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Volume 13: Kierkegaard's Influence on the Social Sciences

By Jon Stewart

© 2011 – Routledge

356 pages

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Kierkegaard has long been known as a philosopher and theologian, but his contributions to psychology, anthropology and sociology have also made an important impact on these fields. In many of the works of his complex authorship, Kierkegaard presents his intriguing and unique vision of the nature and mental life of human beings individually and collectively. The articles featured in the present volume explore the reception of Kierkegaard's thought in the social sciences. Of these fields Kierkegaard is perhaps best known in psychology, where The Concept of Anxiety and The Sickness unto Death have been the two most influential texts. With regard to the field of sociology, social criticism, or social theory, Kierkegaard's Literary Review of Two Ages has also been regarded as offering valuable insights about some important dynamics of modern society..

Table of Contents

Contents: Preface; Jean Baudrillard: the seduction of Jean Baudrillard, Stuart Kendall; Ernest Becker: a Kirkegaardian theorist of death and human nature, Rick Anthony Furtak; Ludwig Binswanger: Kierkegaard's influence on Binswanger's work, Elisabetta Basso; Mircea Eliade: on religion, cosmos, and agony, Leo Stan; Erik Erikson: artist of moral development, Edward F. Mooney; Erich Fromm: the integrity of the self and the practice of love, John Lippitt; Anthony Giddens: Kierkegaard and the risk of existence, Søren Landkildehus; René Girard: from mimetic desire to anonymous masses, Diego Giordano; Carl Gustav Jung: a missed connection, Anthony Rudd; Julia Kristeva: tales of horror and love, Edward F. Mooney; Jacques Lacan: Kierkegaard as a Freudian questioner of the soul avant la letter, J.D. Mininger; Rollo May: existential psychology, Poul Houe; Carl R. Rogers: 'to be that self which one truly is', Simon D. Podmore; Max Weber: Weber's existential choice, Dustin Feddon; Irvin Yalom: the 'throw-ins' of psychotherapy, Almut Furchert; Slavoj Zizek: mirroring the absent god, Leo Stan; Indexes.

About the Author

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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PHILOSOPHY / Political