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An Introduction

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  • Date Published: April 2009
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  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521877039

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  • C. Stephen Evans provides a clear, readable introduction to Søren Kierkegaard (1813–55) as a philosopher and thinker. His book is organised around Kierkegaard's concept of the three 'stages' or 'spheres' of human existence, which provide both a developmental account of the human self and an understanding of three rival views of human life and its meaning. Evans also discusses such important Kierkegaardian concepts as 'indirect communication', 'truth as subjectivity', and the Incarnation understood as 'the Absolute Paradox'. Although his discussion emphasises the importance of Christianity for understanding Kierkgaard, it shows him to be a writer of great interest to a secular as well as a religious audience. Evans' book brings Kierkegaard into conversation with western philosophers past and present, presenting him as one who gives powerful answers to the questions which philosophers ask.

    • Organized around Kierkegaard's idea of the 'three stages of existence', a concept that forms the basis for many courses on his work
    • Presents Kierkegaard as a writer of interest to secular as well as religious people
    • Brings Kierkegaard into conversation with western philosophers past and present
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    Reviews & endorsements

    'This general introduction to Kierkegaard's thought proves a clear, sober and informative guide both for students coming to Kierkegaard for the first time and for more experienced readers.' The Times Higher Education Supplement

    'Walsh's book is a clear, reliable, and erudite guide to a somewhat neglected aspect of Kierkegaard's authorship. It represents a considerable scholarly achievement, and will be essential reading …' The Journal of Religious Studies

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    Product details

    • Date Published: April 2009
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521877039
    • length: 226 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 15 mm
    • weight: 0.5kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Introduction: Kierkegaard's life and works
    2. Pseudonymity and indirect communication
    3. The human self: truth and subjectivity
    4. The stages of existence: forms of the aesthetic life
    5. The ethical life as the quest for selfhood
    6. Religious existence: religiousness
    7. Christian existence: faith and the paradox
    8. Kierkegaard's dual challenge to the contemporary world.

  • Instructors have used or reviewed this title for the following courses

    • Christian Philosophy
    • Enlightenment Political Theory
    • Hist.Christianity
    • Introduction to Theological Reflection
    • Kierkegaard & Nietzsche
    • Kierkegaard and Existentialism
    • Kierkegaard and Me: Existentialism and Peace
    • Kierkegaard and Modern Thought
    • The Modern Mind
  • Author

    C. Stephen Evans, Baylor University, Texas
    C. Stephen Evans is University Professor of Philosophy and Humanities at Baylor University. His most recent published works include Kierkegaard: Fear and Trembling (2006) co-edited with Sylvia Walsh and Kierkegaard's Ethics of Love: Divine Commands and Moral Obligations (2004).

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