Kierkegaard's God and the Good Life

Kierkegaard's God and the Good Life

Edited by Stephen Minister, J Aaron Simmons and Michael J Strawser
Distribution: Global
Publication date: 06/06/2017
ISBN: 978-0-253-02948-5
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Kierkegaard's God and the Good Life focuses on faith and love, two central topics in Kierkegaard's writings, to grapple with complex questions at the intersection of religion and ethics. Here, leading scholars reflect on Kierkegaard's understanding of God, the religious life, and what it means to exist ethically. The contributors then shift to psychology, hope, knowledge, and the emotions as they offer critical and constructive readings for contemporary philosophical debates in the philosophy of religion, moral philosophy, and epistemology. Together, they show how Kierkegaard continues to be an important resource for understandings of religious existence, public discourse, social life, and how to live virtuously.

Author Bio

Stephen Minister is Clara Lea Olsen Professor of Ethical Values and associate professor of philosophy at Augustana University in South Dakota. He is the author of De-Facing the Other: Reason, Ethics, and Politics after Difference.

J. Aaron Simmons is Associate Professor of Philosophy at Furman University in Greenville, SC. He is author of God and the Other: Ethics and Politics After the Theological Turn and author (with Bruce Ellis Benson) of The New Phenomenology: A Philosophical Introduction.

Michael Strawser is Chair of the Department of Philosophy and Professor of Philosophy at the University of Central Florida. He is author of Both/And: Reading Kierkegaard from Irony to Edification and Kierkegaard and the Philosophy of Love.


“Invites the reader to think anew about what Kierkegaard was saying and what we can learn from him in the context of our time, particularly what it means to become a Christian in terms of the moral task of love and living a life worthy of a human being.”
 — Sylvia Walsh, translator of Kierkegaard's Discourses at the Communion on Fridays

“This is an engaging and insightful volume of articles.”
 — Reading Religion

 — Choice

“All in all, the editors of this volume have put together a thoughtful and sometimes provocative collection of essays by a number of Kierkegaard scholars and philosophers for the reader’s consideration. . . .The volume undoubtedly makes a contribution to contemporary philosophical debates in the philosophy of religion, moral philosophy, and epistemology, especially with regard to the importance of faith and love for leading a good and meaningful human life.”
 — International Journal for Philosophy of Religion

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Table of Contents

Abbreviations for Books by Kierkegaard

Part One: Faith and Love
1. Love as the End of Human Existence / Sharon Krishek
2. Love Is the Highest Good / Michael Strawser
3. Erotic Wisdom: On God, Passion, Faith, and Falling in Love / Pia Søltoft
4. The Integration of Neighbor-Love and Special Loves in Kierkegaard and von Hildebrand / John J. Davenport
5. Kierkegaard, Weil, and Agapic Moral Fideism / Mark A. Tietjen

Part Two: Moral Psychology and Ethical Existence
6. Kierkegaard’s Virtues? Humility and Gratitude as the Grounds of Contentment, Patience, and Hope in Kierkegaard’s Moral Psychology / John Lippitt
7. The Heart of Knowledge: Kierkegaard on Passion and Understanding / Rick Anthony Furtak
8. From Hegel to Google: Kierkegaard and the Perils of "the System" / Christopher B. Barnett
9. An Ethics for Adults? Kierkegaard and the Ambiguity of Exaltation / Stephen Minister

Part Three: Existence Before God
10. Difficult Faith and Living Well / Edward F. Mooney
11. Kierkegaard and the Early Church on Christian Knowledge and Its Existential Implications / M.G. Piety
12. Thunderstruck: Divine Irony in Kierkegaard’s Job / Grant Julin
13. Kierkegaard and Pentecostal Philosophy / J. Aaron Simmons