 (1).
  • Fremstedal, Roe. (2013) Why Be Moral? A Kierkegaardian Approach. Why Be Moral? . Ethics Research Group, UiT; 2013-09-19 - 2013-09-21.




  • Fremstedal, Roe; Materstvedt, Lars Johan; Myskja, Bjørn Kåre; Johansen, Kjell Eyvind. (2010) Kierkegaard and Kant on Anthropology and Religion: Evil, Faith, and Hope. Norges teknisk-naturvitenskapelige universitet. 2010. ISBN 978-82-471-2411-6.


  • Fremstedal, Roe. (2009) Critical remarks on "Religion in the public sphere" - Habermas between Kant and Kierkegaard. Etikk i praksis. vol. 3 (1).



  • Fremstedal, Roe. (2006) Demoraliseringssyndromet, eksistensiell lidelse og fortvilelse. Omsorg: Nordisk tidsskrift for Palliativ Medisin. vol. 23 (4).
  • Fremstedal, Roe. (2006) Forfekter Kierkegaard fundamentalisme i Frygt og Bæven?. Norsk Teologisk Tidsskrift. vol. 107 (2).
  • Fremstedal, Roe. (2006) Wittgenstein and Kierkegaard on the ethico-religious. A contribution to the interpretation of the Kierkegaardian existential philosophy in Wittgenstein's Denkbewegungen. Ideas in History. vol. 1 (1-2).
  • Fremstedal, Roe. (2006) Wittgenstein som religionsfilosof - og spesielt forholdet til Kierkegaard og kristendommen i Denkbewegungen. Norsk Filosofisk tidsskrift. vol. 41 (3).