Kierkegaard Research

Kierkegaard Research: Sources, Reception and Resources




Edited by Jon Stewart
Farnham and Burlington: Ashgate 2011. xxiii+286pp.

While scholars have long recognized Kierkegaard’s important contributions to fields such as ethics, aesthetics, philosophy of religion, philosophical psychology, and hermeneutics, it was usually thought that he had nothing meaningful to say about society or politics.

Kierkegaard has been traditionally characterized as a Christian writer who placed supreme importance on the inward religious life of each individual believer. His radical view seemed to many to undermine any meaningful conception of the community, society or the state. In recent years, however, scholars have begun to correct this image of Kierkegaard as an apolitical thinker.

The present volume attempts to document the use of Kierkegaard by later thinkers in the context of social-political thought. It shows how his ideas have been employed by very different kinds of writers and activists with very different political goals and agendas. Many of the articles show that, although Kierkegaard has been criticized for his reactionary views on some social and political questions, he has been appropriated as a source of insight and inspiration by a number of later thinkers with very progressive, indeed, visionary political views.


Table of Contents

Giorgio Agamben
: State of Exception
Leif Bork Hansen

Hannah Arendt
: Religion, Politics and Influence of Kierkegaard
Marcio de Paula Gimenes

Alain Badiou
: Thinking the Subject after the Death of God
Michael Burns

Judith Butler: Kierkegaard as Her Early Teacher in Rhetoric and Parody
Gerhard Thonhauser

Jürgen Habermas
: Social Selfhood, Religion, and Kierkegaard
J. Michael Tilley

Martin Luther King Jr.
: Kierkegaard’s Works of Love, King’s
Strength to Love
Nigel Hatton

Georg Lukács
: From a Tragic Love Story to a Tragic Life Story
András Nagy

Herbert Marcuse
: Social Critique, Haecker and
Kierkegaardian Individualism
J. Michael Tilley

José Ortega y Gasset
: Meditations on “Provincial Romanticism”
Robert Puchniak

Jean-Paul Sartre
: Between Kierkegaard and Marx
Michael Burns

Carl Schmitt
: Zones of Exception and Appropriation
Bartholomew Ryan

Eric Voegelin
: Politics, History, and the Anxiety of Existence
Peter Brickey LeQuire

Cornel West
: Kierkegaard and the Construction of a “Blues Philosophy”
Marcia Robinson

Richard Wright
: Kierkegaard’s Influence as Existentialist Outsider
Jennifer Veninga




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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