Born and raised in Sweden, Martin Hägglund specializes in post-Kantian philosophy, critical theory, and modernist literature—ranging across French, German, English, and Scandinavian languages. At Yale he has recently taught courses on Heidegger’s Being and Time, the mortality of the soul from Aristotle to John McDowell, and the temporality of narrative from Conrad to Beckett. Professor Hägglund is the author of four highly acclaimed books, which engage with philosophers of time (from Kant to Husserl and Derrida), theorists of desire (from Augustine to Freud and Lacan), modern writers (Proust, Woolf, Nabokov), and the legacy of German idealism (from Hegel to Marx and beyond). His most recent book, This Life: Secular Faith and Spiritual Freedom, won the René Wellek Prize.
His work is the subject of a special issue of CR: The New Centennial Review, Living On: Of Martin Hägglund, a symposium in Los Angeles Review of Books, and a special issue of The Philosopher, the longest-running public philosophy journal in the UK. His books have also been the subject of conferences and colloquia at Harvard, Yale, NYU, Cornell, and Oxford. He has received fellowships from the Woodrow Wilson Foundation, the Fulbright Commission, and the Bogliasco Foundation. 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.
B.A. Stockholm University, 2001.
M.A. SUNY Buffalo, 2005.
Ph.D. Cornell University, 2011.
Modernism; post-Kantian philosophy; Marx & Critical Theory; Poetry & Poetics; Literary Theory; Psychoanalysis; 19th and 20th century Anglophone, French, German, and Scandinavian Literatures.
This Life: Secular Faith and Spiritual Freedom, Pantheon Books: 2019.
Dying for Time: Proust, Woolf, Nabokov. Harvard University Press, 2012.
“Marx, Hegel, and the Critique of Religion: A Response”, Los Angeles Review of Books, 2021
“Natural and Spiritual Freedom” ,The Yale Review, 2019
“Knausgaard’s Secular Confession,” b2o August 2017, also forthcoming in boundary 2.
“Beauty That Must Die: A Response to Michael Clune.” CR: The New Centennial Review, 15.3 (Winter 2015): 101-107.