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Volume 14: Kierkegaard's Influence on Social-Political Thought

1st Edition

Edited by Jon Stewart


312 pages

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While scholars have long recognized Kierkegaard's important contributions to fields such as ethics, aesthetics, philosophy of religion, philosophical psychology, and hermeneutics, it was usually thought that he had nothing meaningful to say about society or politics. Kierkegaard has been traditionally characterized as a Christian writer who placed supreme importance on the inward religious life of each individual believer. His radical view seemed to many to undermine any meaningful conception of the community, society or the state. In recent years, however, scholars have begun to correct this image of Kierkegaard as an apolitical thinker. The present volume attempts to document the use of Kierkegaard by later thinkers in the context of social-political thought. It shows how his ideas have been employed by very different kinds of writers and activists with very different political goals and agendas. Many of the articles show that, although Kierkegaard has been criticized for his reactionary views on some social and political questions, he has been appropriated as a source of insight and inspiration by a number of later thinkers with very progressive, indeed, visionary political views.

Table of Contents

Contents: Preface; Giorgio Agamben: state of exception, Leif Bork Hansen; Hannah Arendt: religion, politics and influence of Kierkegaard, Marcio Gimenes de Paula; Alain Badiou: thinking the subject after the death of God, Michael O'Neill Burns; Judith Butler: Kierkegaard as her early teacher in rhetoric and parody, Gerhard Tonhauser; Jürgen Habermas: social selfhood, religion, and Kierkegaard, J. Michael Tilley; Martin Luther King Jr: Kierkegaard's Works of Love, King's Strength to Love, Nigel Hatton; György Lukács: from a tragic love story to a tragic life story, András Nagy; Herbert Marcuse: social critique, Haecker and Kierkegaardian individualism, J. Michael Tilley; José Ortega y Gasset: meditations on 'provincial romanticism', Robert Puchniak; Jean-Paul Sartre: between Kierkegaard and Marx, Michael O'Neill Burns; Carl Schmitt: zones of exception and appropriation, Bartholomew Ryan; Eric Voegelin: politics, history, and the anxiety of existence, Peter Brickey LeQuire; Cornel West: Kierkegaard and the construction of a 'blues philosophy', Marcia C. Robinson; Richard Wright: Kierkegaard's influence as existentialist outsider, Jennifer Elisa Veninga; 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 / Political