Is each of us the main character in a story we tell about ourselves, or is this narrative understanding of selfhood misguided and possibly harmful? Are selves and persons the same thing? And what does the possibility of sudden death mean for our ability to understand the narrative of ourselves?
These questions have been much discussed both in recent philosophy and by scholars grappling with the work of the enigmatic 19th-century thinker S ren Kierkegaard. For the first time, this collection brings together figures in both contemporary philosophy and Kierkegaard studies to explore pressing issues in the philosophy of personal identity and moral psychology. It serves both to advance important ongoing discussions of selfhood and to explore the light that, 200 years after his birth, Kierkegaard is still able to shed on contemporary problems.
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About the Author
Patrick Stokes is Senior Lecturer in Philosophy in the School of Humanities and Social Sciences at Deakin University. He is co-editor of Kierkegaard and Death (Indiana University Press, 2011) and author of Kierkegaard's Mirrors: Interest, Self and Moral Vision (Palgrave, 2010)
Table of ContentsAcknowledgements
John Lippitt and Patrick Stokes
1. The Moments of a Life: On Some Similarities between Life and Literature
2. Teleology, Narrative and Death
3. Kierkegaard's Platonic Teleology
4. Narrative Holism and the Moment
5. Kierkegaard's Erotic Reduction and the Problem of Founding the Self
6. Narrativity and Normativity
7. The End in the Beginning: Eschatology in Kierkegaard's Literary Criticism
8. Forgiveness and the Rat Man: Kierkegaard, 'Narrative Unity' and 'Wholeheartedness' Revisited
9. The Virtues of Ambivalence: Wholeheartedness as Existential Telos and the Unwillable Completion of Narravives
John J. Davenport
10. Non-Narrative Protestant Goods: Protestant Ethics and Kierkegaardian Selfhood
Matias M l Dalsgaard
11. Narrativity, Aspect, and Selfhood
Michael J. Sigrist
12. The Senses of an Ending
13. The End? Kierkegaard's Death and its Implications for Telling his Story
What People are Saying About This
This wonderful collection tackles the issue of who I am and where I’m going (if anywhere), and the place of telling my story in forming my identity. It opens new vistas on this philosophical concern, drawing on MacIntyre, Taylor and Frankfurt, and centrally, Kierkegaard – a virtuoso explorer of this terrain.
Are our lives enacted dramatic narratives? Did Kierkegaard understand human existence in these terms? Anyone grappling with these two questions will find in these excellent essays a remarkable catalogue of insights and arguments to be reckoned with in giving an answer. That is no small achievement.