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A Companion to Kierkegaard

Jon Stewart (Editor)

ISBN: 978-1-118-78381-8 December 2015 Wiley-Blackwell 544 Pages


Jon Stewart, one of the world’s leading experts on the work of Søren Kierkegaard, has here compiled the most comprehensive single-volume overview of Kierkegaard studies currently available.
  • Includes contributions from an international array of Kierkegaard scholars from across the disciplines
  • Covers all of the major disciplines within the broad field of Kierkegaard research, including philosophy; theology and religious studies; aesthetics, the arts and literary theory; and social sciences and politics
  • Elucidates Kierkegaard’s contribution to each of these areas through examining the sources he drew upon, charting the reception of his ideas, and analyzing his unique conceptual insights into each topic
  • Demystifies the complex field of Kierkegaard studies creating an accessible entry-point into his thought and writings for readers new to his work

Notes on Contributors ix

Acknowledgments xiii

Chronology of Kierkegaard's Works xiv

List of Abbreviations xviii

Editor's Introduction: Kierkegaard and the Rich Field of Kierkegaard Studies 1

Part I Philosophy 19

A. Sources 21

1 A Shimmering Socrates: Philosophy and Poetry in Kierkegaard's Platonic Authorship 23
Jacob Howland

2 Kierkegaard's Use of German Philosophy: Leibniz to Fichte 36
Roe Fremstedal

3 Kierkegaard's View of Hegel, His Followers and Critics 50
Jon Stewart

4 Kierkegaard's Relations to Danish Philosophy of the Golden Age 66
Carl Henrik Koch

B. Reception 81

5 Kierkegaard and Existentialism: From Anxiety to Autonomy 83
K. Brian Soderquist

6 Postmodernism and Deconstruction: Paradox, Sacrifice, and the Future of Writing 96
Marius Timmann Mjaaland

C. Concepts and Contributions 111

7 Kierkegaard's Views on Normative Ethics, Moral Agency, and Metaethics 113
Roe Fremstedal

8 Kierkegaard's Skepticism 126
Dario Gonzalez

Part II Theology and Religious Studies 139

A. Sources 141

9 Kierkegaard and Biblical Studies: A Critical Response to Nineteenth]Century Hermeneutics 143
Lee C. Barrett

10 Grace and Rigor in Kierkegaard's Reception of the Church Fathers 155
Jack Mulder, Jr.

11 Kierkegaard's Mystical and Spiritual Sources: Meister Eckhart to Tersteegen 167
Peter Sajda

12 Kierkegaard's Appropriation and Critique of Luther and Lutheranism 180
Lee C. Barrett

13 Shapers of Kierkegaard's Danish Church: Mynster, Grundtvig, Martensen 193
Curtis L. Thompson

B. Reception 207

14 From Barth to Tillich: Kierkegaard and the Dialectical Theologians 209
Heiko Schulz

15 Other Lutheran Theologians Responding Contextually to Kierkegaard 223
Curtis L. Thompson

16 Catholicism: Finding Inspiration and Provocation in Kierkegaard 237
Christopher B. Barnett and Peter Sajda

C. Concepts and Contributions 251

17 Kierkegaard as Existentialist Dogmatician: Kierkegaard on Systematic Theology, Doctrine, and Dogmatics 253
David R. Law

18 Biblical Variations: Kierkegaard's Rewritten "Life of Jesus" 269
Iben Damgaard

19 Rethinking Religion Existentially: New Approaches to Classical Problems of Religious Philosophy in Kierkegaard 281
Istvan Czako

Part III Aesthetics, the Arts, and Literary Theory 295

A. Sources 297

20 Kierkegaard's Use of German Literature 299
Joachim Grage

21 Kierkegaard and the Aesthetics of the Danish Golden Age 311
Nathaniel Kramer

B. Reception 325

22 Literature and (Anti])Humanism 327
Poul Houe

23 Kierkegaard's Influence on Literary Criticism and Theory: Irony, Repetition, Silence 341
J.D. Mininger

C. Concepts and Contributions 353

24 Existence and the Aesthetic Forms 355
Dario Gonzalez

25 Kierkegaard's Theatrical Aesthetic from Repetition to Imitation 367
Timothy Stock

Part IV Social Sciences and Politics 381

A. Sources 383

26 Politics, Society, and Theology in Golden Age Denmark: Key Themes and Figures 385
Stephen Backhouse

27 Reflections on Late Modernity: Kierkegaard in the "Present Age" 399
Daniel Conway

B. Reception 413

28 Between Anthropology, Sociology, and Psychology: The Insider/Outsider Self 415
Simon D. Podmore

29 Kierkegaard's Social]Political Posterity: A Still Unnavigated Maze 435
Leo Stan

C. Concepts and Contributions 451

30 Kierkegaard's Conception of Psychology: How to Understand It and Why It Still Matters 453
Rene Rosfort

31 Kierkegaard and the Limits of Philosophical Anthropology 468
Jamie Turnbull

32 Prolegomena for Thinking of Kierkegaard as a Social and Political Philosopher 480
J. Michael Tilley

33 Making Kierkegaard Relevant to Education Today 490
Timothy Hall

Index 502