Kierkegaard's Instant: On Beginnings

Hardcover | May 31, 2007

byDavid J. Kangas

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In Kierkegaard's Instant, David J. Kangas reads Kierkegaard to reveal his radical thinking about temporality. For Kierkegaard, the instant of becoming, in which everything changes in the blink of an eye, eludes recollection and anticipation. It constitutes a beginning always already at work. As Kangas shows, Kierkegaard's retrieval of the sudden quality of temporality allows him to stage a deep critique of the idealist projects of Fichte, Schelling, and Hegel. By linking Kierkegaard's thought to the tradition of Meister Eckhart, Kangas formulates the central problem of these early texts and puts them into contemporary light-can thinking hold itself open to the challenges of temporality?

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In Kierkegaard's Instant, David J. Kangas reads Kierkegaard to reveal his radical thinking about temporality. For Kierkegaard, the instant of becoming, in which everything changes in the blink of an eye, eludes recollection and anticipation. It constitutes a beginning always already at work. As Kangas shows, Kierkegaard's retrieval of ...

David J. Kangas is Assistant Professor of Religion at Florida State University.
Format:HardcoverDimensions:256 pages, 9.25 × 6.12 × 0.89 inPublished:May 31, 2007Publisher:Indiana University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0253348595

ISBN - 13:9780253348593

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Table of Contents

Contents<_5c_>
Preface
Note on Sources

Introduction: Ungrounding Subjectivity
1. The Infinite Beginning (The Concept of Irony)
2. Endless Time (Either/Or 1)
3. Entering into Philosophy (De omnibus dubitandum est)
4. Repetition (Repetition)
5. Absolute Relation to the Ab-solute (Fear and Trembling)
6. The Instant (The Concept of Anxiety)
Conclusion: The Exteriority of Interiority

Notes
Bibliography
Index

Editorial Reviews

"Kangas's theoretical contribution, and his careful locating of Kierkegaard in historial context, allows him to bring even the most enigmatic of Kierkegaardian texts to life." -Vanessa Rumble, Boston College