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We need a new way of thinking about faith. In contrast to religious faith in eternity, Martin Hägglund proposes a secular faith in the value of living on in time. Ranging from the concrete (how we approach funerals) to the abstract (what makes a life worth living), he will show how secular faith expresses itself in the ways we mourn our loved ones, make commitments, and care about a sustainable world. His talk will therefore provide not only a critique of religious ideals but also an alternative, positive understanding of the beliefs and values that motivate us to live.
Martin Hägglund is a philosopher and literary scholar. He is Professor of Comparative Literature and Humanities at Yale University. His two most recent books are Dying for Time: Proust, Woolf, Nabokov (Harvard UP, 2012) and Radical Atheism: Derrida and the Time of Life (Stanford UP, 2008). In 2014 he received the Schück Prize from the Swedish Academy.