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Kierkegaard

by M. Jamie Ferreira
     
 

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This introduction to the writings of Søren Kierkegaard is for anyone who has felt daunted by the prospect of reading and understanding the work of one of the most important yet elusive 19th century thinkers. Kierkegaard scholar M. Jamie Ferreira sets out to make the Danish philosopher’s work accessible with a unique and innovative “how to”

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This introduction to the writings of Søren Kierkegaard is for anyone who has felt daunted by the prospect of reading and understanding the work of one of the most important yet elusive 19th century thinkers. Kierkegaard scholar M. Jamie Ferreira sets out to make the Danish philosopher’s work accessible with a unique and innovative “how to” approach, guiding readers through his works and showing how he thought, rather than simply what he thought.

Kierkegaard is the first detailed introduction to his entire body of work, illustrating how literary, philosophical, theological, and psychological influences coincide in both the religious and pseudonymous (philosophical) works. Ferreira highlights the literary strategies Kierkegaard employed to awaken and challenge the reader and observes that the two very different arcs of his writing are nevertheless inexorably intertwined, rather than merely parallel, exerting a dramatic and dynamic influence on one other.

The result is an extraordinary text, suitable for accompanying the new reader of the primary works but with many things to offer those returning to them.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
“Ferreira manages with fine-grained precision to chart a double strand through Kierkegaard's life-works, 1843-55. Only a miniaturist of her especially sharp eye and steady hand could accomplish this in anything like the accuracy and detail everywhere so evident.” (Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews, March 2009)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781405142786
Publisher:
Wiley
Publication date:
11/17/2008
Series:
Blackwell Great Minds Series
Pages:
216
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.50(d)

What People are saying about this

From the Publisher
"This work is an insightful introduction by one of Kierkegaard's foremost interpreters. Ferreira introduces readers to Kierkegaard by introducing them to Kierkegaard's texts, and she does so with sensitivity and grace. A remarkable achievement."
Professor C. Stephen Evans, Baylor University

"Jamie Ferreira's 'Kierkegaard' is clearly written, pedagogically sensitive, and informed by the best current research. It offers teachers, researchers and first-time readers a reliable guide to the whole Kierkegaard, including his edifying and religious works."
Professor George Pattison, University of Oxford

"Jamie Ferreira has accomplished what I myself would find impossible: She has written an intellectual introduction to Kierkegaard that is accessible to the general reader. Her book provides a comprehensive account of the content of Kierkegaard’s writings and captures the spirit of his work. In short, she strikes a felicitous balance between what and how Kierkegaard thought."
Niels Jørgen Cappelørn, Søren Kierkegaard Research Center, University of Copenhagen

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Meet the Author

M. Jamie Ferreira is the Carolyn M. Barbour Professor of Religious Studies at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville. She holds a Ph.D. in the Philosophy of Religion from Princeton University, has taught Religious Studies and Philosophy for 30 years, was president of the Søren Kierkegaard Society and has been a Visiting Professor and Research Associate at the Søren Kierkegaard Research Center at the University of Copenhagen. She is the author of Doubt and Religious Commitment: The Role of the Will in Newman's Thought (1980); Scepticism and Reasonable Doubt (1986); Transforming Vision: Imagination and Will in Kierkegaardian Faith (1991); and Love's Grateful Striving: A Commentary on Kierkegaard's Works of Love (2001).

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