Junior Research Fellow
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Mårten finished his doctorate in Theology and Sciences of Religion in Gothenburg, Sweden in 2018. He has also studied philosophy and has a master’s degree in Sociology and another master’s degree in Literature, both at Lund University, Sweden.

In his doctorate thesis in theology, “Life Outside Life: The Politics of Immortality, 1914-1945”, Mårten examined the intersection between the discussion on immortality and politics during the period between 1914 and 1945. By analyzing the work on immortality by the Jewish philosopher of religion Franz Rosenzweig, the Swiss Reformed theologian Karl Barth, the Jewish scholar of myth Oskar Goldberg, and the Catholic theologian Erik Peterson, he showed how these thinkers conceptualized eternal life in response to the dangers of nationalism and the horrors of modern war. 

After having finished his doctorate, Mårten has been teaching eschatology, political theology, and anthropology of religions at the Newman Institute in Uppsala and other universities in Sweden. In his new postdoc project, conducted at Campion Hall, he probes the emergence of theological and metaphysical themes in the contemporary discussions on consciousness. He is also working on aspects on the philosophy of life and was recently awarded a project on “The End of Law” by the Swedish Research Council.

His research interests are political theology, theology and philosophy of nature, the history of science and religion, eschatology and messianism, and the relation between religion, law, and ethics.


Selected Publications in English

Life Outside Life: The Politics of Immortality, 1914-1945 (Gothenburg: University of Gothenburg, 2018).

Book chapters:
“Plotinus”. Chapter in Agamben's Philosophical Lineage, edited by Adam Kotsko and Carlo Salzani (Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2017).

“The Irritability of Being: Martin Heidegger, Hans Driesch and the Future of Theology”. Chapter in Heidegger’s Black Notebooks and the Future of Theology (Cham: Palgrave Macmillan, 2017).

“Representation and the unrepresentable: Ernst Jünger, Carl Schmitt and the limits of politics”. Chapter in The Contemporary Relevance of Carl Schmitt (Abingdon, Oxon : Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group, 2016).

Edited books:
Mårten Björk & Jayne Svenungsson, Heidegger’s Black Notebooks and the Future of Theology (Cham: Palgrave Macmillan, 2017).

“Hans Driesch”, forthcoming for The Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Philosophers.

“Life Against Nature: The Goldberg Circle and the Search for a Non-Catastrophic Politics”, forthcoming for Endnotes # 5, 2020.