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From the Publisher"...up until Jacob Howland's fine monograph, no one has written, at least in English, a study specifically devoted to Kierkegaard's attitude towards Socrates. What immediately emerges from this book is how differently Socrates influenced Kierkegaard than he did Plato."
—Edward T. Oaks, S.J., First Things
"Kierkegaard and Socrates is written in a lucid and engaging manner. I will be of interest to those seeking to make sense of one of the most important of Kierkegaard's texts, scholars interested in the Socrates of Plato's dialogues, and anyone concerned with the relationship between philosophy and faith."
—Jamie Turnbull, University of Hertfordshire, Journal of the History of Philosophy
"...An important, original, and incisive contribution to Kierkegaard scholarship. Howland's work has defeated, one hopes for all time, the lamentably common misreading of Fragments as an anti-philosophical work of Christian apologetics...challenges us all to rethink our assumptions about the relation between philosophy and faith in Kierkegaard's thought."
—David D. Possen, Review of Politics
"Howland makes a real contribution to Kierkegaard scholarship by showing the affinities between the philosophy of Socrates and the Socratic-Christian faith espoused in one corner of Kierkegaard's writing...it should satisfy a great many readers seeking a better understanding of Kierkegaardian faith. And for a scholar of Plato to make an illuminating venture into the study of Soren Kierkegaard..."
—Jonathan Malesic, King's College: Modern Theology
"...Howland's book is very well-written. It is a pleasure to read, clear and well-argued, even stylish in some respects. The book not only gives a new perspective on Kierkegaard, but offers new insights into Plato/Socrates as well as a result of seeing the parallels with Kierkegaard. Most importantly, Howland helps us think in a new and original way about perennial questions: What is the relation of faith to reason? How is philosophy related to revelation? It can thus be read with profit by those interested in Kierkegaard, Socrates, Plato, and anyone interested in basic issues in the philosophy of religion."
—C. Stephen Evans, Baylor University, The Review of Metaphysics