The first comprehensive introduction to cover the entire span ofKierkegaard’s authorship.
- Explores how the two strands of his writing—religiousdiscourses and pseudonymous literary creations—influencedeach other
- Accompanies the reader chronologically through all thephilosopher’s major works, and integrates his writing intohis biography
- Employs a unique “how to” approach to help thereader discover individual texts on their own and to help themclosely examine Kierkegaard’s language
- Presents the literary strategies employed inKierkegaard’s work to give the reader insight intosubtext
About the Author
M. Jamie Ferreira is the Carolyn M. Barbour Professor of Religious Studies at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville. She holds a Ph.D. in the Philosophy of Religion from Princeton University, has taught Religious Studies and Philosophy for 30 years, was president of the Søren Kierkegaard Society and has been a Visiting Professor and Research Associate at the Søren Kierkegaard Research Center at the University of Copenhagen. She is the author of Doubt and Religious Commitment: The Role of the Will in Newman's Thought (1980); Scepticism and Reasonable Doubt (1986); Transforming Vision: Imagination and Will in Kierkegaardian Faith (1991); and Love's Grateful Striving: A Commentary on Kierkegaard's Works of Love (2001).
Table of Contents
List of Abbreviations.
1. Introduction: Reading Kierkegaard.
2. Either – Or and the First Upbuilding Discourses.
3. Repetition, Fear and Trembling, and More Discourses.
4. Philosophical Fragments, The Concept Of Anxiety, andDiscourses.
5. Concluding Unscientific Postscript and Two Ages.
6. Works of Love, Discourses, and Other Writings.
7. The Sickness unto Death and Discourses.
8. Practice in Christianity, Discourses, and the“Attack”.
9. Looking Back and Looking Ahead.
What People are Saying About This
"This work is an insightful introduction by one of Kierkegaard'sforemost interpreters. Ferreira introduces readers to Kierkegaardby introducing them to Kierkegaard's texts, and she does so withsensitivity and grace. A remarkable achievement."–Professor C. Stephen Evans, Baylor University
"Jamie Ferreira's 'Kierkegaard' is clearly written,pedagogically sensitive, and informed by the best current research.It offers teachers, researchers and first-time readers a reliableguide to the whole Kierkegaard, including his edifying andreligious works."–Professor George Pattison, University of Oxford
"Jamie Ferreira has accomplished what I myself would findimpossible: She has written an intellectual introduction toKierkegaard that is accessible to the general reader. Her bookprovides a comprehensive account of the content ofKierkegaard’s writings and captures the spirit of his work.In short, she strikes a felicitous balance between what and howKierkegaard thought."–Niels Jørgen Cappelørn, SørenKierkegaard Research Center, University of Copenhagen