Kierkegaard on Faith and the Self: Collected Essays

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Kierkegaard on Faith and the Self represents a rich collection of studies that allow Søren Kierkegaard to speak directly to the questions of contemporary readers. Evans analyzes Kierkegaard as a philosopher, his perspectives on faith, reason, and epistemology, ethics, and his view of the self. Evans makes a strong case that Kierkegaard has something crucial to say to the Christian church as a philosopher and something equally crucial to say to the philosophical world as a Christian believer.
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A treasure trove from one of the world's finest Kierkegaard scholars. Fully sensitive to both the philosophical and theological dimensions of Kierkegaard's thought, Evans makes connections one will not find elsewhere. Like Kierkegaard's own writing, these essays are at once conceptually rigorous and spiritually up-building.

—Merold Westphal, Distinguished Professor of Philosophy, Fordham University

This collection of nineteen essays by Steve Evans is a treasure trove of incisive analytic papers on topics ranging from Kierkegaard's approach to philosophy to an extended reformist reading that illuminates both Kierkegaard and Plantinga in addition to penetrating studies of Kierkegaard's views of ethics, authority, and philosophical psychology. An absolutely necessary volume for Kierkegaard scholars, it will prove quite important for others in adjacent philosophic disciplines.

—Robert L. Perkins, Stetson University and Editor, International Kierkegaard Commentary

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781932792355
  • Publisher: Baylor University Press
  • Publication date: 4/1/2006
  • Series: Provost Ser.
  • Pages: 352
  • Product dimensions: 6.40 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 1.40 (d)

Meet the Author

C. Stephen Evans is a University Professor of Philosophy and the Humanities at Baylor University. He is the author of more than sixteen books, including Kierkegaard's Ethic of Love (2004), Pocket Dictionary of Apologetics and Philosophy of Religion (2003), and The Historical Christ and the Jesus of Faith (1996).
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Table of Contents



A Note on Citations from Kierkegaard


PART ONE. Introduction

1 Kierkegaard as a Christian Thinker

PART TWO. Kiekegaard the Philosopher

2 Realism and Antirealism in Kierkegaard's Concluding Unscientific Postscript

3 Kant and Kierkegaard on the Possibility of Metaphysics

4 The Role of Irony in Kierkegaard's Philosophical Fragments

5 Kierkegaard's View of Humor: Must Christians Always Be Solemn?

6 Misusing Religious Language: Something about Kierkegaard and The Myth of God Incarnate

PART THREE. Kierkegaard on Faith, Reason, and Reformed Epistemology

7 Is Kierkegaard an Irrationalist? Reason, Paradox, and Faith

8 Apologetic Arguments in Philosophical Fragments

9 The Relevance of Historical Evidence for Christian Faith: A Critique of a Kierkegaardian View

10 Kierkegaard and Plantinga on Belief in God: Subjectivity as the Ground of Properly Basic Religious Beliefs

11 Externalist Epistemology, Subjectivity, and Christian Knowledge: Plantinga and Kierkegaard

PART FOUR. Kierkegaard on Ethics and Authority

12 Faith as the Telos of Morality: A Reading of Fear and Trembling

13 A Kierkegaardian View of the Foundations of Morality

14 Kierkegaard on Religious Authority: The Problem of the Criterion

PART FIVE. Kierkegaard on the Self: Philosophical Psychology

15 Who is the Other in The Sickness unto Death? God and Human Relations in the Constitution of the Self

16 Kierkegaard's View of the Unconscious

17 Does Kierkegaard Think Beliefs Can Be Directly Willed?

18 Where There's a Will There's a Way: Kierkegaard's Theory of Action

PART SIX. Conclusion

19 Where Can Kierkegaard Take Us?




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