Reviving the Dead: A Kierkegaardian Turn from the Self-Positing to the Theological Self

Kierkegaard scholars have traditionally chosen to read Kierkegaard as either a theologian or a philosopher. As a result, his corpus is bifurcated as theologians and philosophers lean on their preferred texts. Beneath this practice is an underlying assumption that philosophy and theology "make t...

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Published in:Religions
Main Author: Bowen, Amber
Format: Electronic Article
Language:English
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Published: [2019]
In:Religions
Year: 2019, Volume: 10, Issue: 11
Further subjects:B Emanuel Falque
B Fichte
B Phenomenology
B Theology
B new phenomenology
B Monism
B sickness unto death
B Kierkegaard
B Idealism
B infinite qualitative difference
B theological self
B Philosophy
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Summary:Kierkegaard scholars have traditionally chosen to read Kierkegaard as either a theologian or a philosopher. As a result, his corpus is bifurcated as theologians and philosophers lean on their preferred texts. Beneath this practice is an underlying assumption that philosophy and theology "make two," or should be kept in separate corners. However, a contemporary movement in philosophy known as New Phenomenology has challenged this dualistic maxim and instead finds it appropriate for phenomenology to draw from a theological archive. This article suggests that the possibilities New Phenomenology makes available help us retroactively better understand Kierkegaard's text, Sickness unto Death. Fictional author, Anti-Climacus uses theology strategically to open up J. G. Fichte's ontological monism and to move constructively beyond the dead end of his philosophy. Sickness unto Death effectively demonstrates New Phenomenologist, Emmanuel Falque's claim that the more we theologize, the better we philosophize.
ISSN:2077-1444
Contains:Enthalten in: Religions
Persistent identifiers:DOI: 10.3390/rel10110633