Kierkegaard: Concluding Unscientific Postscript

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Cambridge University Press, May 28, 2009 - History - 539 pages
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Kierkegaard's Concluding Unscientific Postscript is a classic of existential literature. It concludes the first and richest phase of Kierkegaard's pseudonymous authorship and is the text that philosophers look to first when attempting to define Kierkegaard's own philosophy. Familiar Kierkegaardian themes are introduced in the work, including truth as subjectivity, indirect communication, the leap, and the impossibility of forming a philosophical system for human existence. The Postscript sums up the aims of the preceding pseudonymous works and opens the way to the next part of Kierkegaard's increasingly tempestuous life: it can thus be seen as a cornerstone of his philosophical thought. This volume offers the work in a new and accessible translation by Alastair Hannay, together with an introduction that sets the work in its philosophical and historical contexts.

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An absolutely masterful exposition of the subject's relation to the religious. Although Johannes Climacus himself seems to completely lack faith, this seems to describe the limit of dispassionate interestedness. Read full review

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About the author (2009)

Soren Kierkegaard (1813-1855), the author of more than twenty books, was a Danish philosopher and theologian whose work has been widely recognized as the foundations of both modern psychology and existentialism.

Alastair Hannay is Professor Emeritus, University of Oslo.