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The Kierkegaardian Mind

ISBN 9781138092716
Published May 16, 2019 by Routledge
496 Pages

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Book Description

Søren Kierkegaard (1813-1855) remains one of the most enigmatic, captivating, and elusive thinkers in the history of European thought.

The Kierkegaardian Mind provides a comprehensive survey of his work, not only placing it in its historical context but also exploring its contemporary significance. Comprising thirty-eight chapters by a team of international contributors, this handbook is divided into eight parts covering the following themes:

  • Methodology
  • Ethics
  • Aesthetics
  • Philosophy of Religion and Theology
  • Philosophy of Mind
  • Anthropology
  • Epistemology
  • Politics.

Essential reading for students and researchers in philosophy, Kierkegaard’s work is central to the study of political philosophy, literature, existentialist thought, and theology.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Kierkegaard’s Life, Context, and Legacy Adam Buben, Eleanor Helms, and Patrick Stokes

Part 1: Methodology

1. The Passion of Kierkegaard’s Existential Method Lee C. Barrett

2. Johannes Climacus and the Dialectical Method: From Dialectics Back to Existence Claudine Davidshofer

3. Kierkegaard’s Experimenting Psychology William McDonald

4. Methodology and the Kierkegaardian Mind Jamie Turnbull

Part 2: Ethics

5. Ethical Reflection as Evasion Rob Compaijen and Pieter Vos

6. Kierkegaard and Moral Particularism and Exemplarism Karl Aho

7. Beyond Worry? On Learning Humility from the Lilies and the Birds John Lippitt

8. Did Napoleon Teleologically Suspend the Ethical? A Dilemma for some ‘Hegelian’ Readings of Fear and Trembling Ryan S. Kemp

9. An Ethics of Home and Hope: Kierkegaard’s Exile and Heidegger’s Emigrant Megan Altman

10. Love for Humans: Morality as the Heart of Kierkegaard’s Religious Philosophy Sharon Krishek

Part 3: Aesthetics

11. The Ethical Life of Aesthetes Ulrika Carlsson

12. Kierkegaard on Nature and Natural Beauty Anthony Rudd

13. Kierkegaard's Transfigurations of the Sublime Samuel Cuff Snow

14. Kierkegaard on the Value of Art: An Indirect Method of Communication Antony Aumann

15. Deleuze on Kierkegaard Andrew Jampol-Petzinger

Part 4: Philosophy of Religion and Theology

16. Kierkegaard’s Existential Mimesis Wojciech Kaftanski

17. Becoming a Subject: Kierkegaard’s Theological Art of Existence Peder Jothen

18. Engendering Atonement: Kierkegaard on the Cross Deidre Nicole Green

19. On Faith and Reason(s): Kierkegaard’s Logic of Conviction K. Brian Söderquist

20. Coming to an Understanding with the Paradox Mark A. Wrathall

21. Kierkegaard’s Defense of Nature and Theology against Natural Theology Will Williams

Part 5: Philosophy of Mind

22. Consciousness, Self, and Reflection Patrick Stokes

23. Conscience, Self-Deception, and the Question of Authenticity in Kierkegaard Claudia Welz

24. Imagination and Belief Eleanor Helms

25. Agency, Identity, and Alienation in The Sickness unto Death Justin White

Part 6: Anthropology

26. Kierkegaard’s Post-Kantian Approach to Anthropology and Selfhood Roe Fremstedal

27. Images of the Closed Self in The Sickness unto Death Anna Strelis Söderquist

28. The Kierkegaardian Self: Convergences and Divergences Jack Mulder, Jr.

29. Kierkegaard and the Desirability of Immortality Adam Buben

Part 7: Epistemology

30. Christian Epistemology and the Anthropology of Sin: Kierkegaard on Natural Theology and the Concept of ‘Offense’ Karen L. Carr

31. Varieties of Existential Uncertainty Rick Anthony Furtak

32. Irony and the Conversion Experience Walter Wietzke

33. Logic, Language, and Existential Knowledge Mélissa Fox-Muraton

34. The Incognito of a Thief: Johannes Climacus and the Poetics of Self-incrimination Martijn Boven

Part 8: Politics

35. Lukacs, Kierkegaard, Marx, and the Political Alison Assiter

36. Kierkegaard: The Dialectical Self and the Political Shoni Rancher

37. Kierkegaard, Hegel, and Augustine on Love Thomas J. Millay

38. The Covetous Canary: Kierkegaard on the Problem of Social Comparison and the Cultivation of Social Courage Paul Carron.


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Adam Buben is a Universitair Docent 1 in Philosophy at Leiden University in the Netherlands.

Eleanor Helms is an Associate Professor of Philosophy at California Polytechnic State University at San Luis Obispo, USA.

Patrick Stokes is Associate Professor of Philosophy at Deakin University, Melbourne, Australia.