The Posited Self: The Non-Theistic Foundation in Kierkegaard’s Writings

Kierkegaard Studies Yearbook 20 (1):31-54 (2015)
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We may correctly say that Søren Kierkegaard is one of the most influential Christian-religious thinkers of the modern era, but are we equally justified in categorizing his writings as foundationally religious? This paper challenges a prevailing exclusive-theological interpretation that contends that Kierkegaard principally writes from a Christian dogmatic viewpoint. I argue that Kierkegaard’s religion is better understood as an outcome of his philosophical analysis of human nature. Conclusively, we should appreciate Kierkegaard first as a philosopher, whose aim is the explication of human subjectivity, and not primarily as an orator of Christian orthodoxy.

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Rasmus Rosenberg Larsen
University of Toronto at Mississauga


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