In recent decades, many moral philosophers have begun to think more carefully about the significance of our inveterate story-telling habits for moral reflection. For some time those who promoted narrative's central role for ethics on a variety of levels seemed to be commanding the field; but more recently skeptics of narrative's relevance have begun to mount a vigorous resistance. Some of these struggles have played out on the terrain of Kierkegaard studies, and this book seeks to move the battle lines forward, both with respect to the significance of narrative more generally and to its place in Kierkegaard's authorship.
About the Author
Randall G. Colton is professor of Philosophy at Cardinal Glennon College of Kenrick-Glennon Seminary in St. Louis. He holds an MA in philosophy from Baylor University and a PhD from Saint Louis University. Colton has published in the International Kierkegaard Commentary and The Thomist.
Table of Contents
1 Gift, Task, and Kierkegaard's Narratives 7
2 Implied Author and Implied Reader: Reading Narratives with Kierkegaard and Booth 36
3 Repetition, Emotion, and Moral Development in Kierkegaard's Pedagogical Narratives: The Four Upbuilding Discourses of 1843 52
4 Love and Authority in Works of Love's Pedagogical Narrative 83
5 Kierkegaard and the Limits of Narrative 147