Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item:
Title: Preface to 'Kierkegaards Concepts - Tome I: Absolute to Church'
Contributor(s): Emmanuel, Steven M (author); McDonald, William (author); Stewart, Jon (author)
Publication Date: 2013
Handle Link:
Abstract: Soren Kierkegaard knew that the religious relationship calls the human being into a twofold process involving language. On the one hand, human beings are called to name and describe in language the reality being experienced; yet, on the other hand, they are called to negate the naming and the discursive, linguistic descriptions because such naming and descriptions always fall short of giving proper expression to the reality being named. Kierkegaard's potency as a religious and philosophical thinker resided in his singular capacity for carrying out both sides of this calling. He could engage in naming with the best of them, but he was also unrelenting in his engagement in the activity of negating. A rationality of the deepest sort is at play more obviously in naming but also less obviously in negating, and Kierkegaard's dialectical gifts served him well in the two arenas. One element of language that plays an important role in both naming and negating is the concept. Some concepts come to be very important for a thinker because they are terms that express in a word a whole set of claims being affirmed. To gain an understanding of these central concepts can facilitate the inquirer's grasping the viewpoint of the thinker employing them. This surely is the case with Kierkegaard: learning the meaning of his central concepts is the key into his world of thought.
Publication Type: Book Chapter
Source of Publication: Kierkegaards Concepts - Tome I: Absolute to Church, p. xi-xiii
Publisher: Ashgate
Place of Publication: Farnham, United Kingdom
ISBN: 9781472417497
Field of Research (FOR): 220209 History of Ideas
220207 History and Philosophy of the Humanities
220208 History and Philosophy of the Social Sciences
HERDC Category Description: B2 Chapter in a Book - Other
Other Links:
Series Name: Kierkegaard Research: Sources, Reception and Resources
Series Number : 15
Statistics to Oct 2018: Visitors: 208
Views: 472
Downloads: 1
Appears in Collections:Book Chapter

Files in This Item:
3 files
File Description SizeFormat 
Show full item record

Page view(s)

checked on Dec 29, 2018
Google Media

Google ScholarTM






Items in Research UNE are protected by copyright, with all rights reserved, unless otherwise indicated.