Kierkegaard Research

Kierkegaard Research: Sources, Reception and Resources





Volume 8:
Kierkegaard's International Reception

Edited by Jon Stewart

Tome I: Northern and Western Europe
Farnham and Burlington: Ashgate 2009. xviii+491pp.

Tome II: Southern, Central and Eastern Europe
Farnham and Burlington: Ashgate 2009. xii+340pp.

Tome III: The Near East, Asia, Australia

and the Americas
Aldershot: Ashgate 2009. xii+342pp.

Although Kierkegaard’s reception was initially more or less limited to Scandinavia, it has for a long time now been a highly international affair. As his writings were translated into different languages his reputation spread, and he became read more and more by people increasingly distant from his native Denmark. While in Scandinavia, the attack on the Church in the last years of his life became something of a cause célèbre, later, many different aspects of his work became the object of serious scholarly investigation well beyond the original northern borders. As his reputation grew, he was co-opted by a number of different philosophical and religious movements in different contexts throughout the world. The three tomes of the present volume attempt to record the history of this reception according to national and linguistic categories.


Tome I: Northern and Western Europe


Tome I covers the reception of Kierkegaard in Northern and Western Europe. The articles on Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Finland and Iceland can be said to trace Kierkegaard’s influence more or less in its native Nordic Protestant context. Since the authors in these countries (with the exception of Finland) were not dependent on translations or other intermediaries, this represents the earliest tradition of Kierkegaard reception. The early German translations of his works opened the door for the next, broader phase of Kierkegaard’s reception. The articles in the section on Western Europe trace his influence in the German-speaking world, Great Britain, France, and the Dutch-speaking world. All of these have their own extensive tradition of Kierkegaard reception.



Table of Contents

Part I: Northern Europe

: The Permanent Reception—150 Years of Reading Kierkegaard
Steen Tullberg

Norway: “You have no truth on board!” Kierkegaard’s Influences on Norway
Thor Arvid Dyrerud
Sweden: Kierkegaard Reception in Swedish Philosophy, Theology and Contemporary Literary Theory
Jonna Hjertstrøm-Lappalainen and Lars-Erik Hjertstrøm-Lappalainen
Finland: The Reception of Kierkegaard in Finland
Janne Kylliäinen
Iceland: “Neglect and Misunderstanding”: The Reception of
Kierkegaard in Iceland
Vilhjálmur Árnason

Part II: Western Europe

Great Britain
: From “Prophet of the Now” to Postmodern
Ironist (and after)
George Pattison

The Netherlands and Flanders: Kierkegaard’s Reception
in the Dutch-Speaking World
Karl Verstrynge

Germany and Austria
: A Modest Head Start. The German
Reception of Søren Kierkegaard
Heiko Schulz
France: Kierkegaard as a Forerunner of Existentialism and Poststructuralism
Jon Stewart


“This book continues the Søren Kierkegaard Research Centre’s series, Kierkegaard Research: Sources, Reception and Resources. The 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. The particular contribution of this book is to trace the history of Kierkegaard’s reception in Northern and Western Europe, providing an invaluable overview of the history of scholarship in those countries that were among the first and most important to receive the philosopher. While not every chapter will be found relevant for the Anglophone world, George Pattison’s chapter on Kierkegaard’s reception in Great Britain is particularly relevant for it, with the chapters on Germany, France, and Denmark providing additional useful background. Generally, the various chapters maintain the helpful distinction between Kierkegaard’s theological and philosophical receptions, which can vary considerably. Many European movements either feel Kierkegaard’s influence or, indeed, co-opt him for their purposes, and this book traces Kierkegaard’s effect on such diverse movements as dialectical theology, philosophy of religion, the liberal Protestant tradition, existentialism, and post-structuralism…. As an aid to Kierkegaard research, nothing as comprehensive can be found in a single volume.”
Will Williams, Religious Studies Review, vol. 35, no. 4, December 2009, p. 252.


Tome II: Southern, Central and Eastern Europe


Tome II covers the reception of Kierkegaard in Southern, Central and Eastern Europe. The first set of articles, under the rubric “Southern Europe,” covers Portugal, Spain, and Italy. A number of common features were shared in these countries’ reception of Kierkegaard, including a Catholic cultural context and a debt to the French reception. The next rubric covers the rather heterogeneous group of countries designated here as “Central Europe”: Hungary, the Czech Republic, Slovakia and Poland. These countries are loosely bound in a cultural sense by their former affiliation with the Habsburg Empire and in a religious sense by their shared Catholicism. Finally, the Orthodox countries of “Eastern Europe” are represented with articles on Russia, Bulgaria, Serbia and Montenegro, Macedonia, and Romania.

Table of Contents

Part I: Southern Europe

: Discontinuity and Repetition
Elisabete M. de Sousa

: The Old and New Kierkegaard Reception
Dolors Perarnau Vidal and Óscar Parcero Oubiña

Italy: From a Literary Curiosity to a Philosophical Comprehension
Ingrid Basso  


Part II: Central Europe

: The Hungarian Patient
András Nagy

Slovakia: A Joint Project of Two Generations
Roman Kralik

The Czech Republic: Kierkegaard as a Model for the Irrationalist Movements
Helena Brezinova

Poland: A Short Story of the Reception of Kierkegaard’s Thought
Antoni Szwed

Part III: Eastern Europe

Russia: Kierkegaard’s Reception through Tsarism, Communism and Liberation

Darya Loungina

Bulgaria: The Long Way from Indirect Acquaintance to Original Translation
Desislava Töpfer-Stoyanova

Romania: A Survey of Kierkegaard’s Reception, Translation and Research
Nicolae Irina

Macedonia: The Sunny Side of Kierkegaard
Ferid Muhic

Serbia and Montenegro: Kierkegaard as a Post-Metaphysical Philosopher
Safet Bektovic



Tome III: The Near East, Asia, Australia and
the Americas


Tome III is the most geographically diverse, covering the Near East, Asia, Australia and the Americas. The section on the Near East features pioneering articles on the Kierkegaard reception in Israel, Turkey, Iran, and the Arab world. The next section dubbed “Asia and Australia” features articles on the long and rich traditions of Kierkegaard research in Japan and Korea along with the more recent ones in China and Australia. A final section is dedicated to the Americas with articles on Canada, the United States, hispanophone South America, Mexico and Brazil.

Table of Contents


Part I: The Near East

Turkey: The Reception of Kierkegaard in Turkey
Türker Armaner

: Kierkegaard’s Reception in Fear and Trembling in Jerusalem
Jacob Golomb

The Arab World: Kierkegaard’s Arab Reception
Habib C. Malik
Iran: Kierkegaard’s Reception in Iran
Ramin Jahanbegloo

Part II: Asia and Australia

China: The Chinese Reception of Kierkegaard
Wang Qi

Korea: The Korean Response to Kierkegaard
Pyo Jae-myeong

: Varied Images through Western Waves
Satoshi Nakazato

Australia: An Archaeology of Silence of Kierkegaard’s Philosophical Reception
William McDonald

Part III: The Americas

Canada: Kierkegaard on the Canadian Academic Landscape
Abrahim H. Khan
USA: From Neo-Orthodoxy to Plurality
Lee C. Barrett

Mexico: Three Generations of Kierkegaard Studies
Leticia Valadez

Hispanophone South America
: An Oxymoron: Kierkegaard in South America
Patricia Dip

Brazil: Forty Years Later
Álvaro Valls



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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