Kierkegaard and Religion
Personality, Character, and Virtue
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- Author: Sylvia Walsh, Stetson University, Florida
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No thinker has reflected more deeply on the role of religion in human life than Søren Kierkegaard, who produced in little more than a decade an astonishing number of works devoted to an analysis of the kind of personality, character, and spiritual qualities needed to become an authentic human being or self. Understanding religion to consist essentially as an inward, passionate, personal relation to God or the eternal, Kierkegaard depicts the art of living religiously as a self through the creation of a kaleidoscope of poetic figures who exemplify the constituents of selfhood or the lack thereof. The present study seeks to bring Kierkegaard into conversation with contemporary empirical psychology and virtue ethics, highlighting spiritual dimensions of human existence in his thought that are inaccessible to empirical measurement, as well as challenging on religious grounds the claim that he is a virtue ethicist in continuity with the classical and medieval virtue tradition.Read more
- Explores and clarifies the concepts of personality, character, and virtue in Kierkegaard's thought
- Elucidates the dialectic of jest and earnestness, human agency and divine agency, human striving and grace in Kierkegaard's thought
- Relates Kierkegaard's concepts of personality, character, and virtue to alternative approaches in contemporary philosophy, theology, and empirical psychology
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'In this incredibly clear, sweepingly aware, and compellingly argued book, Walsh presents Kierkegaard as being most radical when at his most religious, and at his most empirically relevant when at his most existentially concerned. Although this book is primarily written for a scholarly audience, the Kierkegaard that Sylvia Walsh presents is someone that I hope all my students get to meet. And since I get to decide what goes on the syllabus, I will make sure that they do.' J. Aaron Simmons, Reading Religion
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- Date Published: April 2018
- format: Adobe eBook Reader
- isbn: 9781316853146
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Table of Contents
1. The constituents of personality
2. Portraits of character
3. Character and virtue
4. Existence as a time of testing
5. The content and formation of Christian character
6. Progress and sanctification in the Christian life.
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