Kierkegaard Research: Sources, Reception
Research: Sources, Reception and Resources is a collective
research project that began in 2005, with the first volumes appearing in 2007.
It represents the work of more than 200 leading scholars from some 50 different
countries. The guiding idea behind the project was to create a publication
series, which would serve as both a reference work for students and scholars
and as a forum for new research. The project attempts to cover all of the main
areas of Kierkegaard research in a systematic fashion. This series is divided
into three large parts, each of which consists of 7 volumes, which are further
subdivided into individual tomes.
The first part is entitled “Kierkegaard’s Sources.” This category includes
articles that perform source-work research in order to discover and document
the numerous sources of Kierkegaard’s thought. These are divided into
individual volumes according to the historical period of the sources in
question, beginning with Kierkegaard’s use of the Bible and ending with his use
of Danish works from his own time. Altogether this section contains 15
The second part of the series is “Kierkegaard Reception.” This section
represents, as it were, the mirror image of the section on source-work
research. Instead of tracing the influence of earlier authors on Kierkegaard,
this section features articles that explore Kierkegaard’s influence on later
philosophers, theologians and writers. The first volume of this section (vol.
8) explores the reception of Kierkegaard on a country-by-country basis. The
second volume (vol. 9) is dedicated to the rich and complex tradition of
Kierkegaard and existentialism. The remaining volumes in this section are
organized according to the reception of Kierkegaard in specific fields:
theology, philosophy, literature, the social sciences, and social-political
thought. This second section consists of 17 tomes.
third part, “Kierkegaard Resources,” consists of a series of reference works
and research tools in the stricter sense. The first volume of this section
(vol. 15) represents a multi-tome Kierkegaard dictionary that offers individual
articles on key terms used in Kierkegaard’s authorship. The next volume (vol.
16) features articles on key literary figures and motifs that Kierkegaard uses
in his works. Next is a volume (vol. 17) dedicated to exploring the character
of Kierkegaard’s individual pseudonymous authors. The next volume (vol. 18)
represents a database of book reviews covering the secondary literature on
Kierkegaard in a number of different languages. This is followed by a
multi-tome bibliography of Kierkegaard literature, both editions of his primary
texts and secondary literature (vol. 19). The next volume provides a list of
the books Kierkegaard owned as they appear in the auction catalogue of his
library (vol. 20). The final volume of this section (vol. 21) is a cumulative
index to the entire series. This third section consists of 26 tomes.
The series is now complete with the publication of the three tomes of
the cumulative index in 2017.
From 2007 until 2015 Kierkegaard Research: Sources, Reception and Resources
was published by Ashgate Publishing (Aldershot). The final volumes of the
series that appeared in 2016 and 2017 were published by Ashgate’s successor, Routledge, Taylor &
Francis Group (London and New York).
"The near completion of Kierkegaard
Research: Sources, Reception and Resources (KRSRR) marks the success of a
project—clearly the largest body of interconnected secondary literature ever
published in Kierkegaard Studies—that would hardly have seen the light of day,
had it not been for the bold initiative and steadfast stewardship of Jon
Stewart of the Søren Kierkegaard Research Centre in Copenhagen."
Poul Houe, “Kierkegaard Sources, Influences,
and Reception in the Present Age of Inter-texts and –textuality,” Søren
Kierkegaard Newsletter, no. 63, 2014, pp. 2-12.
Research: Sources, Reception and Resources is continuing to prove a remarkable
achievement and is cumulatively providing an important point of reference for all
those working on Kierkegaard...."
Pattison, Marginalia: A Review of Books in History, Theology and Religion,
January 29, 2013 (online journal).
multi-volume reference work is a contribution of the highest caliber to
academic research on Kierkegaard....The general editor Jon Stewart
with his co-editors must be thanked for orchestrating such a vast
undertaking. Their work is nothing less than a largesse to the future
Mads Sohl Jessen,
Søren Kierkegaard Newsletter, no. 58, 2011, pp. 4-5.
series is the most important single collection of secondary literature on
Kierkegaard to be published in recent years and it is possibly the most
important ever published."
Williams, Religious Studies Review, vol. 35, no. 4, 2009, p. 252.
Jon Stewart, Ph.d., Dr. theol.
Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University
Finn Gredal Jensen
Lee C. Barrett
María J. Binetti
Curtis L. Thompson