Alison Assiter has put together a work that has the potential to create an
exciting and stimulating debate in Kierkegaard circles. Mostly because she portrays
Kierkegaard as an idealist ontologist, that is, a philosopher of not just human nature (i.e.
subjectivity), but also nature in its cosmic totality. Thus, what I find most admirable is
that with Assiter we have a thinker who has the philosophical courage to suggest that the
purported relationship between Schelling and Kierkegaard leads necessarily to bold
philosophical consequences. Since Günther Figal’s 1980 article, Schelling und
Kierkegaards Freiheitsbegriff, which gave us the first clue of the Kierkegaardian
connection to Schelling’s Freiheitsschrift, scholars have primarily focused on
reemphasizing the actual possibility of (the early) Schellingean heritage in Kierkegaard,
meanwhile forgetting to ask themselves what consequences this connection might have
on our interpretation of Kierkegaard’s corpus. Assiter’s book is an attempt to draw such a
long needed consequence.