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  • Page extent: 236 pages
  • Size: 228 x 152 mm
  • Weight: 0.34 kg

Library of Congress

  • Dewey number: 241/.4
  • Dewey version: 21
  • LC Classification: BV4505.K423 H35 2002
  • LC Subject headings:
    • Kierkegaard, S²ren,--1813-1855. Kµrlighedens gerninger
    • Love--Religious aspects--Christianity
    • Spiritual life--Christianity
    • Kierkegaard, S²ren,--1813-1855
    • Literature publishing--England--History--17th century

Library of Congress Record


 (ISBN-13: 9780521893114 | ISBN-10: 0521893119)

This is a major study of Kierkegaard and love. Amy Laura Hall explores Kierkegaard's description of love's treachery, difficulty, and hope, reading his Works of Love as a text that both deciphers and complicates the central books in his pseudonymous canon: Fear and Trembling, Repetition, Either/Or, and Stages on Life's Way. In all of these works, the characters are, as in real life, complex and incomplete, and the conclusions are perplexing. Hall argues that a spiritual void brings each text into being, and her interpretation is as much about faith as about love. In a style that is both scholarly and lyrical, she intimates answers to some of the puzzles, making a poetic contribution to ethics and the philosophy of religion.

• A major study of Kierkegaard and love • Hall's style is close and homiletic, the latter being Kierkegaard's aim in his own writing • Makes a valuable contribution to ethics and the philosophy of religion


Introduction; 1. The call to confession in Kierkegaard's Works of Love; 2. Provoking the question: deceiving ourselves in Fear and Trembling; 3. The poet, the vampire, and the girl in Repetition with Works of Love; 4. The married man as master thief in Either/Or; 5. Seclusion and disclosure in Stages on Life's Way; 6. On the way.


'This is the most analytically persuasive and, at the same time, homiletically moving interpretation of Kierkegaard's corpus as a whole of which I know.' George Lindbeck, Yale Divinity School

'Kierkegaard and the Treachery of Love does make several welcome corrections to the received interpretation of Kierkegaard … Hall's work offers us an extremely contentious but nevertheless supportable and scholarly reading of Kierkegaard … clarification, reasoned provocation and insightful exposition …'. The Heythrop Journal

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