Kierkegaard's Thought

Kierkegaard's Thought

Copyright Date: 1971
Pages: 400
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    Kierkegaard's Thought
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    Kierkegaard's pseudonymous authorship has baffled readers, his apparent capriciousness making it difficult to determine his position at a given point and to understand his work as an organic whole. Gregor Malantschuk's study, based on careful reading of Kierkegaard's journals, papers, and texts, cuts through the authorship problem to clarify the philosopher's key ideas, see the comprehensive plan of his work, and make intelligible the dialectical coherence of his thought. Discussing Kierkegaard's dialectical method and his use of it fromEither/Orto the finalTwo Discourses, Professor Malantschuk shows how coherently Kierkegaard set the individual works in place, so that even the conflict between the principal pseudonyms, Climacus and Anti-Climacus, serves to elucidate his major philosophical ideas.

    Contents: 1. Anthropological Contemplation. II. Kierkegaard's Dialectical Method. III. The Dialectic Employed in the Authorship. Index.

    Originally published in 1974.

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Table of Contents

  1. Front Matter
    (pp. i-vi)
  2. Foreword
    (pp. vii-viii)
    Howard V. Hong and Edna H. Hong

    When this book by Gregor Malantschuk appeared in Danish, Professor N. H. Søe wrote in a review: “Kierkegaard study has been enriched by a brilliant work. It ought to be translated very soon into a world language.”

    After reading the book, we agreed on both points, and now we are happy to have a hand in extending the range of this superb work, the best book currently available on Kierkegaard in any language.

    What makes this a good book? In hisKierkegaards Verhältnis zu Hegel(Stuttgart, 1969) Niels Thulstrup accounts for the merits of the book by saying that it...

  3. Preface
    (pp. ix-x)
    Gregor Malantschuk
  4. Table of Contents
    (pp. xi-2)
  5. Introduction
    (pp. 3-8)

    Exploring Søren Kierkegaard’s authorship and clarifying its intentions involve great difficulties. These are due not only to the special themes which are his concern and his characteristic manner of stating the problems but also to his conscious attempt to make a penetration of his work more difficult, something he expresses in many places, both directly and indirectly. For example, Kierkegaard’s principal pseudonym, Johannes Climacus, very significantly declares that he has understood it as his “task to create difficulties everywhere.”¹ In referring to the structure ofStages on Life’s Wayhe says, “It is thus left to the reader himself to...

  6. I Anthropological Contemplation
    (pp. 9-102)

    Søren Kierkegaard’s earliest notes give evidence that he is trying to proceed methodically and that he had set a goal for his studies and research. This goal, which he calls his “project,”¹ the Danish editors of Kierkegaard’s journals and papers have described briefly as “the collection of material fora characterization of the spirit of the Middle Agesthrough ageneral historicalstudy of the age’s distinctive features in all the areas of spiritual-intellectual life, in literature, art, religion, science, and social conditions, concentrating on amore thorough and concretestudy of the reflection of the folk genius of the...

  7. II Kierkegaard’s Dialectical Method
    (pp. 103-178)

    Concurrently with his concentration on the previously discussed subjects, Kierkegaard seeks to work out a method which he can use to develop a comprehensive view of life’s manifold forms,¹ especially of human existence, with an emphasis on subjective actuality and its relationship to Christianity as the base.

    The central and determining concept for Kierkegaard in the structuring of this method becomes the concept ofconsistency. The rigorously thorough application of this concept in all of Kierkegaard’s processes of thought signifies that he is attempting to deal with the issues which are central for him according to a scholarly-scientific method.


  8. III The Dialectic Employed in the Authorship
    (pp. 179-372)

    In our scrutiny of the dialectical structure of the authorship we will consider Kierkegaard’s dialectic of communication, which plays a decisive role in the authorship because of Kierkegaard’s extensive use of pseudonyms and his very careful consideration given to the relations among the various themes. Although Kierkegaard’s dialectical method was completely clear to him in 1842-43, his principles for a doctrine of communication were given their final form only in the development of the authorship, at the latest in 1846, after which Kierkegaard, early in 1846, thought of “giving a course of 12 lectures on the dialectic of communication.”¹ At...

  9. Bibliography
    (pp. 373-376)
  10. Index
    (pp. 377-388)