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This Life: Secular Faith and Spiritual Freedom
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Martin Hagglund
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This Life: Secular Faith and Spiritual Freedom

Martin Hagglund


9781101870402

Pantheon Books


Philosophy;
Philosophy: metaphysics & ontology;
Ethics & moral philosophy;
Philosophy of religion;
Spiritualism;
Psychic powers & psychic phenomena


Hardback

464 pages

$54.95
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A profound, original, and accessible book that offers a new secular vision of how we can lead our lives. Ranging from fundamental existential questions to the most pressing social issues of our time, This Life shows why our commitment to freedom and democracy should lead us beyond both religion and capitalism. In this groundbreaking book, the philosopher Martin H gglund challenges our received notions of faith and freedom. The faith we need to cultivate, he argues, is not a religious faith in eternity but a secular faith devoted to our finite life together. He shows that all spiritual questions of freedom are inseparable from economic and material conditions. What ultimately matters is how we treat one another in this life, and what we do with our time together.

H gglund develops new existential and political principles while transforming our understanding of spiritual life. His critique of religion takes us to the heart of what it means to mourn our loved ones, be committed, and care about a sustainable world. His critique of capitalism demonstrates that we fail to sustain our democratic values because our lives depend on wage labor. In clear and pathbreaking terms, H gglund explains why capitalism is inimical to our freedom, and why we should instead pursue a novel form of democratic socialism.

In developing his vision of an emancipated secular life, H gglund engages with great philosophers from Aristotle to Hegel and Marx, literary writers from Dante to Proust and Knausgaard, political economists from Mill to Keynes and Hayek, and religious thinkers from Augustine to Kierkegaard and Martin Luther King, Jr. This Life gives us new access to our past--for the sake of a different future.

By:   Martin Hagglund
Imprint:   Pantheon Books
Dimensions:   Height: 236mm,  Width: 157mm,  Spine: 43mm
Weight:   794g
ISBN:   9781101870402
ISBN 10:   1101870400
Pages:   464
Publication Date:   March 2019
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Active

MARTIN H GGLUND is a professor of comparative literature and humanities at Yale University. A member of the Society of Fellows at Harvard University, he is the author of three highly acclaimed books, and his work has been translated into eight languages. In his native Sweden, he published his first book, Chronophobia, at the age of twenty-five. His first book in English, Radical Atheism, was the subject of a conference at Cornell University and a colloquium at Oxford University. His most recent book, Dying for Time: Proust, Woolf, Nabokov, was hailed by the Los Angeles Review of Books as a revolutionary achievement. He was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship in 2018. He lives in New York City. martinhagglund.se


Gives fresh philosophical and political vitality to a longstanding question... Much in the book will resonate with a democratic left that has gained strength in the seven-plus years since Occupy--in Black Lives Matter and the Sanders campaign, in the vision of the Green New Deal, in the Fight for $15 and in North Carolina's Moral Mondays. This Life attempts to deepen the philosophical dimension of this left and to anchor its commitments in a larger inquiry: What kind of political and economic order can do justice to our mortality, to the fact that our lives are all we have?... This Life presents a vital alternative. --Jedediah Britton-Purdy, The New Republic Martin H gglund's This Life is a splendid primer on the importance of authentic freedom. --Yanis Varoufakis, Former Greek Minister of Finance and bestselling author of Adults in the Room Arriving at a moment of widespread intellectual and political disorientation, This Life is a timely, profoundly ambitious attempt to fashion a new foundation for personal and collective existence. H gglund argues that a return to Marx's radical materialism does not have to signal a loss of spirituality or contempt for democracy, but something like the opposite: a truly secular faith in a redemptive realm of freedom. --Stephen Greenblatt, National Book Award and Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Swerve: How the World Became Modern This is a rare piece of work, the product of great intellectual strength and moral fortitude. The writing shows extraordinary range and possesses an honesty and fervor which is entirely without cynicism. Beneath H gglund's affirmation of secular faith and a life-defining commitment is a compelling reworking of the early Heidegger's existential analytic, especially his understanding of finitude and ecstatic temporality. With the great difference that this is a distinctly leftist project, where secular faith leads to spiritual freedom which is understood as a Hegelian-Marxist affirmation of democratic socialism. H gglund is a genuine moralist for our times, possessed of an undaunted resoluteness and a fierce commitment to intellectual probity. Maybe he's the philosophical analogue to Karl Ove Knausgaard. --Simon Critchley, curator for The New York Times' The Stone and author of Tragedy, the Greeks, and Us H gglund shows with real originality why the moral concern that underlies religious faith has always been a hope for the perpetuation of life on earth. Stringent, lucid, and urgent in its appeal for a politics equal to the prospect of climate disaster, This Life is both an argument and a summons. --David Bromwich, Sterling Professor at Yale University and author of Moral Imagination Martin H gglund is the most important young philosopher in America, whose work on time has already made an immense impression in academic circles. Now he has chosen to address a broad audience, in a work of immaculate clarity. When this powerful and moving book reaches a wide readership, it will, I think, have profound practical as well as theoretical consequences for the discussions that are raging on every side around questions of religious belief and the future of democracy. --Richard Klein, Professor Emeritus at Cornell and bestselling author of Cigarettes Are Sublime By far the most profound, thoughtful, compelling, and insightful book I have ever read on the topic of immortality, and the problematic implications of the religious fixation on eternal life. For a secular person--or anyone who wants to understand the secular worldview--this book is essential reading... H gglund plumbs its depths like no one has ever before. --Phil Zuckerman, Psychology Today As timely as a work of philosophy could be these days. --Booklist, starred review A densely argued critique of religion and capitalism . . . An impassioned and erudite proposal for vast systemic changes. --Kirkus Reviews

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