In contrast to recent postmodern and deconstructionist readings, Mark A. Tietjen believes that the purpose behind Kierkegaard's writings is the moral and religious improvement of the reader. Tietjen defends Kierkegaard against claims that certain features of his works, such as pseudonymity, indirect communication, irony, and satire are self-deceived or deceitful. Kierkegaard, Communication, and Virtue reveals how they are directly related to the virtues or moral issues being discussed. In fact, Tietjen argues, the manner of presentation is a critical element of the philosophical message being conveyed. Reading broadly in Kierkegaard's writings, he develops a hermeneutics of trust that fully illustrates Kierkegaard's aim to evoke faith in his reader.
Mark A. Tietjen is Associate Professor of Philosophy and Religion at the University of West Georgia.
Acknowledgements Sigla Introduction: Philosophy and Edification Part I. Jest and/or Earnestness 1. Blunt Reading 2. Alternatives to Differance 3. Communicating Capability Part II. Suspicion or Trust 4. Deconstructing The Point of View 5. Trusting The Point of View Part III. Faith and Virtue 6. The Pseudonymous Dialectic of Faith, I 7. The Pseudonymous Dialectic of Faith, II Conclusions: Kierkegaard, Virtue, and Edification Notes Works Cited Index