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Description - Kierkegaard's Influence on Social-Political Thought by Jon Stewart

While scholars have long recognized Kierkegaard's important contributions to fields such as ethics, aesthetics, philosophy of religion, philosophical psychology, and hermeneutics, it was usually thought that he had nothing meaningful to say about society or politics. Kierkegaard has been traditionally characterized as a Christian writer who placed supreme importance on the inward religious life of each individual believer. His radical view seemed to many to undermine any meaningful conception of the community, society or the state. In recent years, however, scholars have begun to correct this image of Kierkegaard as an apolitical thinker. The present volume attempts to document the use of Kierkegaard by later thinkers in the context of social-political thought. It shows how his ideas have been employed by very different kinds of writers and activists with very different political goals and agendas. Many of the articles show that, although Kierkegaard has been criticized for his reactionary views on some social and political questions, he has been appropriated as a source of insight and inspiration by a number of later thinkers with very progressive, indeed, visionary political views.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9781409434917
ISBN-10: 1409434915
Format: Hardback
(234mm x 156mm x mm)
Pages: 312
Imprint: Ashgate Publishing Limited
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Publish Date: 21-Dec-2011
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Jon Stewart

Jon Stewart is an Associate Research Professor in the Soren Kierkegaard Research Centre at the University of Copenhagen, Denmark. Leif Bork Hansen, Marcio Gimenes de Paula, Michael O'Neill Burns, Gerhard Tonhauser, Nigel Hatton, Andras Nagy, Robert Puchniak, Bartholomew Ryan, Peter Brickey LeQuire, Marcia C. Robinson, Jennifer Elisa Veninga.

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