Kierkegaard in Post/Modernity

Kierkegaard in Post/Modernity

Edited by Martin Matustik and Merold Westphal
Distribution: World
Publication date: 10/22/1995
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 978-0-253-20967-2
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This volume represents a fine assessment of the continuing applicability of Kierkegaard’s thought for the 21st century."—The Reader’s Review

Matustík and Westphal have set some agile minds to the task of drawing out the threads of Kierkegaard’s influence on postmodern and contemporary philosophy, from gender to politics and from Buber to Derrida." —Choice

... Usefully and effectively establishes Kierkegaard as a living presence in contemporary thought. It will help students of Kierkegaard attend to aspects of his thought that have eluded their attention, and it will challenge those engaged with contemporary continental philosophy not to shelter themselves from the provocations and interrogrations still uncomfortably pressing in Kierkegaard’s writings." —International Philosophical Quarterly

The standard of the essays and the calibre of the contributors are uniformly high. This is indeed one of the better collections relating to Kierkegaard published in recent years, and should do much to extend discussion of his work..." —Modern Believing

... a text of immense significance and value.... As a research tool it will surely prove indispensable." —Søren Kierkegaard Newsletter

It will be a helpful supplementary areading for teaching... the contemporary readings of Kierkegaard introduced here continue to reveal new and more exciting depths to his extraordinary philosophy." —Teaching Philosophy

These essays engage Kierkegaard in conversation with critical social theory and postmodern thought. Covering a diversity of themes, this collection still reflects consensus—Kierkegaard is to be taken seriously as a philosopher at the turn of the twenty-first century.

Author Bio

MARTIN J. MATUSTIK is Professor of Philosophy at Purdue University and author of Postnational Identity: Critical Theory and Existential Philosophy in Habermas, Kierkegaard, and Havel.

MEROLD WESTPHAS is Professor of Philosophy at Fordham University. His books include God, Guilt, and Death: An Existential Phenomenology of Religion, and Suspicion and Faith: The Religious Uses of Modern Atheism.

Reviews

““This volume represents a fine assessment of the continuing applicability of Kierkegaard’s thought for the 21st century.” —The Reader’s Review “Matustík and Westphal have set some agile minds to the task of drawing out the threads of Kierkegaard’s influence on postmodern and contemporary philosophy, from gender to politics and from Buber to Derrida.” —Choice “. . . Usefully and effectively establishes Kierkegaard as a living presence in contemporary thought. It will help students of Kierkegaard attend to aspects of his thought that have eluded their attention, and it will challenge those engaged with contemporary continental philosophy not to shelter themselves from the provocations and interrogrations still uncomfortably pressing in Kierkegaard’s writings.” —International Philosophical Quarterly “The standard of the essays and the calibre of the contributors are uniformly high. This is indeed one of the better collections relating to Kierkegaard published in recent years, and should do much to extend discussion of his work . . .” —Modern Believing “. . . a text of immense significance and value. . . . As a research tool it will surely prove indispensable.” —Søren Kierkegaard Newsletter “It will be a helpful supplementary areading for teaching . . . the contemporary readings of Kierkegaard introduced here continue to reveal new and more exciting depths to his extraordinary philosophy.” —Teaching Philosophy These essays engage Kierkegaard in conversation with critical social theory and postmodern thought. Covering a diversity of themes, this collection still reflects consensus—Kierkegaard is to be taken seriously as a philosopher at the turn of the twenty-first century.”

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Table of Contents

Introduction
Merold Westphal and Martin J. Matustik Sigla

1. THe Kierkegaard-Effect in the Shaping of the Contours of Modernity
Calvin O. Schrag

2. Sartre’s Debts to Kierkegaard: A Partial Reckoning
William L. McBride

3. Heidegger’s Reading of Kierkegaard Revisited: From Ontological Abstraction to Ethical Concretion
Patricia J. Huntington

4. God, Anxiety, and Female Divinity
Alison Leigh Brown

5. Kierkegaard’s View of the Unconscious
C. Stephen Evans

6. Amatory Cures for Material Dis-ease: A Kristevian Reading of The Sickness unto Death
Tamsin Lorraine

7. Kierkegaard and Feminism: Apologetic, Repetition, and Dialogue
Wanda Warren Berry

8. Paradoxes in Interpretation: Kierkegaard and Gadamer
Stephen N. Dunning

9. Kierkegaard, Wittgenstein, and a Method of "Virtue Ethics"
Robert C. Roberts

10. The Politics of Existence: Buber and Kiergaard
Robert L. Perkins

11. Communicative Freedom and Negative Theology
Jurgen Habermas
Translated with Notes by Martin J. Matustik and Patricia J. Huntington

12. Kierkegaard and Critical Theory
James L. Marsh

13. Instants, Secrets, and Singularities: Dealing Death in Kierkegaard and Derrida
John D. Cputo

14. Kierkegaard’s Radical Existential Praxis, or: Why the Individual Defies Liberal, Communitarian, and Postmodern Categories
Martin J. Matustik

15. The Transparent Shadow: Kierkegaard and Levina in Dialogue
Merole Westphal

Works Cited
Contributors
Index