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Kierkegaard

ISBN: 978-1-4051-4278-6
216 pages
November 2008, Wiley-Blackwell
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The first comprehensive introduction to cover the entire span of Kierkegaard’s authorship.
  • Explores how the two strands of his writing—religious discourses and pseudonymous literary creations—influenced each other
  • Accompanies the reader chronologically through all the philosopher’s major works, and integrates his writing into his biography
  • Employs a unique “how to” approach to help the reader discover individual texts on their own and to help them closely examine Kierkegaard’s language
  • Presents the literary strategies employed in Kierkegaard’s work to give the reader insight into subtext
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Preface.

List of Abbreviations.

1. Introduction: Reading Kierkegaard.

2. Either – Or and the First Upbuilding Discourses.

3. Repetition, Fear and Trembling, and More Discourses.

4. Philosophical Fragments, The Concept Of Anxiety, and Discourses.

5. Concluding Unscientific Postscript and Two Ages.

6. Works of Love, Discourses, and Other Writings.

7. The Sickness unto Death and Discourses.

8. Practice in Christianity, Discourses, and the “Attack”.

9. Looking Back and Looking Ahead.

Index

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M. Jamie Ferreira is the Carolyn M. Barbour Professor of Religious Studies at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville. She holds a Ph.D. in the Philosophy of Religion from Princeton University, has taught Religious Studies and Philosophy for 30 years, was president of the Søren Kierkegaard Society and has been a Visiting Professor and Research Associate at the Søren Kierkegaard Research Center at the University of Copenhagen. She is the author of Doubt and Religious Commitment: The Role of the Will in Newman's Thought (1980); Scepticism and Reasonable Doubt (1986); Transforming Vision: Imagination and Will in Kierkegaardian Faith (1991); and Love's Grateful Striving: A Commentary on Kierkegaard's Works of Love (2001).
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  • The first comprehensive introduction to cover the entire span of Kierkegaard's authorship.


  • Explores how the two strands of his writing—religious discourses and pseudonymous literary creations—influenced each other


  • Accompanies the reader chronologically through all the philosopher’s major works, and integrates his writing into his biography


  • Employs a unique “how to” approach to help the reader discover individual texts on their own and to help them closely examine Kierkegaard’s language



  • Presents the literary strategies employed in Kierkegaard’s work to give the reader insight into subtext
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"This work is an insightful introduction by one of Kierkegaard's foremost interpreters. Ferreira introduces readers to Kierkegaard by introducing them to Kierkegaard's texts, and she does so with sensitivity and grace. A remarkable achievement."
Professor C. Stephen Evans, Baylor University

"Jamie Ferreira's 'Kierkegaard' is clearly written, pedagogically sensitive, and informed by the best current research. It offers teachers, researchers and first-time readers a reliable guide to the whole Kierkegaard, including his edifying and religious works."
Professor George Pattison, University of Oxford

"Jamie Ferreira has accomplished what I myself would find impossible: She has written an intellectual introduction to Kierkegaard that is accessible to the general reader. Her book provides a comprehensive account of the content of Kierkegaard’s writings and captures the spirit of his work. In short, she strikes a felicitous balance between what and how Kierkegaard thought."
Niels Jørgen Cappelørn, Søren Kierkegaard Research Center, University of Copenhagen

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