Although Kierkegaard's reception was initially more or less limited to Scandinavia, it has for a long time now been a highly international affair. As his writings were translated into different languages his reputation spread, and he became read more and more by people increasingly distant from his native Denmark. While in Scandinavia, the attack on the Church in the last years of his life became something of a cause célèbre, later, many different aspects of his work became the object of serious scholarly investigation well beyond the original northern borders. As his reputation grew, he was co-opted by a number of different philosophical and religious movements in different contexts throughout the world. The three tomes of this volume attempt to record the history of this reception according to national and linguistic categories. Tome I covers the reception of Kierkegaard in Northern and Western Europe. The articles on Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Finland and Iceland can be said to trace Kierkegaard's influence in its more or less native Nordic Protestant context. Since the authors in these countries (with the exception of Finland) were not dependent on translations or other intermediaries, this represents the earliest tradition of Kierkegaard reception. The early German translations of his works opened the door for the next phase of the reception which expanded beyond the borders of the Nordic countries. The articles in the section on Western Europe trace his influence in Great Britain, the Netherlands and Flanders, Germany and Austria, and France. All of these countries and linguistic groups have their own extensive tradition of Kierkegaard reception.
Contents: Preface; Part I Northern Europe: Denmark: The permanent reception - 150 years of reading Kierkegaard, Steen Tullberg; Norway: 'You have no truth on board!' Kierkegaard's influences on Norway, Thor Arvid Dyrerud; Sweden: Kierkegaard's reception in Swedish philosophy, theology and contemporary literary theory, Jonna HjertstrÃ¶m-Lappalainen and Lars-Erik HjertstrÃ¶m-Lappalainen; Finland: The reception of Kierkegaard in Finland, Janne KylliÃ¤inen; Iceland: 'Neglect and misunderstanding': the reception of Kierkegaard in Iceland, VilhjÃ¡lmur Ãrnason. Part II Western Europe: Great Britain: From 'prophet of the now' to postmodern ironist (and after), George Pattison; The Netherlands and Flanders: Kierkegaard's reception in the Dutch-speaking world, Karl Verstrynge; Germany and Austria: A modest head start. The German reception of Kierkegaard, Heiko Schulz; France: Kierkegaard as a forerunner of existentialism and poststructuralism, Jon Stewart; Indexes.