Starting With Kierkegaard

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  • Copyright: 2011-04-21
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic

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A new introduction to Kierkegaard, guiding the student through the key concepts of his work by examining the overall development of his ideas.

Author Biography

Patrick Sheil read English and Modern Languages at King's College, Cambridge, where he then completed an M.Phil. and a Ph.D. on Kierkegaard and Levinas. His publications include Kierkegaard and Levinas: The Subjunctive Mood (Ashgate, 2010). He currently works as a news writer and web developer for Cambridgeshire County Council.

Table of Contents

Prefacep. vii
Abbreviationsp. x
Introduction, Historical Context and Biographical Outlinep. 1
Short Introduction: A Starting Place for Kierkegaardp. 1
Biographical Outlinep. 6
Influences and Historical Contextp. 11
Central Themes and Key Motifsp. 19
The Occasion and an Occasion for Startingp. 19
Sinp. 25
Self-Accusationp. 30
Comparisonp. 32
Stillnessp. 37
The Multiplicityp. 42
Immediacyp. 48
The Varieties of Immediacy in Works from the Mid-1840sp. 48
Immediacy and the Religious Followerp. 54
Immediacy in The Sickness unto Deathp. 58
Ethics and Lovep. 66
In Search of the Ethicalp. 66
Starting with Godp. 72
How is It to be Done?p. 79
Starting with My Wretchednessp. 81
True Love is Wanting to be in the Wrong!p. 86
Uneasy Participationp. 89
Despair and Hopep. 92
Despair in The Sickness unto Deathp. 92
Despair Leading into Hopep. 101
Kierkegaard and Paul: Romans and Corinthians in Works of Lovep. 103
His Continuing Relevance: Community and the Individualp. 110
The Impenitent Crowdp. 110
Individuals and 'the Idea'p. 115
Kierkegaard versus the Herdp. 117
Denmark's a Prisonp. 119
Kierkegaard: Conservative Revolutionaryp. 122
Faith in Others as a Basisp. 124
Community and Individualityp. 129
Democracy and Equalityp. 133
Adorno's Critiquep. 136
Kierkegaard on the Offensivep. 144
Alternative Endingsp. 149
Notesp. 151
Bibliographyp. 164
Indexp. 170
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