Errant Affirmations: On the Philosophical Meaning of Kierkegaard's Religious Discourses

Errant Affirmations: On the Philosophical Meaning of Kierkegaard's Religious Discourses

by David J. Kangas

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Errant Affirmations: On the Philosophical Meaning of Kierkegaard's Religious Discourses by David J. Kangas

Kierkegaard's religious discourses - his writings which have explicitly dealt with religion - have historically been given scant attention by philosophers. They have generally been considered to be of less philosophical interest than his 'proper' philosophy. Errant Affirmations radically questions this claim and considers Kierkegaard's religious writings as absolutely central to his philosophical vision.

Through close and clear readings of Kierkegaard's work, David Kangas argues that contemporary philosophical themes - gift, temporality, language, death, nothingness, economy and selfhood- are not only evident in the 'religious' works but explored with real depth and fascination. Above all, the book argues that Kierkegaard's positive account of the human condition, his “ontology,” fully emerges only in these discourses. It shows how these discourses are organized around an “errant” kind of affirmation-namely, an affirmation of existence that is without conditions. Such affirmation involves the intensification of life around “today” and coincides with a joy that has no particular cause. It is an affirmation capable of affirming life even amidst its finitude and suffering.

Errant Affirmations is a fresh interpretation of Kierkegaard's understudied works that not only opens up a new reading of Kierkegaard but elucidates his 'religious' texts and places them organically within his philosophy as a whole.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781350020054
Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic
Publication date: 11/30/2017
Pages: 208
Product dimensions: 6.14(w) x 9.21(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

David J. Kangas was Associate Professor of philosophy at California State University, Stanislaus USA. He is the author of Kierkegaard's Instant: On Beginnings (2007).

Table of Contents

preface
acknowledgements

Introduction: Thinking outside Authority
Section One: Entering into Time
1. Expectancy, the Renewal of Time
2.Patience, the Weight of Time
3. The Gift of Time
4. Naked Humanity

Section Two: Intensities of Affirmation
5. On Confessing
6. On Death
7. Beyond Innocence

Section Three: Being Human
8. Of Spirit
9. Joy without Conditions

Conclusion: Errant Affirmation.

bibliography
index

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