Presentation

Jon Wittrock is Doctor of Political and Social Sciences and Associate Professor (Docent) in political science. He completed his PhD at the European University Institute and has been active as a researcher and teacher at several universities, in Sweden and abroad. His research focuses on human rights and political philosophy, with a particular emphasis on the potential implications of investigating the empirical and conceptual borderlands between the religious and the secular, when thinking about alternative societal constellations.

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Selected publications

Liberalism, nationalism and religion: Multidimensional autonomy, trade-offs and analogies. Nations and Nationalism 28:3, 2022.

A Human Right to Friendship? Dignity, Autonomy, and Social Deprivation. The International Journal of Human Rights, published online March 9 2022.

All that is Holy: The Role of Religion in Postcapitalist Communities. Rethinking Marxism 32:4, 2020.

Constituent Power and Constitutive Exceptions: Carl Schmitt, Populism and the Consummation of Secularisation in Matilda Arvidsson; Leila Brännström; Panu Minkkinen (eds.) Constituent Power: Law, Popular Rule and Politics. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2020.

Contemporary Democracy and the Sacred: Rights, Religion and Ideology. London: Bloomsbury, 2018.

Which Way I Flie: Reforming Nihilism in the Anthropocene in Richard Polt & Jon Wittrock (eds.) The Task of Philosophy in the Anthropocene. London/New York: Rowman & Littlefield, 2018.

The EU as a ‘Large Space’? Carl Schmitt and the Contemporary Dilemmas of Political Rituals and Cultural Borders in Mats Andrén; Thomas Lindkvist; Ingmar Söhrman; Katharina Vajta (eds.) Cultural Borders of Europe: Narratives, Concepts and Practices in the Present and the Past. New York/Oxford: Berghahn, 2017.

Sacred Nature and the Nature of the Sacred: Rethinking the Sacred in the Anthropocene. Telos 177, 2016.

Processes of Order and the Concreteness of the Sacred: On the Contemporary Relevance of Carl Schmitt's Critique of Nihilism in Matilda Arvidsson; Leila Brännström; Panu Minkkinen (eds.) The Contemporary Relevance of Carl Schmitt: Law, Politics, Theology. New York: Routledge, 2015.

The Social Logic of Late Nihilism: Martin Heidegger and Carl Schmitt on Global Space and the Sites of Gods. European Review 22:2, 2014.

Nihilism and the Resurrection of Political Space: Hannah Arendt's Utopia? in Elena Namli; Jayne Svenungsson; Alana Vincent (eds.) Jewish Thought, Utopia, and Revolution. Amsterdam/New York: Rodopi, 2014.