Volume 7, Tome I: Kierkegaard and his Danish Contemporaries - Philosophy, Politics and Social Theory: 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

Volume 7, Tome I: Kierkegaard and his Danish Contemporaries - Philosophy, Politics and Social Theory

1st Edition

Edited by Jon Stewart


350 pages

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The period of Kierkegaard's life corresponds to Denmark's "Golden Age," which is conventionally used to refer to the period covering roughly the first half of the nineteenth century, when Denmark's most important writers, philosophers, theologians, poets, actors and artists flourished. Kierkegaard was often in dialogue with his fellow Danes on key issues of the day. His authorship would be unthinkable without reference to the Danish State Church, the Royal Theater, the University of Copenhagen or the various Danish newspapers and journals, such as The Corsair, Fædrelandet, and Kjøbenhavns flyvende Post, which played an undeniable role in shaping his development. The present volume features articles that employ source-work research in order to explore the individual Danish sources of Kierkegaard's thought. The volume is divided into three tomes in order to cover the different fields of influence. Tome I is dedicated to exploring the sources that fall under the rubrics, "Philosophy, Politics and Social Theory." With regard to philosophy, Kierkegaard read the works of all the foremost Danish thinkers of the time and their German antecedents, in particular Kant, Schilling and Hegel. While he was sympathetic to individual ideas offered by this tradition, he was generally keen to criticize the German model of philosophy and to propose a new paradigm for philosophical thought that was more in tune with lived existence. Kierkegaard also experienced the dynamic period in history that saw the great upheavals throughout Europe in connection with the revolutions of 1848 and the First Schleswig War. While it has long been claimed that Kierkegaard was not interested in politics, recent research supports a quite different picture. To be sure, he cannot be regarded as a political scientist or social theorist in a traditional sense, but he was nonetheless engaged in the issues of his day, and in his works one can certainly find material that can be insightful for the fields of politics and social theory.

Table of Contents

Contents: Preface; Andreas Frederick Beck: a good dialectician and a bad reader, K. Brian Söderquist; Jens Finsteen Giødwad: an amiable friend and a despicable journalist, Andrea Scaramuccia; Johan Ludwig Heiberg: Kierkegaard's criticism of Hegel's Danish apologist, Jon Stewart; J.L.A. Kolderup-Rosenvinge: Kierkegaard on walking away from politics, J. Michael Tilley; Orla Lehmann: Kierkegaard's political alter-ego?, Julie K. Allen; Poul Martin Møller: Kierkegaard and the confidant of Socrates, Finn Gredal Jensen; Ditlev Gothard Monrad: Kierkegaard on politics, the liberal movement, and the Danish constitution, J. Michael Tilley; Rasmus Nielsen: from the object of 'prodigious concern' to a 'windbag', Jon Stewart; Hans Christian Ørsted: Søren Kierkegaard and The Spirit in Nature, Bjarne Troelsen; Frederick Christian Sibbern: 'the lovable, remarkable thinker, Councilor Sibbern' and 'the political Simple-Peter Sibbern', Carl Henrik Koch; Henrich Steffens: combining Danish romanticism with Christian orthodoxy, Andrew J. Burgess; Peter Michael Stilling: as successor? 'Undeniably a possibility', Carl Henrik Koch; Frederik Ludvig Zeuthen: 'I struck a light, lit a fire - now it is burning. And this "fire" Dr Zeuthen wants to extinguish - with an "enema syringe".', Carl Henrik Koch; 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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