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Kierkegaard's 'Concluding Unscientific Postscript'
A Critical Guide

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M. Jamie Ferreira, Paul Muench, Alastair Hannay, Edward F. Mooney, Rick Anthony Furtak, Jacob Howland, Merold Westphal, John Lippitt, Clare Carlisle, M. G. Piety, C. Stephen Evans, David R. Law
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  • Date Published: September 2010
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521897983

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  • Søren Kierkegaard's Concluding Unscientific Postscript has provoked a lively variety of divergent interpretations for a century and a half. It has been both celebrated and condemned as the chief inspiration for twentieth-century existential thought, as a subversive parody of philosophical argument, as a critique of mass society, as a forerunner of phenomenology and of postmodern relativism, and as an appeal for a renewal of religious commitment. These new essays written by international Kierkegaard scholars offer a plurality of critical approaches to this fundamental text of existential philosophy. They cover hotly debated topics such as the tension between the Socratic-philosophical and the Christian-religious; the identity and personality of Kierkegaard's pseudonym ‘Johannes Climacus'; his conceptions of paradoxical faith and of passionate understanding; his relation to his contemporaries and to some of his more distant predecessors; and, last but not least, his pertinence to our present-day concerns.

    • Introduces Kierkegaard's most prominent contribution to philosophy
    • Provides a range of the most recent critical perspectives on this text
    • Co-ordinated with the very recent Cambridge translation of Kierkegaard's Concluding Unscientific Postscript
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    Reviews & endorsements

    "....a guide of any merit should be welcome, and this one surely will be.... This book is remarkably free of typos or editing errors of any kind. It is to be highly recommended both for Kierkegaard scholars and for novices or those who want to explore for the first time one of the major works of a writer whom Wittgenstein praised as the greatest religious writer of the 19th century."
    --Norman Lillegard, University of Tennessee-Martin, Philosophy in Review

    "One of the most noteworthy features of Kierkegaard’s Concluding Unscientific Postscript: A Critical Guide is that it lives up to its subtitle. This collection truly is a guide to the work as a whole. That it serves as such is no small achievement, and it is surely a credit to the editor, Rick Anthony Furtak.... The dozen essays collected here speak to the largest themes of this notoriously difficult and overlong work and stay admirably focused on what the reader needs to keep in mind very generally to come to grips with the text.... This collection overall contains significant steps forward in our understanding of this complex text, the difficulty of which continues to reward the sharpest critical study."
    --Jeffrey Hanson, Australian Catholic University, Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews

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    Product details

    • Date Published: September 2010
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521897983
    • length: 272 pages
    • dimensions: 235 x 161 x 11 mm
    • weight: 0.56kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction Rick Anthony Furtak
    1. The 'Socratic secret': the postscript to the Philosophical Crumbs M. Jamie Ferreira
    2. Kierkegaard's Socratic pseudonym: a profile of Johannes Climacus Paul Muench
    3. Johannes Climacus' revocation Alastair Hannay
    4. From the garden of the dead: Johannes Climacus on religious and irreligious inwardness Edward F. Mooney
    5. The Kierkegaardian ideal of 'essential knowing' and the scandal of modern philosophy Rick Anthony Furtak
    6. Lessing and Socrates in Kierkegaard's Postscript Jacob Howland
    7. Climacus on subjectivity and the system Merold Westphal
    8. Humor and irony in the Postscript John Lippitt
    9. Climacus on the task of becoming a Christian Clare Carlisle
    10. The epistemology of the Postscript M. G. Piety
    11. Faith and reason in Kierkegaard's Concluding Unscientific Postscript C. Stephen Evans
    12. Making Christianity difficult: the 'existentialist theology' of Kierkegaard's Postscript David R. Law

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    Rick Anthony Furtak, Colorado College


    M. Jamie Ferreira, Paul Muench, Alastair Hannay, Edward F. Mooney, Rick Anthony Furtak, Jacob Howland, Merold Westphal, John Lippitt, Clare Carlisle, M. G. Piety, C. Stephen Evans, David R. Law

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