Kierkegaard's Instant

Kierkegaard's Instant

On Beginnings
David J. Kangas
Distribution: World
Publication date: 5/7/2007
Format: cloth 256 pages
6.125 x 9.25
ISBN: 978-0-253-34859-3
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In Kierkegaard’s Instant, David J. Kangas reads Kierkegaard to reveal his radical thinking about temporality. For Kierkegaard, the instant of becoming, in which everything changes in the blink of an eye, eludes recollection and anticipation. It constitutes a beginning always already at work. As Kangas shows, Kierkegaard’s retrieval of the sudden quality of temporality allows him to stage a deep critique of the idealist projects of Fichte, Schelling, and Hegel. By linking Kierkegaard’s thought to the tradition of Meister Eckhart, Kangas formulates the central problem of these early texts and puts them into contemporary light—can thinking hold itself open to the challenges of temporality?

Author Bio

David J. Kangas is Assistant Professor of Religion at Florida State University.

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"Kangas's theoretical contributionand his careful locating of Kierkegaard in historial context, allows him to bring even the most enigmatic of Kierkegaardian texts to life." —Vanessa Rumble, Boston College

"Kangas's theoretical contribution, and his careful locating of Kierkegaard in historial context, allows him to bring even the most enigmatic of Kierkegaardian texts to life." —Vanessa Rumble, Boston College

". . . [This] closely-argued and scrupulously-sourced [volume] . . . make[s] an important contribution to Kierkegaard Studies and to the important work of situating Kierkegaard's vocabulary and concerns in the intellectual context of his time. . ." —P. Stokes, Soren Kierkegaard Research Ctr, U Copenhagen,
Int J Philos Religion , Vol. 65 2009

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Table of Contents

Contents
Preface
Note on Sources

Introduction: Ungrounding Subjectivity
1. The Infinite Beginning (The Concept of Irony)
2. Endless Time (Either/Or 1)
3. Entering into Philosophy (De omnibus dubitandum est)
4. Repetition (Repetition)
5. Absolute Relation to the Ab-solute (Fear and Trembling)
6. The Instant (The Concept of Anxiety)
Conclusion: The Exteriority of Interiority

Notes
Bibliography
Index