Kierkegaard, Communication, and Virtue

Kierkegaard, Communication, and Virtue : Authorship as Edification

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In contrast to recent postmodern and deconstructionist readings, Mark A. Tietjen believes that the purpose behind Kierkegaard's writings is the moral and religious improvement of the reader. Tietjen defends Kierkegaard against claims that certain features of his works, such as pseudonymity, indirect communication, irony, and satire are self-deceived or deceitful. Kierkegaard, Communication, and Virtue reveals how they are directly related to the virtues or moral issues being discussed. In fact, Tietjen argues, the manner of presentation is a critical element of the philosophical message being conveyed. Reading broadly in Kierkegaard's writings, he develops a hermeneutics of trust that fully illustrates Kierkegaard's aim to evoke faith in his reader.show more

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  • Hardback | 176 pages
  • 83.82 x 119.38 x 12.7mm | 158.76g
  • Indiana University Press
  • Bloomington, IN, United States
  • English
  • 0253008549
  • 9780253008541

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"Tietjen's critique of deconstructionist readings of Kierkegaard along with an emphasis on employing a hermeneutic of trust clearly distinguishes his work from other treatments of Kierkegaard as a virtue ethicist and edifying writer." -Sylvia Walsh, Stetson University "Mark A. Tietjen's book makes an important contribution towards clarifying a debatable issue, which is pivotal to the interpretation of Kierkegaard's writing, namely: how should one evaluate the diversity of voices and other literary devices characteristic of Kierkegaard's method of 'indirect communication'?" -Notre Dame Philosophical Reviewsshow more

About Mark A. Tietjen

Mark A. Tietjen is Associate Professor of Philosophy and Religion at the University of West Georgia.show more

Table of contents

AcknowledgementsSiglaIntroduction: Philosophy and EdificationPart I. Jest and/or Earnestness1. Blunt Reading2. Alternatives to Differance3. Communicating CapabilityPart II. Suspicion or Trust4. Deconstructing The Point of View5. Trusting The Point of View Part III. Faith and Virtue6. The Pseudonymous Dialectic of Faith, I7. The Pseudonymous Dialectic of Faith, IIConclusions: Kierkegaard, Virtue, and EdificationNotesWorks Cited Indexshow more

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