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The Humor of Kierkegaard : An Anthology - Soren Kierkegaard

The Humor of Kierkegaard

An Anthology

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Who might reasonably be nominated as the funniest philosopher of all time? With this anthology, Thomas Oden provisionally declares Soren Aabye Kierkegaard (1813-1855)--despite his enduring stereotype as the melancholy, despairing Dane--as, among philosophers, the most amusing.

Kierkegaard not only explored comic perception to its depths but also practiced the art of comedy as astutely as any writer of his time. This collection shows how his theory of comedy is integrated into his practice of comic perception, and how both are integral to his entire authorship.

Kierkegaard's humor ranges from the droll to the rollicking; from farce to intricate, subtle analysis; from nimble stories to amusing aphorisms. In these pages you are invited to meet the wife of an author who burned her husband's manuscript and a businessman who, even with an abundance of calling cards, forgot his own name. You will hear of an interminable vacillator whom archeologists found still pacing thousands of years later, trying to come to a decision. Then there is the emperor who became a barkeeper in order to stay in the know.

"The Humor of Kierkegaard" is for anyone ready to be amused by human follies. Those new to Kierkegaard will discover a dazzling mind worth meeting. Those already familiar with his theory of comedy will be delighted to see it concisely set forth and exemplified. Others may have read Kierkegaard intensively without having ever really noticed his comic side. Here they will find what they have been missing.

"Kierkegaard is known for many things... He is not, however, generally known for his humor, a situation this book--really two in one--will ameliorate... Oden knows his subject well, and his remarks effectively elucidate key points; his selections provide examples of Kierkegaard's humor while giving a solid overview of his philosophical thinking in general."--Library Journal "I would say that Kierkegaard is the greatest theorist of irony ... and that Oden himself is a magnificent guide to his thought on this problematical subject and on Kierkegaard's thought on humor in general... When one reads Kierkegaard--and often more intelligibly for the general reader, someone like Oden--one sees why books written in a contemporary modern vein of irony are so profoundly boring."--Katherine A. Powers, The Boston Globe

Acknowledgmentsp. ix
Introductionp. 1
The Human Conditionp. 43
The Absurdp. 45
Vacillationp. 50
Beginning and Riskingp. 53
Stages in Becoming Oneselfp. 57
Aesthetic Existencep. 59
Ethical Existencep. 63
Religious Existencep. 69
Inwardnessp. 75
Incongruitiesp. 77
Sufferingp. 80
Finding and Losing Oneselfp. 84
Deathp. 88
Christianityp. 93
Becoming a Christianp. 95
Incarnation and Atonementp. 99
Offense and Paradoxp. 103
Eternal Happiness in Timep. 107
Theologyp. 111
Godp. 113
Explaining Hegel to Godp. 117
The Hazards of Regnant Theologyp. 120
Immortalityp. 124
"Christendom"p. 127
Sinp. 129
Prayerp. 134
The Status of Christianity within Modernityp. 138
The Biblep. 143
The Clergyp. 147
Repentancep. 154
Denmarkp. 158
Relationshipsp. 161
The Hazards of Lovep. 163
Love and Dutyp. 167
Marriage and the Single Statep. 170
The Vulnerability of the Malep. 174
The Strength of Womanp. 179
Children and Youthp. 186
Truth and Communicationp. 191
Literary and Artistic Criticismp. 193
Comedy and Contradictionp. 197
Laughter as the Test of Truthp. 203
The Vocation of Authorshipp. 208
The Culture of Modernityp. 217
The Present Agep. 219
Objective Knowledge and Sciencep. 222
Medicinep. 226
Authority and Establishmentp. 229
World Historyp. 232
Sociological and Cultural Analysisp. 235
Cheap Talk on a Grand Scalep. 237
Journalism and the Pressp. 241
Public Opinion and the Crowdp. 248
Advertising and Impression Managementp. 251
Politics, Revolution, and Reformp. 254
Equalityp. 261
Economicsp. 267
Psychological Analysisp. 271
Behavior Changep. 273
Anxiety, Guilt, and Boredomp. 277
Contradictions within Academiap. 283
Education and the Universitiesp. 285
Philosophical Systemsp. 290
Pure Thoughtp. 296
Doubtp. 300
Speculation and Idealismp. 305
Socratesp. 308
Teachingp. 313
How Comic Episodes Correlate with the Stagesp. 317
Bibliographyp. 323
Indexp. 329
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ISBN: 9780691020853
ISBN-10: 069102085X
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 352
Published: 26th July 2004
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 15.2  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.48