Kierkegaard, Communication, and Virtue
Authorship as Edification
Publication Year: 2013
In contrast to recent postmodern and deconstructionist readings, Mark A. Tietjen believes that the purpose behind Kierkegaard's writings is the moral and religious improvement of the reader. Tietjen defends Kierkegaard against claims that certain features of his works, such as pseudonymity, indirect communication, irony, and satire are self-deceived or deceitful. Kierkegaard, Communication, and Virtue reveals how they are directly related to the virtues or moral issues being discussed. In fact, Tietjen argues, the manner of presentation is a critical element of the philosophical message being conveyed. Reading broadly in Kierkegaard’s writings, he develops a hermeneutics of trust that fully illustrates Kierkegaard’s aim to evoke faith in his reader.
Published by: Indiana University Press
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KIERKEGAARD, COMMUNICATION, AND VIRTUE
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...this book is a result of the confluence of many lives commonly pursuing the joys of learning and friendship. i should first thank James loder, who introduced me to the thought of Kierkegaard and whose powerful influence on several generations of stu-dents and ministers at Princeton Theological Seminary continues to this day. my inter-est in Kierkegaard led me to Baylor university, in large part because of its 2012 vision ...
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Ba The Book on Adler. edited and translated by howard V. hong and edna h. Ca The Concept of Anxiety. edited and translated by reidar Thomte. Princeton: Cd Christian Discourses and The Crisis and a Crisis in the Life of an Actress. edited and translated by howard V. hong and edna h. hong. Princeton: Princeton Ci The Concept of Irony with Continual Reference to Socrates. edited and trans-...
Introduction: Philosophy and Edification
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...today’s mor.scal.sc p.schil.scosop.sche.scr.sc operates more like a physics scholar than a physician. The physics scholar is interested in truth about the physical world, including the natu-ral laws that give shape to a human’s experience of the world. The physics scholar, however, does not prescribe how the human ought to operate in the world, though i suppose there would be recommendations made for taking the law of gravity seriously. ...
Part I. Jest and/or Earnestness
1 Blunt Reading
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...the.scr.sce.sc is l.scike.scl.scy to be minimal disagreement over the claim that Kierkegaard’s upbuilding discourses and other religious writings like Works of Love and For Self-Examination function to edify the reader. if there is opposition to this claim, the bur-den rests on those who see other intentions on behalf of the author, and it is not my objective to anticipate such arguments here. more dif_f_icult to defend, but much more ...
2 Alternatives to Différance
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...the.sc r.sce.scade.scr.sc ne.scw.sc to Kierkegaard will find remarkable the diversity of discussions of concepts such as love to be found in his writings. The pseudonym a’s view of love in Either/Or I is based on popular erotic conceptions drawn from mozart’s Don Giovanni and augustin eugène Scribe’s Les Premières Amours ou Les Souvenirs d’enfance, both of which he reviews. in the companion volume Either/Or II, another pseudonym, Judge ...
3 Communicating Capability
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...in c.schap.sct.sce.scr.sc 1 i considered roger Poole’s claim that either one reads Kierkegaard with attentiveness to the indirect communication or one reads him earnestly, “on religious grounds,” as edifying. Kierkegaard seems to anticipate this approach to his work: “in pseudonymous books published by me the earnestness is more vigorous, particularly in those passages in which the presentation will appear to most people as nothing ...
Part II. Suspicion or Trust
4 Deconstructing The Point of View
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...if.sc indir.sce.scc.sct.sc c.scommu.scnic.scat.scion is to be understood as a communication of ethical and ethical-religious capability, then it is quite apparent how Kierkegaard’s authorship may effectively serve the end of edification. Kierkegaard makes explicit the relation between his communicative methods and the improvement of his reader in the published and unpublished works that comprise The Point of View.1 niels Jørgen Cappelørn argues ...
5 Trusting The Point of View
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...gar.scf.scf.sc’s p.scor.sct.scr.scait.sc of.sc Kierkegaard is one critical of Kierkegaard’s own moral fail-ings, especially of his dishonesty and self-deception. however, it seems garff’s own approach in reading Kierkegaard is not itself “morally neutral.” in this chapter i will explore further Kierkegaard’s understanding of the moral backdrop to his autho-rial practice, and then i will turn the focus toward the reader of Kierkegaard to ask ...
Part III. Faith and Virtue
6 The Pseudonymous Dialectic of Faith, I
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...in many forms and under several pseudonyms, a whole pseudonymous literature is chiefly concerned with illuminating the question of faith, with discerning the sphere belonging to faith, with determining its distinction from other spheres of the intellect and spirit, etc. and how is all this done? By dialectic, by reflection. i venture to claim that it would be hard to find an author who has been so devoted to reflecting on faith. ...
7 The Pseudonymous Dialectic of Faith, II
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...[t]he one who introduced the issue did not directly define himself as being Christian and the others as not being that; no, just the reverse—he denies being that and con-in chapter 2 we saw that Climacus, a humorist, discusses religion from a position outside faith; thus, in this respect, his illumination of faith is similar to de silentio’s. however, insofar as Climacus’s two-book corpus devotes itself to presenting the issue ...
Conclusions: Kierkegaard, Virtue, and Edification
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...in t.sche.sc p.scr.sce.scc.sce.scding.sc chapters we have considered Kierkegaard’s exploration of reli-gious faith carried out in poetic-dialectical fashion across a number of pseudonymous authors with a number of diverse perspectives. We concluded the study by briefly pointing to a conception of faith in one of his signed writings, and i suggested that his view there shares some features with the views put forth by the four pseudonyms; it is ...
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Page Count: 176
Publication Year: 2013
Series Title: Indiana Series in the Philosophy of Religion