Kierkegaard and Modern Continental Philosophy: An Introduction

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In Kierkegaard and Modern European Philosophy: An Introduction Michael Weston argues that, despite being acknowledged as a precursor to Nietzsche and post-Nietzschean thinkers such as Heidegger and Derrida, the radical nature of Kierkegaard's critique of philosophy has been missed.
Weston examines and explains the metaphysical tradition, as exemplified by Plato and Hegel, and the post-metaphysical critiques of Nietzsche, Heidegger and Derrida. He shows how Kierkegaard's ethical ...

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Overview

In Kierkegaard and Modern European Philosophy: An Introduction Michael Weston argues that, despite being acknowledged as a precursor to Nietzsche and post-Nietzschean thinkers such as Heidegger and Derrida, the radical nature of Kierkegaard's critique of philosophy has been missed.
Weston examines and explains the metaphysical tradition, as exemplified by Plato and Hegel, and the post-metaphysical critiques of Nietzsche, Heidegger and Derrida. He shows how Kierkegaard's ethical critique of philosophy undermines the former and escapes the latter. He considers another ethical critique of philosophy, that of Levinas, before identifying ethics as the non-philosophical site where philosophy can be criticised. Kierkegaard and Modern European Philosophy: An Introduction argues that, by refusing to allow philosophy jurisdiction over ethics and religion, Kieregaard's critique applies as much to modern continental thought as to the metaphysical thought it seeks to undermine.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415101202
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 5/18/1994
  • Pages: 216
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.45 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface
Introduction 1
1 Kierkegaard and the metaphysical project 11
2 Kierkegaard, Heidegger and the problem of existence 33
3 Happiness, self-affirmation and God: Nietzsche and Kierkegaard 58
4 God and Heidegger's later thought 93
5 Derrida, Wittgenstein and the question of grounds 116
6 Philosophy as hubris 136
7 Philosophy always comes too late: Levinas and Kierkegaard 156
8 A concluding revocation 175
Notes 178
References 195
Index 199
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