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9780521700412

Kierkegaard: An Introduction

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  • ISBN13:

    9780521700412

  • ISBN10:

    0521700418

  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2009-04-27
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
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Summary

C. Stephen Evans provides a clear, readable introduction to Søren Kierkegaard (1813-55) as a philosopher and thinker. His book is organised around Kierkegaard's concept of the three 'stages' or 'spheres' of human existence, which provide both a developmental account of the human self and an understanding of three rival views of human life and its meaning. Evans also discusses such important Kierkegaardian concepts as 'indirect communication', 'truth as subjectivity', and the Incarnation understood as 'the Absolute Paradox'. Although his discussion emphasises the importance of Christianity for understanding Kierkgaard, it shows him to be a writer of great interest to a secular as well as a religious audience. Evans' book brings Kierkegaard into conversation with western philosophers past and present, presenting him as one who gives powerful answers to the questions which philosophers ask.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Kierkegaard's life and works
Pseudonymity and indirect communication
The human self: truth and subjectivity
The stages of existence: forms of the aesthetic life
The ethical life as the quest for selfhood
Religious existence: religiousness
Christian existence: faith and the paradox
Kierkegaard's dual challenge to the contemporary world
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