9780826450869

Kierkegaard

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  • ISBN13:

    9780826450869

  • ISBN10:

    0826450865

  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2001-04-18
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic
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Summary

Soren Kierkegaard (1813-1855) has been proposed as the 'father' of existentialism, as a forerunner of post-modernism and as the proponent of a purely humanistic religiosity. According to Julia Watkin all of these approaches suppress the reality of Kierkegaard as a Christian thinker, albeit one of a uniquely challenging cast who saw the need to treat Christianity as a personal existential adventure in which one is not afraid to risk oneself. In Kierkegaard, Watkin uses Danish critical sources to classify the legendary thinker as one of a radical Christian persuasion.Kierkegaard raised and addressed vital philosophical and ethical-religious questions about existence in a way that continues to be relevant across disciplines, generations, and cultures. This book distinctly and simply introduces Kierkegaard to new readers as a Christian religious thinker.

Table of Contents

Editorial foreword vii
Preface ix
Abbreviations and bibliography xi
Acknowledgements xxi
The approach to Kierkegaard
1(5)
Personal and cultural background
6(17)
Existence and vocation
23(23)
The world and our place in it
23(6)
Kierkegaard's vocation - monastery in the world
29(17)
The authorship
46(10)
Structure
46(2)
Method of communication
48(4)
Kierkegaard's `stages'
52(4)
Life in a Christian culture
56(22)
Life without Christianity
56(9)
Society built on Christian ethics
65(13)
Christianity in conflict with culture
78(16)
The tension of dying to the world
78(8)
Divine command and revelation
86(8)
Kierkegaard and the Christian tradition
94(12)
Kierkegaard in an ecumenical perspective
106(7)
Index 113

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