Kierkegaard And The Life Of Faith: The Aesthetic, The Ethical, And The Religious In Fear And Trembling by Jeffrey A. Hanson

Kierkegaard And The Life Of Faith: The Aesthetic, The Ethical, And The Religious In Fear And…

byJeffrey A. Hanson

Hardcover | January 16, 2017

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Soren Kierkegaard's Fear and Trembling is one of the most widely read works of Continental philosophy and the philosophy of religion. While several commentaries and critical editions exist, Jeffrey Hanson offers a distinctive approach to this crucial text. Hanson gives equal weight and attention to all three of Kierkegaard's "problems," dealing with Fear and Trembling as part of the entire corpus of Kierkegaard's production and putting all parts into relation with each other. Additionally, he offers a distinctive analysis of the Abraham story and other biblical texts, giving particular attention to questions of poetics, language, and philosophy, especially as each relates to the aesthetic, the ethical, and the religious. Presented in a thoughtful, well-informed, and fresh manner, Hanson's claims are original and edifying. This new reading of Kierkegaard will stimulate fruitful dialogue on well-traveled philosophical ground.

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Jeffrey Hanson is Research Associate in the Program for Integrative Knowledge and Human Flourishing at Harvard University's Institute for Quantitative Social Science. He is editor of Kierkegaard as Phenomenologist: An Experiment and (with Michael R. Kelly) of Michel Henry: The Affects of Thought.

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Title:Kierkegaard And The Life Of Faith: The Aesthetic, The Ethical, And The Religious In Fear And…Format:HardcoverDimensions:264 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.98 inPublished:January 16, 2017Publisher:Indiana University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

Introduction
1. Titular Matters
2. A Philosophical Preface
3. A Narrative Approach
4. A Rhetorical Rehearsal
5. Beginning from the Heart
6. Teleological Suspensions
7. Absolute Duty
8. Silence and Speech
Conclusion
Notes
Index

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"Hanson gives a nuanced and deeply informed reading of Kierkegaard's pictures of religious faith as they are articulated in Fear and Trembling, perhaps the most arresting and complex work in the Dane's authorship. Faith is linked to love and to gracefully weathering catastrophe, perhaps invisibly. There are only four or five books in English that dare focus entirely on this early masterpiece, and Hanson makes his mark as one of the best. Uniquely, he gives great attention to the second half of Fear and Trembling where Kierkegaard, or his pseudonym Johannes de Silentio, links faith to the tale of Agnes falling in love with the merman - a brilliant counterpoint to the notorious story of Abraham and Isaac. Best of all, Hanson pries faith free from dogma of any kind, and showsitto straddlethe ethicaland the aesthetic." -Edward F. Mooney, Professor Emeritus,Departments of Religion and Philosophy, Syracuse University