Kierkegaard's relation to the field of philosophy is a particularly complex and disputed one. He rejected the model of philosophical inquiry that was mainstream in his day and was careful to have his pseudonymous authors repeatedly disassociate themselves from philosophy. But although it seems clear that Kierkegaard never regarded himself as a philosopher, there can be no doubt that his writings contain philosophical ideas and insights and have been profoundly influential in a number of different philosophical traditions. The present volume documents these different traditions of the philosophical reception of Kierkegaard's thought and the articles featured demonstrate the vast reach of Kierkegaard's writings in philosophical contexts that were often quite different from his own. Tome I is dedicated to exploring the reception of Kierkegaard in Germanophone and Scandinavian philosophy. Kierkegaard has been a major influence for such different philosophical projects as phenomenology, hermeneutics, dialogical thinking, critical theory, Marxism, logical positivism and ordinary language philosophy. Similarly in Denmark and Norway Kierkegaard's writings have been more or less constantly discussed by important philosophers, despite the later dominance of analytic philosophy in these countries. The present tome features articles on the leading Germanophone and Scandinavian philosophers influenced by Kierkegaard's thought.
Table of Contents
Contents: Preface; Part I German Philosophy: Theodor W. Adorno: tracing the trajectory of Kierkegaard's unintended triumphs and defeats, Peter Å ajda; Walter Benjamin: appropriating the Kierkegaardian aesthetic, Joseph Westfall; Ernst Bloch: The thinker of Utopia's reading of Kierkegaard, Alina Vaisfeld; William Dilthey: Kierkegaard's influence on Dilthey's work, Elisabetta Basso; Ferdinand Ebner: Ebner's Neuer Mann, Dustin Feddon and Patricia Stanley; Hans-Georg Gadamer: Kierkegaardian traits in Gadamer's philosophical hermeneutics, Luiz Rohden; Edmund Husserl: naturalism, subjectivity, eternity, Jamie Turnbull; Karl LÃ¶with: in search of a singular man, Noreen Khawaja; Michael Theunissen: fortune and misfortune of temporality, Stefan Egenberger; Ludwig Wittgenstein: Kierkegaard's influence on the origin of analytic philosophy, Thomas Miles. Part II Scandinavian Philosophy: Hans BrÃ¸chner: professor of philosophy, antagonist - and a loving and admiring relative, Carl Henrik Koch; Harald HÃ¸ffding: the respectful critic, Carl Henrik Koch; Peter Wessel Zapffe: Kierkegaard as a forerunner of pessimistic existentialism, Roe Fremstedal; Indexes.
Jon Stewart is an Associate Research Professor in the SÃ¸ren Kierkegaard Research Centre at the University of Copenhagen, Denmark.