The Philosophy of Kierkegaard

The Philosophy of Kierkegaard

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Although the ideas of Soren Kierkegaard played a pivotal role in the shaping of mainstream German philosophy and the history of French existentialism, the question of how philosophers should read Kierkegaard is a difficult one to settle. His intransigent religiosity has led some philosophers to view him as essentially a religious thinker of a singularly anti-philosophical attitude who should be left to the theologians. In this major new survey of Kierkegaard's thought, George Pattison addresses this question head on and shows that although it would be difficult to claim a "philosophy of Kierkegaard" as one could a philosophy of Kant, or of Hegel, there are nevertheless significant points of common interest between Kierkegaard's central thinking and the questions that concern philosophers today. The challenge of self-knowledge in an age of moral and intellectual uncertainty that lies at the heart of Kierkegaard's writings remains as important today as it did in the culture of post-Enlightenment modernity.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 224 pages
  • 156 x 234mm | 454g
  • Acumen Publishing Ltd
  • Durham, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1844650308
  • 9781844650309

Table of contents

Acknowledgements Abbreviations and forms of reference Introduction: Kierkegaard and Philosophy 1. Existence 2. Anxiety 3. The Good 4. The Infinite Qualitative Difference and the Absolute Paradox Epilogue: The Christian Witness and the Simple Wise Man of Ancient Times Notes Guide to Further Reading Index
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"Pattison achieves an expert clarity in introducing core questions confronting any potential philosophy of Kierkegaard. Not only is it sufficiently accessible for the uninitiated, it also importantly offers novel insights and questions for the possible relation of Kierkegaard's religious thought to the contemporary discipline of philosophy." - Religious Studies "This excellent book offers a wide-ranging overview of Kierkegaard's thought. The way in which the topics are handled is expert, and the way in which some of the themes are connected is genuinely original, all of which shows Pattison's firm mastery of the Kierkegaard corpus." - John Lippitt, University of Hertfordshire "A wonderfully readable book. Pattison asks a great question: if one doesn't accept Kierkegaard's religious conclusions does the whole structure of the anthropology become irrelevant? That question is something that all Kierkegaard scholars could benefit from considering." M. Jamie Ferreira, University of Virginia
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About George Pattison

George Pattison is Lady Margaret Professor of Theology at the University of Oxford.
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