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Department of Philosophy

Sr. Res. Assoc. Dr. Simon Hajdini

Simon Hajdini is Senior Research Associate in the Department of Philosophy at the University of Ljubljana, where he teaches social and political philosophy.


2024 (Spring-Summer) Visiting Scholar, Department of Germanic Studies, The University of Chicago

2021— Senior Research Associate (tenured), Department of Philosophy, Faculty of Arts, University of Ljubljana

2021 (Spring) Visiting Assistant Professor, Department of Anthropology, The University of Chicago

2017-2020 Visiting Scholar, Department of Germanic Studies, The University of Chicago

2016-2017 Fulbright Postdoctoral Visiting Scholar, Department of Germanic Studies, The University of Chicago

2016-2021 Research Associate, Department of Philosophy, Faculty of Arts, University of Ljubljana

2016— Assistant Professor (tenured), Department of Philosophy, Faculty of Arts, University of Ljubljana

2014-2016 Research Fellow, Department of Philosophy, Faculty of Arts, University of Ljubljana


Ph.D.   University of Ljubljana (Philosophy), 2012

B.A.    University of Ljubljana (Philosophy), 2004

B.A.    University of Ljubljana (Comp. Lit.), 2004


Names at the Tip of the Nose: Naming, Smell, and Truth

FUNDING SOURCE: Slovenian Research Agency. DURATION: 10/1/2022 - 9/30/2025. ROLE: PI with research team. STATUS: ongoing.

This project addresses the befuddling relationship between names and smells, taking its cue from the tip-of-the-nose phenomenon, indicating a well-documented human inability of odor-identification. The project relates this impossibility to a striking linguistic fact that, in Indo-European languages at least, smells altogether lack proper names. We name smells either eponymously by relating them to their sources or synesthetically by borrowing their names from the other senses. Consequently, smells stand for lexical voids and represent the singular site of a universal linguistic disturbance: a universal olfactory anomia. Thus, the primary scientific objective of the project is to examine the relationship between naming and the nameless realm of smells.

Structure and Genealogy of Indifference: Logic - Epistemology - Ideology

FUNDING SOURCE: Slovenian Research Agency. DURATION: 5/1/2017 - 4/30/2021. ROLE: PI with research team. STATUS: completed.

This basic research project is devoted to the philosophical analysis of the structure of indifference with special emphasis on the conceptualization of its genealogy. The project addresses the 1) logical, 2) epistemological, 3) philosophical-genealogical, and 4) ideological- theological status of indifference in modernity. The scientific background consists of two basic hypotheses: first, indifference, far from being reducible to the inertia of the undistinguished, is the bearer of a paradoxical difference that escapes the opposition between the distinguished and the undistinguished; second, as the bearer of negativity, indifference implies not the spontaneity or arbitrariness of choice but the irreducible impossibility of choice, which, however, emerges in the modality of the contingent encounter.

Varieties of Negation: Philosophy - Psychoanalysis - Literature

FUNDING SOURCE: Slovenian Research Agency. DURATION: 1/1/2018 - 12/31/2019. ROLE: PI (with Eric L. Santner) with research team. STATUS: completed.

This bilateral research project between Slovenia and USA addresses the notions of negation and negativity in German idealism and psychoanalysis. Its aim is to analyze the forms of negativity with the goal of critically reassessing the conceptions of subjectivity in the two above-mentioned traditions. Accordingly, the project follows four key objectives: 1) to explicate the forms of negation in German idealism and psychoanalysis and to analyze their conceptual relationships; 2) to demonstrate the structural role of negativity as the agent of the constitution of subjectivity; 3) to conduct a comparative philosophical analysis of the negativity of the subjects of self- consciousness and the unconscious; and 4) to illustrate the modes of negativity and subjectivity with examples from German literature from the 19th through the early 20th centuries.

Antinomies of Rest: A Philosophical Investigation into the Political-Theological and Ontological Status of Rest in Modernity

FUNDING SOURCE: Fulbright Program. DURATION: 11/1/2016 - 5/31/2017. ROLE: PI (postdoc). STATUS: completed.

The proposed project aims to deliver a philosophical analysis of the notion of rest in modernity by way of focusing on its double meaning in the English language. On the one hand, it focuses on the “actual” (Germanic) meaning of “rest” in the sense of “repose,” while on the other hand, the project reflects on the “reflected” (Romanic) meaning of “rest” as “remainder,” i.e., on the concepts of residuality in philosophy, political theology, and psychoanalysis.

The (Mis)uses of Laziness: The Figure of the Idler in Philosophy, Theology, and Political Economy

FUNDINING SOURCE: Slovenian Research Agency. DURATION: 7/1/2014 - 6/30/2016. ROLE: PI (postdoc). STATUS: completed.

The proposed project aims at delivering a philosophical analysis of the notion of laziness, focusing primarily on its historical and contemporary figures. Despite the massive history of its conceptions, the problem of laziness has not yet received a thorough philosophical conceptualization. The project intervenes in the conceptions of laziness in 1) early­-Christian ascetic tradition, high scholasticism, and Protestantism, 2) German idealism (Kant, Fichte, Hegel), 3) the discourse of classical political economy, and 4) contemporary political and economic discourse.


Editorial Board of Borec

Editorial Board of Problemi

Society for Theoretical Psychoanalysis, Ljubljana, Slovenia

Central European Research Institute of Søren Kierkegaard


Slovenian (Native)

English (Fluent)

German (Fluent)

Full list of publications ORCID Google Scholar


What's That Smell? A Philosophy of the Olfactory (MIT Press, March 5, 2024)

Kaj je ta duh? K filozofiji voha (Ljubljana: Analecta, 2016)

Na kratko o dolgčasu, lenobi in počitku (Ljubljana: Analecta, 2012)


"Dialectic's Laughing Matter", Problemi International 6 (2023): 189-213.

"Živel antispecizem? Primer mrtvega psa (in mačk)" [Long Live Anti-Speciesism?], Problemi 60, 9-10 (2022): 199-239.

"Okultizem voha: od Fliessa in Freuda do Rilkeja in Süskinda" [The Occultism of Smell], Problemi 60, 7-8 (2022): 141-170.

"Ste slišali tistega o Benjaminu?" [Did you hear the one about Benjamin?], Problemi 59, 9-10 (2021): 135-158.

"Imena na konici nosu", Amfiteater 9, 2 (2021): 56-69.

"Marx and Spinoza?", Cultural Critique 112 (2021) (DOI: 10.5749/culturalcritique.112.2021.0103).

"Names at the Tip of the Nose", Filozofski vestnik 41, 3 (2020): 159-176 (DOI: 10.3986/FV.41.3.04).

"Govorica blag" [The Language of Commodities], Problemi 58, 1-2 (2020): 95-128.

"Ne splača se: spremna študija" [Not Worth it] in Robert Pfaller, Zakaj se splača živeti?, Ljubljana: Studia humanitatis, 2020.

"Prepozno za prihodnost" [No Future: On Contemporary Fatalism] in Frank Ruda, Ukinjanje svobode [Abolishing Freedom], Ljubljana: Maska, 2020.

"Varieties of Negation: From Drizzle and Decaf to the Anti-Semitic Figure of the Jew", Lacanian Ink 51 (Spring 2020): 108-125.

"Comedy From a to Z: On the Subject-Matter of Ideological Interpellation", Problemi International 1 (2017): 129-158.

"Dialectic at Its Impurest" in Slavoj Žižek and Dialectical Materialism, eds. Agon Hamza and Frank Ruda (New York: Palgrave, 2016), 85-99.

"What’s the Difference? Kant and Lacan", Filozofski vestnik 36, 2 (2015): 87-108.

"The Comedy of the Great Depression: On Chaplin’s Modern Times", Crisis and Critique 2, 1 (2015): 194-215.

"I, Ideology, Speak.” in (Mis)readings of Marx in Continental Philosophy, eds. Jernej Habjan and Jessica Whyte (Basingstoke & NY: Palgrave, 2014), 162-177.

"Capitalism and Repetition: Marx and Lacan", Crisis and Critique 1, 3 (2014): 223-244.

"Prozopopeja ideologije v luči Žižkove fetišistične sekvence" [Prosopopoeia of Ideology], Problemi 52, 3-4 (2014): 143-168.

"Znova nič novega: Adorno, Deleuze, Beckett" [Nothing New Anew: Adorno, Deleuze, Beckett], Filozofski vestnik 34, 3 (2013): 179-195.

"Zakaj nezavedno ne pozna časa? Pogled s (Kantove) strani" [Why the Unconscious Doesn’t Know Time], Problemi 50, 5-6 (2012): 171-215.

"Kafkov gladovalec" [Kafka’s Hunger Artist], Problemi 50, 3-4 (2012): 105-142.

"Dolgčas med 'Kritiko' in 'Antropologijo'” [Boredom Between ‘Critique’ and ‘Anthropology’], Problemi 44, 5-6 (2006): 137-163.

"K filozofiji dolgčasa" [On the Philosophy of Boredom], Problemi 44, 1-2 (2006): 23-71.

"Narcizem, magija in vsemoč misli" [Narcissism, Magic, and the Omnipotence of Thought], Problemi 43, 1-2 (2005): 159-192.


Eric L. Santner, Politična ekonomija mesa [Political Economy of the Flesh], trans. and ed. L. Šumah and S. Hajdini, Ljubljana: Analecta, 2021.

Simon Hajdini (ed.), To Think a Sin: Book of Abstracts, Ljubljana: Ljubljana University Press, 2016.

Frank Ruda, Heglova drhal [Hegels Pöbel], trans. A. Leskovec, Ljubljana: Sophia, 2015.

Simon Hajdini (ed.), Prvotna akumulacija med zgodovino in konceptom [Primitive Accumulation between History and Concept], Ljubljana: Institute for Worker’s Studies, 2013.

Michael Heinrich, Kritika politične ekonomije: uvod [Kritik der politischen Ökonomie: Eine Einführung], trans. M. Dobnikar, Ljubljana: Sophia, 2013.

Robert Burton, Anatomija melanholije [The Essential Anatomy of Melancholy], trans. L. Šumah, Ljubljana: Studia humanitatis, 2012.

Sigmund Freud, Metapsihološki spisi [Metapsychological Writings], trans. E. Bahovec et al., Ljubljana: Studia humanitatis, 2012.

Sigmund Freud, Spisi o družbi in religiji [Writings on Society and Religion], trans. S. Hajdini et al., Ljubljana: Analecta, 2007.

Sigmund Freud, Pet analiz [Five Psycho-Analyses], trans. E. Bahovec et al., Ljubljana: Analecta & Studia humanitatis, 2005.

Josef Breuer and Sigmund Freud, Študije o histeriji [Studien über Hysterie], trans. S. Hajdini et al., Ljubljana: Delta, 2002.


Problemi International, No. 1 (2017), No. 2 (2018), No. 3 (2019), No. 5 (2022), Ljubljana: Society for Theoretical Psychoanalysis.


"MAD 2.0", Delo, April 11, 2020.

"Trump Is A Symptom of Neoliberalism’s Conflicting Desires", Shargh Daily [in Farsi], March 30, 2019.

"The Radical Left Must Practice Negative Criticism Rather Than Affirmative Obscurantism", ILNA, April 15, 2019.

"The Radical Left Needs a New Utopia", ILNA, December 9, 2018.

"Pore počitka", Razpotja 25-26 (2016): 84-87.

"O čem so odločali Grki?", Delo 165 (2015): 6-7.

"Jebeš reveže?", Mladina 17 (2014): 30-31.

"O kapitalizmu in lenosti", Mladina 17-18 (2013): 66-68.

"Nič ni težjega kot nič ne početi", Dnevnikov objektiv 249 (2013): 22-23.

"Filozofija na barikadah", Mladina 28 (2013): 34-35.

Compulsory Courses

Elective Courses



09. 11. - 11. 11. 2023
Department of Archaeology, Faculty of Arts

26th Neolithic Seminar 'Eurasian Neolithics: How Cultures and Societies Evolve and Why It Matters'

27. 02. 2023
Faculty of Arts

Online presentation of University of Ljubljana for prospective international students

13. 10. 2022
Administrative Office for Doctoral Study, Faculty of Arts

EUTOPIA Citizen Science Clinics

15. 09. 2022
Administrative Office for Undergraduate Study Programme, Faculty of Arts

Reception for International Students at the Faculty of Arts and at the University of Ljubljana (two separate events)

22. 02. 2022
Faculty of Arts

Online sessions for prospective international students, 22 February 2022 at 1.15 pm (CET)