Kierkegaard's Relation to Hegel

Kierkegaard's Relation to Hegel

Copyright Date: 1980
Pages: 426
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    Kierkegaard's Relation to Hegel
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    This book, written by the eminent Kierkegaard scholar Niels Thulstrup, provides the first comprehensive treatment of this issue. Presented here in translation from the Danish, the work makes available materials that heretofore have been nearly inaccessible to most American scholars and to many Europeans as well.

    Originally published in 1980.

    ThePrinceton Legacy Libraryuses the latest print-on-demand technology to again make available previously out-of-print books from the distinguished backlist of Princeton University Press. These paperback editions preserve the original texts of these important books while presenting them in durable paperback editions. The goal of the Princeton Legacy Library is to vastly increase access to the rich scholarly heritage found in the thousands of books published by Princeton University Press since its founding in 1905.

    eISBN: 978-1-4008-5720-3
    Subjects: Philosophy

Table of Contents

  1. Front Matter
    (pp. i-iv)
  2. Table of Contents
    (pp. v-viii)
    (pp. ix-x)
    (pp. xi-xiv)
    Niels Thulstrup
    (pp. xv-2)
    (pp. 3-13)

    1. One of Kierkegaard’s well-known Diapsalmata points out: “What the Philosophers say about reality is often as disappointing as a sign you see in a shop window that reads: Pressing Done Here. If you brought your clothes to be pressed, you would be fooled; for the sign is only for sale” (Either/Or,1, 31).

    It can also turn out to be, if not disappointing, then surely a bit confusing to see a whole group of books that have similar titles, but that only partly deal with the same thing and not in the same way at all.

    If we consider...

  7. CHAPTER I Hegelianism in Denmark until the Summer of 1835 and Kierkegaard’s Relation Thereto
    (pp. 14-58)

    In a draft of a letter sent to his distant relative P. W. Lund, dated June i, 1835,¹ and in an entry in thePapirer(I A 75)aof August 1 the same year, we find Kierkegaard’s first detailed reckoning of intellectual and spiritual accounts.

    It is natural, then, to let these documents serve as a focal point for an interpretation of Kierkegaard’s perspective, interests, and problems as a young theological student. Obviously in this investigation such an interpretation must concentrate especially on Kierkegaard’s possible knowledge of Hegelianism such as he could have encountered it in the intellectual environment of...

  8. CHAPTER II Kierkegaard’s Possible Contact with Hegel and Hegelianism from the Summer of 1835 to November 1837
    (pp. 59-114)

    In the previous chapter, our investigation took as its point of departure the Danish thinkers who have had a more or less close contact with Hegel. After an account of this, we went on to an analysis of the texts of Kierkegaard with reference to his possible contact with these thinkers and with Hegel himself, and we arrived at certain conclusions. Now that the general outlines of this background have been sketched, another procedure will be employed in what follows. We shall now begin with the relevant texts of Kierkegaard and seek points of contact with the Hegelians and with...

  9. CHAPTER III The Period Between November 1837 and September 1838
    (pp. 115-165)

    In the middle of November 1837 Kierkegaard began to follow Martensen’sForelcesninger over lndledning til den speculative Dogmatic[Introductory Lectures on Speculative Dogmatics], and scarcely ten months later he published his first book:Af en endnu Levendes Papirer[From the Papers of One Still Living]. The title of course alludes to Kierkegaard, not to Martensen.

    During approximately the same time, Hegelian philosophy became actualized in earnest in Denmark. Obviously Martensen’s lectures came to play an important part in this connection; but there were several impulses. In June 1837, Heiberg began the publication ofPerseus, Journal for den speculative Idee,to...

  10. CHAPTER IV The Period from September 1838 to July 3, 1840
    (pp. 166-212)

    The period to be dealt with in this chapter is bounded on the one side by the publication of Kierkegaard’s literary debut,Af en endnu Levendes Papirer[From the Papers of One Still Living]aon September 7, 1838, and on the other side by July 3, 1840, when Kierkegaard took his final examinations in theology. As has been the procedure in the previous pages, we shall study in detail Kierkegaard’s contact with Hegel and Hegelianism in chronological order. Thus we turn first toAf en endnu Levendes Papirer,then to the entries II A 257-581 and 786-824 in thePapirer,...

  11. CHAPTER V On the Concept of Irony
    (pp. 213-261)

    On the Concept of Ironyis a most difficult work to study, so ambiguous, even equivocal is it on crucial points.¹ Like every investigator of Socrates, Kierkegaard had his difficulties in getting a clear focus on this Athenian sage. He explains it himself thus:

    If we say now that that which constituted the substantial in his [i.e., Socrates’] existence was irony . . . [and] if we postulate further that irony is a negative concept, then we easily see how difficult it becomes to fix an image of him, yes, it seems impossible or at least as hard as to...

  12. CHAPTER VI From On the Concept of Irony to Either/Or
    (pp. 262-278)

    After the defense of his thesis on September 29, 1841, and the final break with Regine Olsen on October 11 of the same year, Kierkegaard was a free man. Two weeks after the break he journeyed to Berlin, from which he returned March 6, 1842, completed the manuscript ofEither/Orin November of the same year, and published this work on February 20, 1843.

    During this period, from October 1841 to February 1843 Kierkegaard continued his study of Hegel, the Hegelians, and a decidedly anti-Hegelian thinker, Schelling. We must, then, undertake a study of this in the following section. First,...

  13. CHAPTER VII Hegel in Kierkegaard’s Papirer from November 1842 to December 1845
    (pp. 279-319)

    Heiberg and Kuhr have already pointed out in their edition of Kierkegaard’sPapirerthat the period from the completion of the manuscript ofEither/Orto the completion of the manuscript ofConcluding Unscientific Postscript,that is, the three years indicated in the title of this chapter, were for Kierkegaard an unbroken period of work. “For this time period it has not been easy . . . to find a suitable place to make divisions,” they say in their preface to volume IV (p. vii).

    Although for external reasons the editors had to divide the entries into several volumes (IV, V,...

  14. CHAPTER VIII Kierkegaard’s Indirect and Direct Clash with Hegel in the Authorship from Either/Or to Concluding Unscientific Postscript
    (pp. 320-381)

    Just as kierkegaard’s private jottings from November 1842 to December 1845 bear clear indications of having been done during an uninterrupted period of work, so also the Authorship during these three years manifests a coherent but complicated totality.

    It would not be unreasonable in this connection to look for an answer to the question of Kierkegaard’s clash with Hegel through an analysis that would ignore the works as separate productions and read them as if they were chapters of a single book. This approach could be defended with particularly good reason, and it would, in a way, correspond to the...

    (pp. 382-394)
  16. INDEX
    (pp. 395-401)
  17. Back Matter
    (pp. 402-402)