Volume 6, Tome I: Kierkegaard and His German Contemporaries - Philosophy: 1st Edition (Paperback) book cover

Volume 6, Tome I: Kierkegaard and His German Contemporaries - Philosophy

1st Edition

Edited by Jon Stewart


402 pages

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This volume explores in detail Kierkegaard's various relations to his German contemporaries. Kierkegaard read German fluently and made extensive use of the writings of German-speaking authors. Apart from his contemporary Danish sources, the German sources were probably the most important in the development of his thought generally. This volume represents source-work research dedicated to tracing Kierkegaard's readings and use of the various German-speaking authors in the different fields in a way that is as clearly documented as possible. The volume has been divided into three tomes reflecting Kierkegaard's main areas of interest with regard to the German-speaking sources, namely, philosophy, theology and a more loosely conceived category, which has here been designated "literature and aesthetics." This first tome treats the German philosophical influences on Kierkegaard. The dependence of Danish philosophy on German philosophy is beyond question. In a book review in his Hegelian journal Perseus, the poet, playwright and critic, Johan Ludvig Heiberg laments the sad state of philosophy in Denmark, while lauding German speculative philosophy. Moreover, Kierkegaard's lifelong enemy, the theologian Hans Lassen Martensen claims without exaggeration that the Danish systems of philosophy can be regarded as the "disjecta membra" of earlier German systems. All of the major German idealist philosophers made an impact in Denmark: Kant, Fichte, Schelling, and most significantly, Hegel. Kierkegaard was widely read in the German philosophical literature, which he made use of in countless ways throughout his authorship.

Table of Contents

Contents; Preface; Baader: the centrality of original sin and the difference of immediacy and innocence, Peter Koslowski; Karl Bayer: Kierkgaards's attempt at social philosophy, J. Michael Tilley; Feuerbach: a malicious demon in the service of Christianity, István Czakó; I.H. Fichte: philosophy as the most cheerful form of service to God, Harmut Rosenau; J.G. Fichte: from transcendental ego to existence, David J. Kangas; Hegel: Kierkegaard's reading and use of Hegel's primary texts, Jon Stewart; Herder: a silent background and reservoir, Johannes Adamsen; Kant: a debt both obscure and enormous, Ronald M. Green; Lichtenberg: Lichtenberg's aphoristic thought and Kierkegaard's concept of the 'subjective existing thinker', Smail Rapic; Schelling: a historical introduction to Kierkegaard's Schelling; Tonny Aagaard Olesen; Schopenhauer: Kierkegaard's later encounter with his opposite, Simonella Davini; Schubert: Kierkegaard's reading of Gotthilf Heinrich Schubert's philosophy of nature, Stefan Eganberger; Trendelenberg: an ally against speculation, Darío González; Werder: the influence of Werder's lectures and logik on Kierkegaard's thought, Jon Stewart; Index of persons; Subject index.

About the Editor

Jon Stewart is Associate Research Professor in the Søren Kierkegaard Research Centre, 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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