Kierkegaard Research

Kierkegaard Research: Sources, Reception and Resources





Volume 17:
Kierkegaard’s Pseudonyms

Edited by Katalin Nun and Jon Stewart

Farnham and Burlington: Ashgate 2015. xiii+310pp.

One of the elements that many readers admire in Kierkegaard’s skill as a writer is in his ability to create different voices and perspectives in his works. Instead of unilaterally presenting clear-cut doctrines and theses, he confronts the reader with different personalities and figures who all espouse different views. One important aspect of this play of perspectives is Kierkegaard’s controversial use of pseudonyms. The present volume is dedicated to exploring the different pseudonyms and authorial voices in Kierkegaard’s writings. The working assumption is that there is something unique and special about each pseudonym. The articles featured here try to explore each pseudonymous author as a kind of literary figure and to explain what kind of a person is at issue in each of the pseudonymous works. The hope is that by taking seriously each of these figures as individuals, we will be able to gain new insights into the texts which they are ostensibly responsible for.

Table of Contents


“A” the Aesthete: Aestheticism and the Limits of Philosophy
Ryan Kemp


A, B, and A.F.: Kierkegaard’s Use of Anonyms
Joseph Westfall

Anti-Climacus: Kierkegaard’s “Servant of the Word

Jakub Marek 

Constantin Constantius: The Activity of a Travelling Esthetician and How He Still Happened tp Pay for the Dinner
Gabriel Guedes Rossatti

Frater Taciturnus: The Two Lives of the Silent Brother
Gabriel Guedes Rossatti and Wojtek Kaftanski

: A Guerilla Writer After Theologians...and More
Paul Martens

Hilarius Bogbinder: The Realm of Truth and the World of Books
Elisabete Sousa

Inter et Inter: Between Actress and Critic
Joseph Westfall

Johannes Climacus: Humorist, Dialectician, and Gadfly
Lee C. Barrett

Johannes de silentio: Religious Poet or Faithless Aesthete?
Ryan Kemp

Johannes the Seducer: The Aesthete par excellence or on the Way to Ethics?
Nathaniel Kramer

Judge William: The Limits of the Ethical
Patricia Dip

Nicolaus Notabene: Kierkegaard's Satirical Mask
Nassim Bravo

One Still Living
: Life-View, Nihilism, and Religious Experience
Matthew Brake


Quidam: Earnest for Ten Minutes a Week
Mariana Alessandri

Victor Eremita: A Diplomatic yet Abstruse Editor
Joaquim Hernandez-Dispaux

Vigilius Haufniensis: Psychological Sleuth, Anxious Author, and Inadvertent Evangelist
Lee C. Barrett

William Afham: The Line by which an Ape may become an Apostle
Mariana Alessandri

Young Man: Voice of Naïveté
Joachim Schmidt



Volume 15

Kierkegaard's Concepts
Tomes I-VI

Volume 16

Kierkegaard's Literary Figures and Motifs
Tomes I-II

Volume 17

Kierkegaard's Pseudonyms

Volume 18

Kierkegaard Secondary Literature
Tomes I-VI

Volume 19

Kierkegaard Bibliography
Tomes I-VII

Volume 20
The Auction Catalogue of Kierkegaard's Library

Volume 21
Cumulative Index
Tomes I-III


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