The Paradoxical Rationality of Soren Kierkegaard

The Paradoxical Rationality of Soren Kierkegaard

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Richard McCombs presents Soren Kierkegaard as an author who deliberately pretended to be irrational in many of his pseudonymous writings in order to provoke his readers to discover the hidden and paradoxical rationality of faith. Focusing on pseudonymous works by Johannes Climacus, McCombs interprets Kierkegaardian rationality as a striving to become a self consistently unified in all its dimensions: thinking, feeling, willing, acting, and communicating. McCombs argues that Kierkegaard's strategy of feigning irrationality is sometimes brilliantly instructive, but also partly misguided. This fresh reading of Kierkegaard addresses an essential problem in the philosophy of religion-the relation between faith and reason.show more

Product details

  • Hardback | 264 pages
  • 165 x 234 x 28mm | 539.99g
  • Indiana University Press
  • Bloomington, IN, United States
  • English
  • 0253006473
  • 9780253006479
  • 1,435,124

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"As the title The Paradoxical Rationality of Soren Kierkegaard suggests, Richard McCombs sets out to dispel the... common view that Kierkegaard is an irrationalist, especially when it comes to matters of faith. Much of the book is dedicated to the idea that despite Kierkegaard's many direct statements against reason, he is actually making an indirect case for how sensible faith in Christ really is." -International Journal of Philosophiical Studies "A strong and original argument that goes against popular understandings of Kierkegaard." -C. Stephen Evans, Baylor Universityshow more

About Richard Phillip McCombs

Richard McCombs teaches at St. John's College in Santa Fe.show more

Table of contents

AcknowledgmentsAbbreviations1. A Pretense of Irrationalism2. Paradoxical Rationality3. Reverse Theology4. The Subtle Power of Simplicity5. A Critique of Indirect Communication6. The Figure of Socrates and the Climacean Capacity of Paradoxical Reason7. The Figure of Socrates and the Downfall of Paradoxical Reason8. The Proof of Paradoxical ReasonNotesBibliographyIndexshow more

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