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Melancholy and the Critique of Modernity : Soren Kierkegaard's Religious Psychology - Harvie Ferguson

Melancholy and the Critique of Modernity

Soren Kierkegaard's Religious Psychology

Paperback Published: 17th November 1994
ISBN: 9780415117234
Number Of Pages: 304

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"Melancholy and The Critique of Modernity" examines the connections between the emergence of modern society and the experience of melancholy. The idea of "sadness without a cause" has played an important part in human self-understanding throughout the development of Western society. But with the emergence of modernity melancholy has become its most pervasive and significant experience.
The affinity between melancholy and modernity is examined through a comprehensive re-examination of the writings of Soren Kierkegaard. The whole range of Kierkegaard's work is set in the context of a social and historical theory of melancholy. From this perspective Kierkegaard emerges as the most important, and the most typical, psychologist of the modern era.
"Melancholy and The Critique of Modernity" makes Kierkegaard's rich and insightful writings accessible to a new audience and establishes him as a central figure for contemporary debates on the nature of modernity.

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." . . a significant re-writing of Kierkegaard's texts in the context of debates on the configuration of modernity." -Keith Tester, Portsmouth University "A masterful performance--original, significant and very "very good." -Professor Gianfranco Pggi, Department of Sociology, University of Virginia ..." challenging [and] unsettling." -Donald Cpps, Princeton Theological Seminary

Melancholy: the depth of modern lifep. 3
Irony: the romance of distancep. 34
Reflection: on the surface of modernityp. 56
Revolution of the spheres: a topological fantasyp. 83
Between existence and non-existence: an anthropological digressionp. 116
The religion of inwardness: an offensive philosophyp. 148
The upbuilding: architecture of happinessp. 185
Edification: the conquest of melancholyp. 210
Inconclusive postscript: beyond despairp. 224
Notesp. 237
Bibliographyp. 266
Indexp. 282
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ISBN: 9780415117234
ISBN-10: 0415117232
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 304
Published: 17th November 1994
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.59 x 13.97  x 1.75
Weight (kg): 0.39
Edition Number: 1