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