Reason and Conversion in Kierkegaard and the German Idealists

Reason and Conversion in Kierkegaard and the German Idealists

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In his late work Religion within the Boundaries of Mere Reason, Immanuel Kant struggles to answer a straightforward, yet surprisingly difficult, question: how is radical conversion-a complete reorientation of a person's most deeply held values-possible? In this book, Ryan S. Kemp and Christopher Iacovetti examine how this question gets taken up by Kant's philosophical heirs: Schelling, Fichte, Hegel and Kierkegaard. More than simply developing a novel account of each thinker's position, Kemp and Iacovetti trace how each philosopher formulates his theory in response to tensions in preceding views, culminating in Kierkegaard's claim that radical conversion lies outside a person's control. Kemp and Iacovetti close by examining some of the moral-psychological implications of Kierkegaard's account, particularly the question of how someone might responsibly relate to values that have, by their own admission, been acquired in contingent and accidental fashion.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 182 pages
  • 152 x 229 x 12.7mm | 454g
  • CRC Press Inc
  • Bosa Roca, United States
  • English
  • 0815396317
  • 9780815396314

Table of contents

Introduction: The Self Transformation Puzzle





Part I: Radical Conversion in Kant and the German Idealists





Chapter 1: The Problem of Conversion in Kant's Religion


Chapter 2: Schelling on Conversion from Dogmatism to Criticism


Chapter 3: Fichte on Becoming an Idealist


Chapter 4: Hegel on Culture, Philosophy, and Conversion





Part II: Kierkegaard's Break with the German Tradition





Chapter 5: Kierkegaard's Challenge to the Rational Affirmation Tradition


Chapter 6: Kierkegaard's Grace Account of Conversion


Chapter 7: A Kierkegaardian Case for Ethical Faith
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About Ryan S. Kemp

Ryan S. Kemp is Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Wheaton College (IL). His research focuses on 18th - and 19th -century European philosophy, especially the work of Kant and Kierkegaard. His recent work has appeared in Archiv fur Geschichte der Philosophie, British Journal for the History of Philosophy, and European Journal of Philosophy.





Christopher Iacovetti is a graduate student in philosophy and religion, with research interests in German Idealism, Christian Platonism, and autobiographical literature. Previous work of his has appeared in Epoche: A Journal for the History of Philosophy, Modern Theology, and Pro Ecclesia.
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