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This Life by Martin Hägglund
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Feb 04, 2020 | ISBN 9781101873731

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“An important new book. . . . Beautifully liberating.” —The New Yorker 

“A splendid primer on the importance of authentic freedom.” —Yanis Varoufakis, former Greek Minister of Finance and bestselling author of Adults in the Room

“A sweepingly ambitious synthesis of philosophy, spirituality and politics, which starts with the case for confronting mortality, and ends with the case for democratic socialism. . . . Everything depends on what we do with our time together. This Life makes a forceful case for keeping that truth in mind.” The Guardian

“A new philosophy for our time. . . . I burned through this book so fast I forgot it was 400 pages. I even reread passages I enjoyed, because it was so engagin and thought provoking. . . . My new favorite philosophy book.” —Alex Bell, The Boston Globe

“Earnest and precise . . . [with] huge intellectual range . . . beautifully clear. This Life requires no philosophical training or lexicon to follow it, only an interest in the meaning of this life.” —Times Higher Education
 
“A distinct and important contribution to contemporary philosophy, This Life is a rare accomplishment. A book that is a rigorous as it is approachable, as incisive as it is patient. A veritable trove of ideas. . . . A rewarding book that deserves exactly what it demands: close, engaged reading by a wide readership.” —Critical Inquiry
 
 “Gives fresh philosophical and political vitality to a longstanding question. . . . 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.” —The New Republic
 
“Powerful. . . . Lucidly written, and at times beautifully so. . . . Deeply radical in its aims. [Hägglund] wants to effect a revolutionary change in our understanding of value, in our economies and in our lives.” —New Statesman  

“A monumental achievement. . . . Hägglund is exactly right to focus our long-term vision on a fundamental transformation of society. . . . Hägglund’s revaluation of value is itself a powerful Polaris to help navigate the political projects that we set ourselves to embracing.” —Jacobin
 
“Hägglund hopes to help people seize this moment of discontent with capitalism and ask some fundamental questions: How should we live and work together? What are the optimal ways we can organize society to enhance freedom and well-being—and avoid scorching the planet? That’s a good conversation to have.” —USA Today

Table Of Contents

Introduction 3

Part I: Secular Faith
1. Faith 39
2. Love 69
3. Responsibility 124

Part II: Spiritual Freedom
4. Natural and Spiritual Freedom 173
5. The Value of Our Finite Time 212
6. Democratic Socialism 270

Conclusion: Our Only Life 333

Notes 393
Bibliography 415
Acknowledgments 425
Index 429

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