Kierkegaard's Writings, XXII: The Point of View

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As a spiritual autobiography, Kierkegaard's The Point of View for My Work as an Author stands with such great works as Augustine's Confessions and Newman's Apologia pro vita sua - but with a difference. It is neither a confessional autobiography nor a defense. It is an author's story of a lifetime of writing, his understanding of the common aim and comprehensive coherence of the maze of his greatly varied pseudonymous and signed works. Entries in the Supplement document the context and development of the writings on the authorship as a whole. In addition they disclose Kierkegaard's considerations as he wrestled with decisions about publishing the three works and other works that were "the fruit of the year 1848...the year of my richest productivity."
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"These new translations are excellent."Choice

"The definitive edition of the Writings. The first volume . . . indicates the scholarly value of the entire series: an introduction setting the work in the context of Kierkegaard's development; a remarkably clear translation; and concluding sections of intelligent notes."Library Journal

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780691140803
  • Publisher: Princeton University Press
  • Publication date: 7/6/2009
  • Series: Kierkegaard's Writings Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 382
  • Sales rank: 1,414,270
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Howard V. Hong, the former Director of the Howard and Edna Hong Kierkegaard Library at St. Olaf College, is the General Editor of "Kierkegaard's Writings". Edna H. Hong is a poet, writer, and translator who has collaborated with Professor Hong on other English translations of Kierkegaard's work.
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Table of Contents

On My Work as an Author
The Accounting
APPENDIX My Position as a Religious Author in
"Christendom" and My Strategy
The Point of View for My Work as an Author
Part One
A. The Equivocalness or Duplexity in the
Whole Authorship, Whether the Author Is an Esthetic or a Religious Author
B. The Explanation: That the Author Is and Was a Religious Author
A. The Esthetic Writing Why the beginning
was made with esthetic writing, or what
this writing, understood in the totality, signifies
1. "Christendom" is an enormous illusion
2. If one is truly to succeed in leading
a person to a specific place, one must
first and foremost take care to find him
where he is and begin there
3. The illusion that religion and
Christianity are something to which one turns only when one becomes older
4. Even though a person refuses to go
along to the place to which one is
endeavoring to lead him, there is still
one thing that can be done for him:
compel him to become aware
5. All the esthetic writing seen in the
totality of the writing is a deception,
but understood in a singular way
B. Concluding Postscript
C. The Religious Writing
CHAPTER II The Dissimilarity of My Personal
Existing Corresponding to the Dissimilar Nature of the Writing
A. Personal Existing in Relation to the Esthetic Writing
B. Personal Existing in Relation to the Religious Writing
CHAPTER IIIGovernance's Part in My Authorship
"The Single Individual" Two "Notes"
Concerning My Work as an Author
No. 1 For the Dedication to "That Single
No.2 A Word on the Relation of My Work as
an Author to "The Single Individual"
Postscript to the "Two Notes"
Armed Neutrality
Key to References
Original Title Page of On My Work as an Author
Original Title Page of The Point of View
for My Work as an Author
Selected Entries from Kierkegaard's
Journals and Papers Pertaining to On My
Work as an Author and The Point of View for
My Work as an Author
First Manuscript Page of Armed Neutrality
Selected Entries from Kierkegaard's Journals and Papers Pertaining to Armed
Collation of On My Work as an Author in the
Danish Editions of Kierkegaard's Collected Works
Collation of The Point of View for My Work as
an Author in the Danish Editions of
Kierkegaard's Collected Works
Bibliographical Note
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