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Volume 11, Tome II: Kierkegaard's Influence on Philosophy

Francophone Philosophy

Edited by Jon Stewart

© 2012 – Routledge

280 pages

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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 tomes in this volume seek to document the different traditions of the philosophical reception of Kierkegaard's thought and the articles demonstrate the reach of Kierkegaard's writings in philosophical contexts that were often different from his own. The present volume attempts to document these different traditions of the philosophical reception of Kierkegaard's thought. The articles featured here aim to demonstrate the vast reach of Kierkegaard's writings in philosophical contexts that were often quite different from his own. Tome II is dedicated to exploring Kierkegaard's influence on Francophone philosophy. The French intellectual tradition squares well with Kierkegaard's eclectic profile since its leading figures are often difficult to classify unambiguously as philosophers, theologians, literary critics or simply writers. Kierkegaard's thinking was highly influential for many generations of French philosophers right up to the present. It was not just existentialism that tried to co-opt Kierkegaard for its own purposes; he has also been influential in the context of almost every modern school of French thought: phenomenology, feminism, structuralism, post-structuralism, semiotics, and deconstruction.


'… one of the virtues of this collection is to catalogue the immense diversity of readings of Kierkegaard among a couple of generations of French thinkers…' H-France 'A brilliant example of scholarship, this well-referenced collection will appeal to specialists.' French Review

Table of Contents

Contents: Sylviane Agacinski: reading Kierkegaard to keep intact the secret, Kevin Newmark; Roland Barthes: style, language, silence, Joseph Westfall; Georges Bataille: Kierkegaard and the claim for the sacred, Laura Llevadot; Maurice Blanchot: spaces of literature/spaces of religion, Daniel Greenspan; Gilles Deleuze: Kierkegaard's presence in his writings, José Miranda Justo; Jacques Derrida: faithful heretics, Marius Timmann Mjaaland; Jacques Ellul: Kierkegaard's profound and seldom acknowledged influence on Ellul's writing, Sarah Pike Cabral; Pierre Hadot: philosophy as a way of life: Hadot and Kierkegaard's Socrates, Nicolae Irina; Emmanuel Levinas: an ambivalent but decisive reception, Jeffrey Hanson; Jean-Luc Marion: the paradoxical givenness of love, Leo Stan; Paul Ricoeur: on Kierkegaard, the limits of philosophy, and the consolation of hope, Joel D.S. Rasmussen; Indexes.

About the Editor

Jon Stewart is an Associate Research Professor in the Søren Kierkegaard Research Centre at the University of Copenhagen, Denmark.

About the Series

Kierkegaard Research: Sources, Reception and Resources

Kierkegaard Research: Sources, Reception and Resources
The Kierkegaard Research Series is a multi volume series dedicated to a systematic coverage of all aspects of Kierkegaard Studies. Interdisciplinary in nature, the series combines articles on philosophy, theology, literature, psychology and history written by the leading international Kierkegaard scholars arranged into thematically organised volumes. Each volume contains a detailed introduction, written by the editors, which traces the history of the given theme in Kierkegaard studies and an extensive index making it easy to find where the specific themes, works and persons are treated. Under the editorial supervision and organisation of the Søren Kierkegaard Research Centre at The University of Copenhagen, this series serves as both a reference work for Kierkegaard students and as a forum for new research. The series is divided into three main parts; 'Kierkegaard’s Sources' includes articles which perform source-work research in order to discover and document the numerous sources of Kierkegaard’s thought; 'Kierkegaard's Reception' includes articles treating the countless aspects of the reception of Kierkegaard’s thought and writings in the different research traditions and the third section is for reference works including an extensive bibliography of works on Kierkegaard and a volume containing a list of the books Kierkegaard owned as they appear in the auction catalogue of his library. The Kierkegaard Research series is the most important, significant and comprehensive publishing treatment in English of the work and impact of Soren Kierkegaard.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
PHILOSOPHY / History & Surveys / Modern