Kierkegaard Research

Kierkegaard Research: Sources, Reception and Resources




Volume 11:
Kierkegaard's Influence on Philosophy

Edited by Jon Stewart


Tome I: German and Scandinavian Philosophy
Farnham and Burlington: Ashgate 2012. xix+312pp.


Tome II: Francophone Philosophy
Farnham and Burlington: Ashgate 2012. xiii+266pp.


Tome III: Anglophone Philosophy
Farnham and Burlington: Ashgate 2012. xiii+239pp.


Kierkegaard’s relation to the field of philosophy is a particularly complex and disputed one. He rejected the model of philosophical inquiry that was mainstream in his day and was careful to have his pseudonymous authors repeatedly disassociate themselves from philosophy. But although it seems clear that Kierkegaard never regarded himself as a philosopher, nonetheless there can be no doubt that his writings contain philosophical ideas. Many later thinkers have used his works as a source of insights and ideas that they could apply in the context of their own philosophical program. As a result, his thought has been profoundly influential in a number of different philosophical traditions.

The present volume attempts to document these different traditions of the philosophical reception of Kierkegaard’s thought. The articles featured here aim to demonstrate the vast reach of Kierkegaard’s writings in philosophical contexts that were often quite different from his own.



Tome I: German and Scandinavian Philosophy

Tome I is dedicated to exploring the reception of Kierkegaard in Germanophone and Scandinavian philosophy. As is the case in theology, his influence in philosophy is particularly strong in the German-speaking world. Kierkegaard has been a major influence for such different philosophical projects as phenomenology, hermeneutics, dialogical thinking, critical theory, Marxism, logical positivism and ordinary language philosophy. Similarly, in Denmark and Norway, Kierkegaard’s writings have been more or less constantly discussed by important philosophers, despite the later dominance of analytic philosophy in these countries. The present volume features articles on the leading Germanophone and Scandinavian philosophers influenced by Kierkegaard’s thought.



Table of Contents


Part I: German Philosophy

Theodor W. Adorno
: “Tracing the Trajectory of Kierkegaard’s
Unintended Triumphs and Defeats”
Peter Šajda
Walter Benjamin: Appropriating the Kierkegaardian Aesthetic
Joseph Westfall 

Ernst Bloch: The Thinker of Utopia’s Reading of Kierkegaard
Alina Vaisfeld

Wilhelm Dilthey: Kierkegaard's Influence on Dilthey's Work
Elisabetta Basso

Ferdinand Ebner: Ebner’s Neuer Mann
Dustin Feddon and Patricia Stanley

Hans-Georg Gadamer: Kierkegaardian Traits in Gadamer’s Philosophical Hermeneutics
Luiz Rohden

Edmund Husserl: Naturalism, Subjectivity, Eternity
Jamie Turnbull

Karl Löwith: In Search of Singular Man
Noreen Khawaja

Michael Theunissen: Fortune and Misfortune of Temporality
Stefan Egenberger

Ludwig Wittgenstein: Kierkegaard’s Influence on the
Origin of Analytic Philosophy
Thomas Miles

Part II: Scandinavian Philosophy

Hans Brøchner
: Professor of Philosophy, Antagonist—and a Loving
and Admiring Relative
Carl Henrik Koch

Harald Høffding
: The Respectful Critic
Carl Henrik Koch

Peter Wessel Zapffe: Kierkegaard as a Forerunner
of Pessimistic Existentialism
Roe Fremstedal

"...when one marvels at the scope of this series as a whole, it becomes clear that this tome fits into a broader collection which approaches the subject of Kierkegaard from about as balanced and diverse a perspective as one might expect to find, making it an invaluable resource."
Mark Daniel Safstrom, German Studies Review, vol. 36, no. 1, 2013, pp. 191-193.

Tome II: Francophone Philosophy

Tome II is dedicated to exploring Kierkegaard’s influence on Francophone philosophy. The French intellectual tradition squares well with Kierkegaard’s eclectic profile since its leading figures are often difficult to classify unambiguously as philosophers, theologians, literary critics or simply writers. Kierkegaard’s thinking was influential for many generations of French philosophers right up to this very day. Ever since the discovery of Kierkegaard in the Francophone world, he has remained a fixed pillar in French philosophy. He has been influential in the context of most every modern school of French thought: phenomenology, feminism, structuralism, post-structuralism, semiotics, and deconstruction.


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Sylviane Agacinski: Reading Kierkegaard to Keep Intact the Secret
Kevin Newmark
Roland Barthes: Style, Language, Silence
Joseph Westfall

Georges Bataille: Kierkegaard and the Claim for the Sacred
Laura Llevadot Pascual
Maurice Blanchot: Spaces of Literature / Spaces of Religion
Daniel Greenspan

Gilles Deleuze: Kierkegaard’s Presence in his Writings
José M. Miranda Justo
Jacques Derrida: Faithful Heretics
Marius Timmann Mjaaland

Jacques Ellul: Kierkegaard’s Profound and Seldom Acknowledged Influence on Ellul’s Writing
Sarah Pike Cabral 
Pierre Hadot: Philosophy as a Way of Life: Hadot and
Kierkegaard’s Socrates
Nicolae Irina
Emmanuel Lévinas: An Ambivalent but Decisive Reception
Jeffrey Hanson
Jean-Luc Marion: The Paradoxical Givenness of Love
Leo Stan
Paul Ricoeur: On Kierkegaard, the Limits of Philosophy,
and the Consolation of Hope
Joel D.S. Rasmussen

"This collection of essays belongs to the ‘reception’ section of Jon Stewart’s vast editorial project, Kierkegaard Research: Sources, Reception and Resources....This book, the second tome of volume 11, Kierkegaard’s Influence on Philosophy, provides an extremely useful starting-point for exploring the diverse responses to Kierkegaard’s texts and ideas in twentieth-century French thought."
Clare Carlisle, H-France Review, vol. 13, no. 168, 2013, pp. 1-3.


"A brilliant example of scholarship, this well-referenced collection will appeal to specialists."
Yolande Aline Helm, French Review, vol. 88, no. 2, October 2014, p. 251.

Tome III: Anglophone Philosophy

Tome III traces Kierkegaard’s influence on Anglophone philosophy. It has long been thought that Kierkegaard played no role in this tradition, which for years was dominated by analytic philosophy. In this environment it was common to dismiss Kierkegaard along with the then current European philosophers who were influenced by him. However, a closer look reveals that in fact there were several thinkers in the US, Canada and Great Britain who were inspired by Kierkegaard even during the heyday of analytic philosophy. Leading Anglophone philosophers read Kierkegaard and made at least some limited use of him. The situation today is much different. It can be said that Kierkegaard has made some serious inroads into mainstream Anglophone philosophy, and many authors are today seeking inspiration in his works for current discussions concerning ethics, personal identity, philosophy of religion, and philosophical anthropology.



Table of Contents


O.K. Bouwsma: Kierkegaard, Wittgenstein, and Conceptual Clarity
Ron E. Hustwit Sr.

Stanley Cavell: The Sublimity of the Pedestrian
Joseph Westfall

Paul De Man: The Unwritten Chapter
J.D. Mininger

Hubert Dreyfus
: Seeking the Self in a Nihilistic Age
Joseph Westfall

Paul Edwards: A Rationalist Critic of Kierkegaard's Theory of Truth
Timothy J. Madigan

William James
: Living Forward and the Development of
Radical Empiricism
J. Michael Tilley

Walter Kaufmann: “That Authoritarian,” “That Individual”
Andrew D. Spear

Alasdair MacIntyre: A Continuing Conversation
Anthony Rudd

Iris Murdoch: Kierkegaard as Existentialist, Romantic, Hegelian, and Problematically Religious
Paul Martens

D.Z. Phillips: Grammar and the Reality of God
Jamie Turnbull

Richard Rorty: Kierkegaard in the Context of Neo-Pragmatism
J. Aaron Simmons

Gillian Rose: Making Kierkegaard Difficult Again
Vincent Lloyd

Charles Taylor: Taylor’s Affinity to Kierkegaard
Abrahim H. Khan 



Volume 8

Kierkegard’s International Reception
Tomes I-III


Volume 9

Kierkegaard’s Influence on Existentialism

Volume 10

Kierkegaard’s Influence on Theology

Tomes I-III

Volume 11

Kierkegaard’s Influence on Philosophy
Tomes I-III

Volume 12

Kierkegaard’s Influence on Literature and Criticism
Tomes I-V

Volume 13

Kierkegaard’s Influence on the Social Sciences

Volume 14

Kierkegaard’s Influence on Social-Political Thought










































































































































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