Magnus Møller Ziegler 

At such times half-hearted minds have opposite views to those of whole-minded generals. They believe that they can compensate losses by cutting the armed forces, by splitting them up, by a peace treaty with the real needs, whereas Themistocles, when Athens was threatened with destruction, tried to persuade the Athenians to abandon the city entirely and found a new Athens at sea, in another element.

— Karl Marx, Notebooks on Epicurean Philosophy, MECW 1, p. 492.

about me.

I am a Danish academic and researcher with a background in the history of philosophy but a broad orienation toward intellectual history more generally. Currently, I am employed as an Assistant Lecturer in the Department of Political Science, University of Copenhagen, where I teach philosophy of science, sociology, and political theory. At the same time, I am trying to finish my Ph.D. dissertation at Aarhus University, though Covid-19 and two kids have halted my efforts somewhat. However, my aim is to complete my Ph.D. in 2022.

I was born in Copenhagen, Denmark, in 1989 and still live there with my partner and our two children. Along the way, I have also lived in Wales, mainly in Cardiff but also up north for a bit. In 2019 I had a brief stay in Oxford where I visited for Hilary term to work with David Leopold at the Department of Politics and International Relations and Mansfield College. Having two small children means I mainly spend time with my family, but I also enjoy having beers with friends in quiet pubs, collecting books, listening to podcasts (mainly history and politics) and 90s hip hop, and looking at ancient stone dolmen.

My research interests lay at the intersect between the history of philosophy, intellectual history, and social theory, especially the history of political thought. My main research interest is the intellectual discourse of the German Vormärz period (c. 1820-1848). I am chiefly interested in political Hegelianism, but also the formation, constitution, and development of the Hegelian school in general, as well as the wider cultural and socio-political reception of Hegel's philosophy. However, formative debates on constitutionalism, freedom of the press, and the relationship between religion, the state, and politics, etc. were also the order of the day in the Vormärz period, and so I am also interested in those more generally. Finally, I also work on Karl Marx as both an integral part of and an outlier in these debates.

Ph.D. 2022 (expected) Philsophy and history of ideas Aarhus University
M.A. 2016 History of philosophy University of Copenhagen
B.A. 2013 Philosophy University of Copenhagen
2020- Assistant Lecturer
Department of Political Science University of Copenhagen
2017-2020 Ph.D. Fellow
full time
Department of Philosophy and
the History of Ideas
Aarhus University
2016-2017 Assistant Lecturer
Department of Political Science University of Copenhagen

my research.

areas of specialisation.

Hegelianism, esp. Young Hegelianism ⁕ Karl Marx ⁕ philosophy of science ⁕ intellectual history of the German Vomärz ⁕ Friedrich Engels

areas of competence & interest.

G.W.F. Hegel ⁕ history of political thought ⁕ German idealism ⁕ intellectual history of Marxism (c. 1840-1970) ⁕ Søren Kierkegaard ⁕ intellectual history of the Danish 'Golden Age' (c. 1800-1860) ⁕ digital humanities and text-as-data methods ⁕ critical theory ⁕ Aristotle

current working papers &c.



  1. Magnus Møller Ziegler, Jakob Bek-Thomsen, Bertel Nygaard, & Anne Engelst Nørgaard (eds.), Kapitalen på dansk. Marx-læsninger gennem 150 år (Aarhus: Forlaget Slagmark, 2022).
  2. Magnus Møller Ziegler, "Edgar Bauer", i Den Store Danske, (March 2022). [online]
  3. Søren Harnow Clausen; Magnus Møller Ziegler, "hegelianisme", in Den Store Danske, (February 2022). [online]
  4. 2021.

  5. Magnus Møller Ziegler, "På sporet af kapitalens magt", review of Søren Mau, Stum tvang (Klim 2021), Magasinet Arbejderen nr. 5, 2021. [online]
  6. 2020.

  7. Magnus Møller Ziegler, review of Douglas Burnham & Peter Lamb: The First Marx: A Philosophical Introduction, in Marx & Philosophy Review of Books, May 6 2020. [online]
  8. 2018.

  9. Tobias Dias & Magnus Møller Ziegler, "Karl Marx: Redaktionelt forord", Slagmark 77 (June 2018): 7-20. [online] [PDF]
  10. Tobias Dias & Magnus Møller Ziegler, "Marx i Amerika: Et interview med professor Andrew Hartman", Slagmark 77 (June 2018): 133-148.
  11. Karl Marx; Arnold Ruge, "To breve (1843)". Translated by Magnus Møller Ziegler, Slagmark 77 (June 2018): 97-102. [PDF]
  12. Magnus Møller Ziegler, "To breve af Arnold Ruge og Karl Marx", Slagmark 77 (June 2018): 87-96. [PDF]
  13. 2017.

  14. Tobias Dias & Magnus Møller Ziegler, "Marx in the United States. An Interview", U.S. Intellectual History Blog, October 4 2017. [online]
  15. Magnus Møller Ziegler, "Verdens vigtigste værk”, Dagbladet Arbejderen, September 14 2017. [online]



  1. "On the Wider Young Hegelian Origins of Marx's Concept of Alienation". Marx and the Critique of Humanism. University of Lisbon, 7-8 November 2022.
  2. "Fowl Play. Owls, Eagles, and the Future in Marx and the Young Hegelians." Capital, Climate, Crisis. 6th Annual Conference of the Danish Society for Marxist Studies. Aalborg Universitet. Aalborg, 2 October 2021.
  3. "Young Hegelianism in Engels's Evaluation of Hegel and Feuerbach".Colóquio Engels: Bicentenário do nascimento. Universidade de Lisboa. Lisbon, 17 November 2020. [Via Zoom].
  4. "All or Nothing: A Critique of Althusser’s Conception of Feuerbach". Historical Materialism 15th Annual Conference. SOAS University of London. London, November 2018.
  5. "Alt eller intet: En kritik af Althussers opfattelse af Feuerbach". 2018 Annual Meeting, Danish Philosophical Society. University of Roskilde. Roskilde, March 2018.
  6. "Friedrich Engels and Marxism as the Apex of Human Thought". 2017 General Conference, European Consortium for Political Research. University of Oslo. Oslo, September 2017.
  7. "Duzbrüder: Edgar Bauer og hans forhold til Marx". Marx Nu! 2016. Aarhus University. Aarhus, September 2016.
  8. "Engels’ anvendelse af hegelianske begreber". 2016 Annual Meeting, Danish Philosophical Society. University of Copenhagen. Copenhagen, March 2016.

    seminars &c.

  1. Research Unit for the History of Political and Economic Thought. Aarhus University, Department of Philosophy and the History of Ideas. Aarhus, 7 October 2020.
  2. Research Unit for German Idealism and Post-Idealism. Aarhus University, Department of Philosophy and the History of Ideas. Aarhus, 17 December 2019.
  3. "Karl Marx and the Young Hegelians". Critical Social Theory at McGill seminar. McGill University. Montréal, QC, 7 December 2019.
  4. "Karl Marx og karrieren". Pædagogisk Filosofisk Forening. Aarhus, 1 November 2019.
  5. Research Unit for the History of Political and Economic Thought. Aarhus University, Department of Philosophy and the History of Ideas. Aarhus, 24 April 2019.
  6. "Karl Marx og karrieren". Pædagogisk Filosofisk Forening. Copenhagen, 5 October 2018.

extra-academic writings.

  1. Magnus Møller Ziegler, "Hærværk mod valgplakater kan godt være en legitim politisk handling", Dagbladet Information, 6 November 2021. [online]
  2. Magnus Møller Ziegler, "Druedahls kritik af Søren Mau viser, at han ikke formår at sætte sig ud over markedslogikken", Dagbladet Information, 27 October 2021. [online]
  3. Magnus Møller Ziegler, "Arven efter Hegel kan hjælpe os med at forstå vor tids klimakampe", op-ed, Dagbladet Information, 27 August 2020, pp. 14-15. [online]
  4. Magnus Møller Ziegler, "Rücksichtslose Kritik alles Bestehenden", junge Welt, May 5 2018.
  5. Magnus Møller Ziegler, "Marx 200. Marx in Context: The Beginnings fo a Critical Theory”, Morning Star, May 4 2018. [online]
  6. Magnus Møller Ziegler, "Marx 200 år. Træk af en ung Karl Marx", Dagbladet Arbejderen, May 4 2018. [online]
  7. Magnus Møller Ziegler, "Roskilde Festival: Das größte Festival Nordeuropas als reaktionäres Massenphänomen”, Melodie & Rythmus (No. 5), September-October 2014
  8. Magnus Møller Ziegler, "Post hoc! Valget er fyldt med logiske fejlslutninger", Kommunikationsforum, June 11 2015. [online]




services, affiliations, &c.

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Magnus Møller Ziegler
Bårsevej 3
DK-2650 Hvidovre


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