Ludger Hagedorn



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:

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