Kierkegaard's 'Concluding Unscientific Postscript': A Critical Guide

Kierkegaard's 'Concluding Unscientific Postscript': A Critical Guide

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by Rick Anthony Furtak
     
 

ISBN-10: 052189798X

ISBN-13: 9780521897983

Pub. Date: 08/31/2010

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

"S?ren Kierkegaard's Concluding Unscientific Postscript has provoked a lively variety of divergent interpretations for a century and a half. It has been both celebrated and condemned as the chief inspiration for twentieth-century existential thought, as a subversive parody of philosophical argument, as a critique of mass society, as a forerunner of phenomenology

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"S?ren Kierkegaard's Concluding Unscientific Postscript has provoked a lively variety of divergent interpretations for a century and a half. It has been both celebrated and condemned as the chief inspiration for twentieth-century existential thought, as a subversive parody of philosophical argument, as a critique of mass society, as a forerunner of phenomenology and of postmodern relativism, and as an appeal for a renewal of religious commitment. These new essays written by international Kierkegaard scholars offer a plurality of critical approaches to this fundamental text of existential philosophy. They cover hotly debated topics such as the tension between the Socratic-philosophical and the Christian-religious; the identity and personality of Kierkegaard's pseudonym 'Johannes Climacus'; his conceptions of paradoxical faith and of passionate understanding; his relation to his contemporaries and to some of his more distant predecessors; and, last but not least, his pertinence to our present-day concerns"-- Provided by publisher.

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ISBN-13:
9780521897983
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
08/31/2010
Series:
Cambridge Critical Guides Series
Pages:
272
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.80(d)

Table of Contents

List of contributors

Acknowledgments

List of abbreviations

Introduction Rick Anthony Furtak Furtak, Rick Anthony 1

1 The "Socratic secret": the postscript to the Philosophical Crumbs M. Jamie Ferreira Ferreira, M. Jamie 6

2 Kierkegaard's Socratic pseudonym: a profile of Johannes Climacus Paul Muench Muench, Paul 25

3 Johannes Climacus' revocation Alastair Hannay Hannay, Alastair 45

4 From the garden of the dead: Climacus on interpersonal inwardness Edward F. Mooney Mooney, Edward F. 64

5 The Kierkegaardian ideal of "essential knowing" and the scandal of modern philosophy Rick Anthony Furtak Furtak, Rick Anthony 87

6 Lessing and Socrates in Kierkegaard's Postscript Jacob Howland Howland, Jacob 111

7 Climacus on subjectivity and the system Merold Westphal Westphal, Merold 132

8 Humor and irony in the Postscript John Lippitt Lippitt, John 149

9 Climacus on the task of becoming a Christian Clare Carlisle Carlisle, Clare 170

10 The epistemology of the Postscript M. G. Piety Piety, M. G. 190

11 Faith and reason in Kierkegaard's Concluding Unscientific Postscript C. Stephen Evans Evans, C. Stephen 204

12 Making Christianity difficult: the "existentialist theology" of Kierkegaard's Postscript David R. Law Law, David R. 219

Bibliography 247

Index 255

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