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Concepts of Power in Kierkegaard and Nietzsche

1st Edition

By J. Keith Hyde


250 pages

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The name Friedrich Nietzsche has become synonymous with studies in political power. The application of his theory that the vast array of human activities comprises manifestations of the will to power continues to influence fields as diverse as international relations, political studies, literary theory, the social sciences, and theology. To date, the introduction of Søren Kierkegaard into this discussion has been gradual at best. Long derided as the quintessential individualist, the social dimension of his fertile thought has been neglected until recent decades. This book situates Kierkegaard in direct dialogue with Nietzsche on the topic of power and authority. Significant contextual similarities warrant such a comparison: both severely criticized state Lutheranism, championed the self and its imaginative ways of knowing against the philosophical blitzkrieg of Hegelianism, and endured the turbulent emergence of the nation-state. However, the primary justification remains the depth-defying prescience with which Kierkegaard not only fully anticipates but rigorously critiques Nietzsche's power position thirty years in advance.

Table of Contents

Contents: Introduction: the problem with power; For the taking: Nietzsche's view of the universe; Appropriating power: Nietzsche's concept of power; To have and uphold: Kierkegaard's view of the universe; Abundant power: Kierkegaard's concept of power; Worlds apart: comparing perspectives; Power in principle: comparing the masters; Conclusions: expanding the dialogue; Bibliography; Index.

About the Author

J. Keith Hyde teaches at University College of the North, Thompson, Manitoba, Canada.

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PHILOSOPHY / Religious