Martin Hägglund

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Martin Hägglund (23 November 1976, Stockholm) is a Swedish philosopher, literary theorist, and scholar of modernist literature. He is the Birgit Baldwin Professor of Humanities at Yale University. He is the author of four books, which have been translated into fifteen languages. Hägglund’s work has been the subject of multiple conferences and journal volumes, including a full-length edition of The New Centennial Review, a symposium in Los Angeles Review of Books, and a special issue of The Philosopher. He has lectured at venues around the world, and his writings have featured in The New York Times and New Statesman. He was elected to the Harvard Society of Fellows in 2009, awarded The Schück Prize by the Swedish Academy in 2014, and received a Guggenheim Fellowship in 2018. His most recent book, This Life, won the René Wellek Prize. (2024)



  • Kronofobi: essäer om tid och ändlighet, Stockholm: B. Östlings Bokförlag Symposion, 2002, 241 pp; new ed., Stockholm: Volante, 2021, 320 pp. New edition includes the essay "Sommarprogram" (2020). Publisher. (Swedish)
  • This Life: Secular Faith and Spiritual Freedom, New York: Pantheon Books, 2019, 450 pp.
    • Vårt enda liv: Sekulär tro och andlig frihet, trans. Andreas Vesterlund, Stockholm: Volante, 2020, 464 pp. Publisher. (Swedish)
    • Ovoj život: sekularna vera i duhovna sloboda [Овој живот: секуларна вера и духовна слобода], trans. Zarko Trajanoski (Жарко Трајаноски), Skopje: Kontrapunkt, 2020. Publisher. [1] (Macedonian)
    • Questa vita: finitezza, socialismo e libertà, trans. Pierluigi Lago, Vicenza: Neri Pozza, 2020, 430 pp. Publisher. (Italian)
    • Vårt enda liv: Sekulär tro och andlig frihet, trans. Andreas Vesterlund, Stockholm: Volante, 2020, 450 pp. Publisher. (Swedish)
    • Nae insaeng ui inmunhak [내 인생의 인문학: 위태로운 존재들을 위한 견고한 철학적 기초], trans. Seung O (오세웅), Paju: Saenggak ui Gil: Areumdaun Saramdeul (생각의길: 아름다운사람들), 2021, 536 pp. (Korean)
    • Dit leven: hoe onze sterfelijkheid ons vrijmaakt, trans. J.R. Braat, Utrecht: Alfabet uitgevers, 2022, 508 pp. (Dutch)
    • Esta vida: por qué la religión y el capitalismo no nos hace libres, trans. Mercedes Vaquero Granados, Madrid: Capitán Swing, 2022, 470 pp. (Spanish)
    • Esta vida. Fé secular e liberdade espiritual, Lisbon: Temas e Debates, 2022, 472 pp. Publisher. (Portuguese)
    • Dieses eine Leben. Glaube ohne Religion, Freiheit ohne Kapitalismus, trans. Stephanie Singh, Munich: C.H.Beck, 2024, 528 pp. (German)
  • Vårt enda liv: Läsguiden, Stockholm: Volante, 2020, 128 pp. (Swedish)

Book chapters, articles[edit]

  • "Förord", in Jacques Derrida, Marx Spöken: Skuldstaten, Sorgearbetet, och Den Nya Internationalen, trans. Jonas (J) Magnusson, ed. Martin Hägglund, Göteborg: Daidalos, 2003, pp 7-22. (Swedish)
  • "Horaces kristaller", in Fragmentmannen: Vänskrift till Horace Engdahl, Stockholm: Propexus, 2008, pp 53-57. (Swedish)
  • "Radikal ateistisk materialism", trans. A. Lundberg, OEI 43-45, Stockholm, 2009. [2] (Swedish)
    • "Radical Atheist Materialism: A Critique of Meillassoux", in The Speculative Turn: Continental Materialism and Realism, ed. L. Bryant, G. Harman, and N. Srnicek, Melbourne: repress, 2011, pp 114-129.
    • "Materializm radykalnego ateisty: krytycznie o Meillassoux", trans. Ewa Opawska, Kronos: metafizyka, kultura, religia 2, 2015, pp 176-194. [3] (Polish)
  • "Derrida’s Radical Atheism", in A Companion to Derrida, eds. Zeynep Direk and Leonard Lawlor, Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell, 2014.
    • "L’athéisme radical de Derrida", trans. Anne Wilhelmi, Les Temps Modernes 669-670: "Derrida, l'événement déconstruction", Oct 2012, pp 289-305. [4] [5] (French)