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

by Amber Bowen 1,2
1
Trinity College Bristol, University of Aberdeen, Aberdeen AB24 3FX, UK
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Hong Kierkegaard Library, Northfield, MN 55057, USA
Religions 2019, 10(11), 633; https://doi.org/10.3390/rel10110633
Received: 17 September 2019 / Revised: 22 October 2019 / Accepted: 24 October 2019 / Published: 15 November 2019
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Kierkegaard and Theology)
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. View Full-Text
Keywords: Kierkegaard; Fichte; sickness unto death; new phenomenology; Emanuel Falque; theology; philosophy; idealism; theological self; monism; infinite qualitative difference; phenomenology Kierkegaard; Fichte; sickness unto death; new phenomenology; Emanuel Falque; theology; philosophy; idealism; theological self; monism; infinite qualitative difference; phenomenology
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Bowen, A. Reviving the Dead: A Kierkegaardian Turn from the Self-Positing to the Theological Self. Religions 2019, 10, 633.

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