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Hjalmar Falk


Department of Literature, History of Ideas, and
Visiting address
Renströmsgatan 6
41255 Göteborg
Postal address
Box 200
40530 Göteborg

About Hjalmar Falk

I hold a ph.d. in the History of Ideas from the University of Gothenburg. I consider myself an intellectual historian specializing in modern social, legal, and political thought. My current research deals with Western Marxist receptions of the work of Carl Schmitt.I am also working on problems in modern and current historical thought in relation to Walter Benjamin's critical philosophy of history.

My teaching mostly concerns the history of political thought and scientific methodology, mainly methods of textual interpretation. I have supervised students on both first and second cycle levels. I have taught in several cross-disciplinary environments and am currently associated with both the master's program in Human Rights Studies at The School of Global Studies and with the bachelor and master's program in European Studies.

In my doctoral thesis, Det politisk-teologiska komplexet. Fyra kapitel om Carl Schmitts sekularitet (The Politico-Theological Complex. Four Chapters on the Secularity of Carl Schmitt), I investigate the secularization thesis in the work of the German jurist Carl Schmitt (1888-1985), as well as his conception of "political theology".