This volume represents a fine assessment of the continuing applicability of Kierkegaard's thought for the 21st century."-The Reader's Review
Matustik and Westphal have set some agile minds to the task of drawing out the threads of Kierkegaard's influence on postmodern and contemporary philosophy, from gender to politics and from Buber to Derrida." -Choice
... Usefully and effectively establishes Kierkegaard as a living presence in contemporary thought. It will help students of Kierkegaard attend to aspects of his thought that have eluded their attention, and it will challenge those engaged with contemporary continental philosophy not to shelter themselves from the provocations and interrogrations still uncomfortably pressing in Kierkegaard's writings." -International Philosophical Quarterly
The standard of the essays and the calibre of the contributors are uniformly high. This is indeed one of the better collections relating to Kierkegaard published in recent years, and should do much to extend discussion of his work..." -Modern Believing
... a text of immense significance and value.... As a research tool it will surely prove indispensable." -Soren Kierkegaard Newsletter
It will be a helpful supplementary areading for teaching... the contemporary readings of Kierkegaard introduced here continue to reveal new and more exciting depths to his extraordinary philosophy." -Teaching Philosophy
These essays engage Kierkegaard in conversation with critical social theory and postmodern thought. Covering a diversity of themes, this collection still reflects consensus-Kierkegaard is to be taken seriously as a philosopher at the turn of the twenty-first century.
MARTIN J. MATUSTIK is Professor of Philosophy at Purdue University and author of Postnational Identity: Critical Theory and Existential Philosophy in Habermas, Kierkegaard, and Havel. MEROLD WESTPHAS is Professor of Philosophy at Fordham University. His books include God, Guilt, and Death: An Existential Phenomenology of Religion, and Suspicion and Faith: The Religious Uses of Modern Atheism.
Introduction Merold Westphal and Martin J. Matustik Sigla 1. THe Kierkegaard-Effect in the Shaping of the Contours of Modernity Calvin O. Schrag 2. Sartre's Debts to Kierkegaard: A Partial Reckoning William L. McBride 3. Heidegger's Reading of Kierkegaard Revisited: From Ontological Abstraction to Ethical Concretion Patricia J. Huntington 4. God, Anxiety, and Female Divinity Alison Leigh Brown 5. Kierkegaard's View of the Unconscious C. Stephen Evans 6. Amatory Cures for Material Dis-ease: A Kristevian Reading of The Sickness unto Death Tamsin Lorraine 7. Kierkegaard and Feminism: Apologetic, Repetition, and Dialogue Wanda Warren Berry 8. Paradoxes in Interpretation: Kierkegaard and Gadamer Stephen N. Dunning 9. Kierkegaard, Wittgenstein, and a Method of "Virtue Ethics" Robert C. Roberts 10. The Politics of Existence: Buber and Kiergaard Robert L. Perkins 11. Communicative Freedom and Negative Theology Jurgen Habermas Translated with Notes by Martin J. Matustik and Patricia J. Huntington 12. Kierkegaard and Critical Theory James L. Marsh 13. Instants, Secrets, and Singularities: Dealing Death in Kierkegaard and Derrida John D. Cputo 14. Kierkegaard's Radical Existential Praxis, or: Why the Individual Defies Liberal, Communitarian, and Postmodern Categories Martin J. Matustik 15. The Transparent Shadow: Kierkegaard and Levina in Dialogue Merole Westphal Works Cited Contributors Index