Passionate Reason

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Johannes Climacus, Søren Kierkegaard's pseudonymous author of Philosophical
Fragments, "invents" a religion suspiciously resembling Christianity as an alternative to the assumption that humans possess the Truth within themselves. Through this literary device, Climacus raises in a fresh and audacious way age-old questions about the relation of Christian faith to human reason. Is the idea of a human incarnation of God logically coherent? Is religious faith the product of a ...

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Overview

Johannes Climacus, Søren Kierkegaard's pseudonymous author of Philosophical
Fragments, "invents" a religion suspiciously resembling Christianity as an alternative to the assumption that humans possess the Truth within themselves. Through this literary device, Climacus raises in a fresh and audacious way age-old questions about the relation of Christian faith to human reason. Is the idea of a human incarnation of God logically coherent? Is religious faith the product of a voluntary choice? In a comprehensive discussion of one of Kierkegaard's most important books, C. Stephen Evans elucidates Kierkegaard's novel explanation that the tension between faith and reason must be understood as a consequence of the passionate character of reason itself.
Passionate Reason situates Kierkegaard's philosophy in the context of postmodern religious thought,
providing a contemporary reading of Fragments as a challenge to both the modern Enlightenment critique of reason and the postmodern abandonment of truth.

Indiana University Press

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Table of Contents

Preface
1 On Reading Kierkegaard and Johannes Climacus 1
2 An Ironical Thought Experiment 13
3 Constructing an Alternative to the Socratic View of "The Truth" 26
4 The Poetry of the Incarnation 46
5 Thought, Passion, and Paradox 58
6 The Echo of Offense 80
7 Reason and the Paradox 96
8 Belief and the Will 119
9 Faith and History 143
10 Christianity in the Contemporary World 170
Notes 183
Index 199
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