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Authorship and Authority in Kierkegaard's Writings

Authorship and Authority in Kierkegaard's Writings

by Joseph WestfallJoseph Westfall
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Authorship is a complicated subject in Kierkegaard's work, which he surely recognized, given his late attempts to explain himself in On My Work as an Author. From the use of multiple pseudonyms and antonyms, to contributions across a spectrum of media and genres, issues of authorship abound.

Why did Kierkegaard write in the ways he did? Before we assess Kierkegaard's famous thoughts on faith or love, or the relationship between 'the aesthetic,' 'the ethical,' and 'the religious,' we must approach how he expressed them. Given the multi-authored nature of his works, can we find a view or voice that is definitively Kierkegaard's own? Can entries in his unpublished jourbanals and notebooks tell us what Kierkegaard himself thought? How should contemporary readers understand inconsistencies or contradictions between differently named authors?

We cannot make definitive claims about Kierkegaard's work as a thinker without understanding Kierkegaard's work as an author. This collection, by leading contemporary Kierkegaard scholars, is the first to systematically examine the divisive question and practice of authorship in Kierkegaard from philosophical, literary and theological perspectives.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781350163812
Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic
Publication date: 05/28/2020
Pages: 258
Product dimensions: 6.14(w) x 9.21(h) x 0.54(d)

About the Author

Joseph Westfall is Associate Professor of Philosophy at the University of Houston-Downtown, USA. He is the author of The Kierkegaardian Author (2007), editor of The Continental Philosophy of Film Reader (Bloomsbury, 2018), and co-editor of Foucault and Nietzsche: A Critical Encounter (Bloomsbury, 2018).

Table of Contents

Joseph Westfall, University of Houston-Downtown, USA

1. Kierkegaard qua Author: “Like the Guadalquibir River”
Sylvia Walsh, Stetson University, USA
2. Rhetoric and Understanding: Authorship as Christian Mission
Robert C. Roberts, Baylor University, USA
3. Illegible Salvation: The Authority of Language in The Concept of Anxiety
Sarah Horton, Boston College, USA
4. The Very Tang of Life: Lyrical Jesting in Kierkegaard's Postscript Title
Edward F. Mooney, Syracuse University, USA
5. Inside the Escritoire: On Kierkegaard's Erotic Theory of Communication
Michael Strawser, University of Central Florida, USA
6. A Desire to Be Understood: Authorship and Authority in Kierkegaard's Work
Daniel Berthold, Bard College, USA
7. Kierkegaard the Humorist
Marilyn Piety, Drexel University, USA
8. Kierkegaard's Scene Changes: Authorship as Dramaturgical Practice
Sophie Wennerscheid, University of Ghent, Belgium
9. Kierkegaard on the Art of Storytelling
Eleanor Helms, California Polytechnic State University, USA
10. “I Came to Carthage”; “So I Arrived in Berlin”: Fleeing and Escape in Augustine's Confessions and Kierkegaard's Repetition
Eric Ziolkowski, Lafayette College, USA
11. On “S.K.”: Selfhood and Signature in Kierkegaard and Sarah Kofman
Joseph Westfall,University of Houston-Downtown, USA
12. Kierkegaard-What “Kind” of Writer?: A Dialogue
George Pattison, University of Glasgow, UK


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