Kierkegaard's Philosophy of Religion

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The plan of this study is founded on a hypothesis that there is an overall argument in the Climacus writings (and reflected and supported in Kierkegaard's private papers and other writings): 1) There are two opposing ways to approach the truth: the objective and the subjective ways, 2) The objective way fails, 3) Hence the only appropriate way to the truth is the subjective way, 4) Christianity is the subjective way of life that meets all conditions for the highest subjectivity, 5) Hence Christianity is the appropriate way to reach the truth. The present work is sympathetically critical - always appreciative of Kierkegaard's genius but not always endorsing his arguments.

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Challenges the view that Kierkegaard is a non-rational thinker and perhaps really a poet and not a philosopher at all. Argues that though he often uses indirect forms of communication and exhorts as much as agues, he does have a message to communicate that is founded on a belief in objective truth, and that he claims the goal of his work to be reaching what he calls the highest truth, which is objectively and eternally true, though not directly accessible by normal objective processes. Incorporates studies since the 1984 publication of the first edition, entitled . Double spaced. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781573093422
  • Publisher: The Rowman & Littlefield Publishing Group Inc
  • Publication date: 1/1/1999
  • Pages: 340
  • Product dimensions: 9.00 (w) x 6.00 (h) x 0.88 (d)

Meet the Author

Louis Pojman is the author of The Logic Of Subjectivity.

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Table of Contents

Bibliographical Note and Abbreviations
Ch. 1 Introduction and Orientation 1
1 Kierkegaard's Life
2 The Christian Purpose of Kierkegaard's Authorship
3 Christianity and Philosophy in Kierkegaard's Early Papers
Ch. 2 Kierkegaard's Phenomenology of the Stages of Existence 29
1 Kierkegaard's Conception of Human Existence
2 The Stages of Existence
3 The Aesthetic Stage
4 The Ethical Stage
5 Religiousness A
6 Religiousness B
Ch. 3 Attack on Objectivity 65
1 Kierkegaard as Philosopher
2 A Critique of Rationality
Ch. 4 The Failure of Objectivity: An Analysis of Book 1 of Concluding Unscientific Postscript 89
1 Faith and History
2 An Evaluation of Kierkegaard's Critique of Objectivity
3 Kierkegaard's Critique of Objectifying the Church
4 A Critique of the Speculative Point of View
Ch. 5 Subjectivity and Epistemology 115
1 The Domain of Subjectivity
2 Kierkegaard's Epistemology
3 Subjectivity and Truth
Ch. 6 Faith and the Stages of Existence 145
Ch. 7 'Faith' in the Philosophical Fragments 161
1 The Climacus Writings
2 'Faith' in the Philosophical Fragments
3 A Critique of Kierkegaard's Volitionalism
Ch. 8 'Faith' in Concluding Unscientific Postscript and Later Papers 209
1 'Faith' in Concluding Unscientific Postscript
2 'Faith' and 'Hope' in Kierkegaard's Later Papers
Ch. 9 A Justification of Christian Faith 227
Ch. 10 Kierkegaard on Faith and Freedom 247
1 An Exposition of David Wisdo's Critique
2 A Defense of My Position
3 Faith and the Stages of Existence
4 The Possibility of a Christian Dialectical Philosophy
5 Kierkegaard's Idea of Freedom
6 Kierkegaard and Volitionalism
7 Kierkegaard and Explanation
Ch. 11 Replies to Objections on Epistemology and Logic 273
1 On the Nature of Kierkegaard's Epistemology: Reply to Steven M. Emmanuel
2 Does Kierkegaard Believe the Idea of the Incarnation Contains a Formal Contradiction? A Response to Stephen Evans
Conclusion 289
Appendix: Kierkegaard's Theory of Indirect Communication 295
Selected Bibliography 307
Index 315
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