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Kierkegaard: An Introduction
     

Kierkegaard: An Introduction

by C. Stephen Evans
 

ISBN-10: 0521700418

ISBN-13: 9780521700412

Pub. Date: 05/31/2009

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

C. Stephen Evans provides a clear, readable introduction to Sφren Kierkegaard (1813-55) as a philosopher and thinker. His book is organized 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

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C. Stephen Evans provides a clear, readable introduction to Sφren Kierkegaard (1813-55) as a philosopher and thinker. His book is organized 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 emphasizes the importance of Christianity for understanding Kierkegaard, 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521700412
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
05/31/2009
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
222
Sales rank:
1,061,989
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.50(d)

Table of Contents

Preface ix

Chronology xiii

Sigla used for Kierkegaard's published writings xv

1 Introduction: Kierkegaard's life and works 1

2 Pseudonymity and indirect communication 24

3 The human self: Truth and subjectivity 46

4 The stages of existence: Forms of the aesthetic life 68

5 The ethical life as the quest for selfhood 90

6 Religious existence: Religiousness A 110

7 Christian existence: Faith and the paradox 139

8 Kierkegaard's dual challenge to the contemporary world 167

For further reading: some personal suggestions 196

Index 201

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