Martin Hägglund

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Martin Hägglund
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Born23 November 1976 (1976-11-23) (age 46)
EraContemporary philosophy
RegionWestern philosophy
SchoolContinental philosophy
Main interests
Philosophy, literature, and politics

Martin Hägglund (born 23 November 1976) is a Swedish philosopher[2] and scholar of modernist literature.[3] He is the Birgit Baldwin Professor of Humanities at Yale University.[4] He is also a member of the Harvard Society of Fellows,[5] serving as a Junior Fellow from 2009 to 2012. Hägglund is the author of This Life: Secular Faith and Spiritual Freedom (2019), Dying for Time: Proust, Woolf, Nabokov (2012), Radical Atheism: Derrida and the Time of Life (2008), and Kronofobi: Essäer om tid och ändlighet (Chronophobia: Essays on Time and Finitude, 2002). He was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship in 2018[6] and won the René Wellek Prize in 2020.[7]


This Life (2019)[edit]

In This Life: Secular Faith and Spiritual Freedom (2019), Hägglund pursues a critique of the religious ideal of eternity and reconceives faith in secular terms as the fundamental form of practical commitment. Through new interpretations of G.W.F. Hegel, Karl Marx, and Martin Luther King Jr., Hägglund develops the social and political stakes of his analysis of our temporal existence, arguing that labor under capitalism alienates us from our finite lifetime. Calling for a revaluation of our values, Hägglund presents a vision of democratic socialism as a post-capitalist form of life in which we could truly own our time and recognize our shared freedom.

Dying for Time (2012)[edit]

Dying for Time offers new readings of the problem of temporality in the writings of Marcel Proust, Virginia Woolf, and Vladimir Nabokov. Through an engagement with Sigmund Freud and Jacques Lacan, Hägglund also develops an original theory of the relation between time and desire ("chronolibido"), addressing mourning and melancholia, pleasure and pain, attachment and loss.

Radical Atheism (2008)[edit]

Radical Atheism is a major intervention in deconstruction, offering a novel account of Jacques Derrida's thinking of time and space, life and death, good and evil, self and other. As Hägglund argues, all our commitments presuppose an investment in and care for finite life. Developing a deconstructive account of time, Hägglund shows how Derrida rethinks the constitution of identity, ethics, religion, and political emancipation in accordance with the condition of temporal finitude.


  • This Life: Secular Faith and Spiritual Freedom, Pantheon Books, 2019.
  • Dying for Time: Proust, Woolf, Nabokov, Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 2012.
  • Radical Atheism: Derrida and the Time of Life, Stanford: Stanford University Press, Meridian: Crossing Aesthetics, 2008.
  • Kronofobi: Essäer om tid och ändlighet (Chronophobia: Essays on Time and Finitude), Stockholm/Stehag: Brutus Östlings Bokförlag Symposion, 2002.


  1. ^ "How to be a Marxist".
  2. ^ Brown, Nathan (2019). "The Revival of Hegelian Marxism: On Martin Hägglund's This Life". Radical Philosophy (206): 34–42.
  3. ^ "Terror and Beauty: Martin Hägglunds Dying for Time". 5 February 2013.
  4. ^ "Hägglund named Baldwin Professor at Yale". 10 May 2021.
  5. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2015-03-10. Retrieved 2010-04-27.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  6. ^ "John Simon Guggenheim Foundation | Martin Hägglund".
  7. ^ "Professor Martin Hägglund wins the prestigious René Wellek Prize | Department of Comparative Literature".

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