Ludger Hagedorn



IWM Permanent Fellow
Head, IWM’s Patočka Archive and Program
Email: hagedorn(a)

Ludger Hagedorn (1967, Recklinghausen) studied Philosophy and Slavic Languages in Berlin at the Technical University (TU) and the Free University (FU). He obtained his doctoral degree from TU Berlin in 2002. For many years he has been actively involved in Patočka-Research at the IWM, where he was appointed as a Junior Fellow in 1997 and later became a Research Associate and Research Director. From 2005 to 2009, Hagedorn was holder of the Purkyne-Fellowship awarded by the Czech Academy of Sciences. As a lecturer, he has worked at Gutenberg-University Mainz and, for a number of years, at Charles University in Prague. He has also been a Guest Lecturer at Södertörns Högskola (Stockholm) in 2010 and in recent years at NYU Berlin.

Fields of Research:

  • Modernity and Secularization
  • Phenomenology
  • Political Philosophy
  • Philosophical Concepts of Europe
  • Nietzsche’s Philosophy
  • Czech and Slavic Thought


Former Projects:

Recent Publications:

“Phenomenologies of Sacrifice”, Special Issue of Metodo. International Studies in Phenomenology and Philosophy, vol. 6 (2), 2018, ed. with Christian Sternad.

Beyond Myth and Enlightenment. Phenomenological Reconsiderations of Religion”, Guest Editor of Journal for Cultural and Religious Theory (JCRT), vol. 17 (2), Spring 2018, ed. with Michael Staudigl.

“Exploring the Undisclosed Meanings of Time, History, and Existence: Ricœur and Patočka as Philosophical Interlocutors”, Special Issue of META.  Research in Hermeneutics, Phenomenology, and Practical Philosophy, vol. IX, no. 2 / December 2017, ed. with Paul Marinescu, ISSN 2067-3655.

“The Heretical Perspectives of Jan Patocka”, Guest Editor of Labyrinth. An International Journal for Philosophy, Value Theory and Sociocultural Hermeneutics, vol. 19 (1), Summer 2017; (ISSN Print: 2410-4817, ISSN Online: 1561-8927).

“On Secularism and Its Discontents: Charting Pathways with a Phenomenology of Religion,” co-authored with Michael Staudigl, in: Journal for Cultural and Religious Theory (JCRT), vol. 17, no. 2 / Spring 2018 (e-ISSN: 1530-5228), 238-252.

„Die ‘unermessliche Leichtigkeit und Zerbrechlichkeit des menschlichen Faktums.‘ Jan Patočka und die Krise des Humanismus“, in: Labyrinth. An International Journal for Philosophy, Value Theory and Sociocultural Hermeneutics, vol. 19 (1), Summer 2017 (ISSN 2410-4817), 46-62.

Religion, War and the Crisis of Modernity, Special Issue of the New Yearbook for Phenomenology and Phenomenological Philosophy, ed. by James Dodd and Ludger Hagedorn, vol. XIV/2015, London/New York: Routledge.

Violence & the Gift: Challenging Continental Philosophy of Religion, Special Issue of the Journal for Cultural and Religious Theory (JCRT), vol. 15, no. 1, Fall 2015 (with Jason W. Alvis and Michael Staudigl).

Europa da Capo al Fine. Jan Patočkas nacheuropäische Reflexionen, in: Transit. Europäische Revue, no. 47, Frankfurt: Verlag Neue Kritik 2015, 30-44.

Supplement Solidarity (Introduction and Editor), in: Baltic Worlds (Quarterly Scholarly Journal), vol. VIII: 1-2 (April 2015), contributions by Ludger Hagedorn, Ewa Majewska, Kateryna Mishchenko, Jean-Luc Nancy, Leonard Neuger, Gustav Strandberg, Stockholm 2015, 86-105.

Drama der Verantwortung/Dramat Odpowiedzialności. Romano Guardini und Józef Tischner, bilingual German-Polish Edition, Kraków/Berlin 2013 (ed. with Zbigniew Stawrowski).

“Solidarity beyond Exclusion”, in: Baltic Worlds, vol. VIII: 1-2 (April 2015) Stockholm 2015, 86-90 & 104ff.

“Religion and the Crisis of Modernity”, in: IWMpost 114 (winter 2014/15), 19ff.

“Christianity Unthought – A Reconsideration of Myth, Faith, and Historicity,” in: The New Yearbook for Phenomenology and Phenomenological Philosophy, ed. by Ludger Hagedorn und James Dodd, vol. XIV, London & New York: Routledge 2015, 31-46.

“Lightness of Being, Gravity of Thought. (Dis-)Orientations in Nietzsche and Kundera”, in: Dis-Orientations: Philosophy, Literature and the Lost Grounds of Modernity, ed. by M. Sá Cavalcante Schuback & Tora Lane, London: Rowman & Littlefield 2014, 49-68.

“Quicquid cogitat: On the Uses and Disadvantages of Subjectivity” , in: Ľubica Učník/I. Chvatík/ A. Williams (eds.), The Phenomenological Critique of Mathematisation and the Question of Responsibility: Formalisation and the Life-World, (Series: Contributions to Phenomenology, vol. 76), Dordrecht: Springer Publishers 2014, 89–104.

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Former Affiliations at the IWM:
2011-2015 Research Director
2004-2005 Research Fellow
2000-2002 Research Associate



The Philosophical Work of Jan Patočka

Jan Patočka is considered one of the most important Central European thinkers of the 20th century. This research project aims at collecting, exploring and disseminating his oeuvre.
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Violence and the Gift – Challenging Continental Philosophy of Religion

The collection of papers in this special issue began at the conference “Violence and the Gift: Challenging Continental Philosophy of Religion,” which took place on April 25-26 2014 in Vienna, Austria. The meeting was organized by the Institute for Human Sciences (IWM) in cooperation with the University of Vienna as part of the research project …
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Religion, War and the Crisis of Modernity

The New Yearbook for Phenomenology and Phenomenological Philosophy, vol. XIV, A Special Issue Dedicated to the Philosophy of Jan Patocka, ed. by Ludger Hagedorn and James Dodd, London & New York: Routledge 2016. ISBN 978-1-138-92396-6 Contributions by (in alphabetical order): Ivan Chvatík, James Dodd, Eddo Evink, Ludger Hagedorn, Jean-Luc Marion, Claire Perryman-Holt, Marcia Sá Cavalcante …
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Polemical Christianity: Jan Patočka’s Concept of Religion and the Crisis of Modernity

The project dealt with the question of religion in the philosophical work of Jan Patočka and its importance for what is often referred to as the „crisis of modernity“.
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Romano Guardini – Józef Tischner

Romano Guardini – Józef Tischner Herausgegeben von Ludger Hagedorn und Zbigniew Stawrowski Berliner Wissenschafts-Verlag, 2013 ISBN 978-3-8305-3256-9 Verantwortung ist ein Drama, immer neu und immer wieder, unersetzlich die Bedeutung der Person und die Rolle der Menschen, die darin verwickelt sind. Verantwortung ist kein Algorithmus und kein Programm. Sie hat zu tun mit Wahrheit, doch keiner, …
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Über Zivilisation und Differenz

Hagedorn, Sepp: Über Zivilisation und Differenz
Beiträge zu einer politischen Phänomenologie Europas Orbis Phaenomenologicus, Abt.Perspektiven, Bd. 18 ISBN 3-8260-3585-2 Mit dem Begriff der „Überzivilisation“ fasst Jan Patocka den universellen Charakter der europäischen Kultur und ihren Anspruch auf Allgemeingültigkeit. Diese Überzivilisation bleibt jedoch gerade deshalb, weil sie – in einem ideellen Sinne – nicht als Dominanz einer Zivilisation über eine andere verstanden …
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Andere Wege in die Moderne

Hagedorn, Sepp: Andere Wege in die Moderne
Forschungsbeiträge zu Patockas Genealogie der Neuzeit Orbis Phaenomenologicus ISBN 3-8260-2847-3 Print

Andere Wege in die Moderne

Jan Patocka: Andere Wege in die Moderne
Studien zur europäischen Ideengeschichte von der Renaissance bis zur Romantik Herausgegeben von Ludger Hagedorn Orbis Phaenomenologicus ISBN 3-8260-2846-5 Print

Jan Patocka. Texte, Dokumente, Bibliographie

Jan Patocka: Texte, Dokumente, Bibliographie
Texte von Patocka über Edmund Husserl, Max Scheler und Martin Heidegger, Jean-Paul Sartre, Nicolai Hartmann, Roman Ingarden u.a. Texte über Patocka von Raul Ricoeur, Richard Rorty und Jacques Derrida, Roman Jakobson, Ludwig Landgrebe, Vaclav Havel u.a. Dokumente und Abbildungen zu Leben und Werk. Die Bibliographie wurde von Jiri Nemec und David Soucek am IWM im …
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