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Kierkegaard on Faith and the Self
Collected Essays

By C. Stephen Evans

Kierkegaard on Faith and the Self
Hardback, 402 pages $29.95
Published: 24th February 2006
ISBN: 9781932792355
Format: 9in x 6in

Paperback, 402 pages $29.95
Published: 1st November 2010
ISBN: 9781602583368
Format: 9in x 6in

Subjects: All Philosophy, All Religious Studies, All Theology

Kierkegaard on Faith and the Self represents a rich collection of studies that allow Søren Kierkegaard to speak directly to the questions of contemporary readers. Evans analyzes Kierkegaard as a philosopher, his perspectives on faith, reason, and epistemology, his ethics, and Kierkegaard’s view of the self. Evans makes a strong case that Kierkegaard has something crucial to say to the Christian church as a philosopher and something equally crucial to say to the philosophical world as a Christian believer.


A Note on Citations from Kierkegaard


Part I              Introduction

1  Kierkegaard as a Christian Thinker    

Part II             Kierkegaard the Philosopher

2  Realism and Anti-Realism in Kierkegaard’s Concluding Unscientific Postscript 

3  Kant and Kierkegaard on the Possibility of Metaphysics      

4  The Role of Irony in Kierkegaard’s Philosophical Fragments          

5  Kierkegaard’s View of Humor: Must Christians Always Be Solemn          

6  Mis-using Religious Language: Something about Kierkegaard and The Myth of God Incarnate    

Part III           Kierkegaard on Faith, Reason, and Reformed Epistemology

7  Is Kierkegaard an Irrationalist? Reason, Paradox, and Faith 

8  Apologetical Arguments in Philosophical Fragments 

9  The Relevance of Historical Evidence Christian Faith: A Critique of a Kierkegaardian View         

10  Kierkegaard and Plantinga on Belief in God: Subjectivity as the Ground of Properly Basic Beliefs    

11  Externalist Epistemology, Subjectivity, and Christian Knowledge: Plantinga and Kierkegaard            

Part IV           Kierkegaard on Ethics and Authority

12  Faith as the Telos of Morality: A Reading of Fear and Trembling     

13  A Kierkegaardian View of the Foundations of Morality       

14  Kierkegaard on Religious Authority: The Problem of the Criterion   

Part V             Kierkegaard on the Self: Philosophical Psychology

15  Who is the Other in The Sickness Unto Death? God and Human Relations in the Constitution of the Self 

16  Kierkegaard’s View of the Unconscious       

17  Does Kierkegaard Think Beliefs Can Be Directly Willed   

18  Where There’s a Will, There’s a Way: Kierkegaard’s Theory of Action        

Part VI           Conclusion

19  Where Can Kierkegaard Take Us?     


"[E]xcellent and well-written.... It is clear that Evans' love for Kierkegaard is driven by his conviction that Kierkegaard will help one become both a better philosopher and a better Christian. With this in mind, Evans exhorts his reader to pick up Kierkegaard for herself, to be troubled by Kierkegaard in a good way."

—Prespectives in Religious Studies (2011, 38:1)

A treasure trove from one of the world’s finest Kierkegaard scholars.  Fully sensitive to both the philosophical and theological dimensions of Kierkegaard’s thought, Evans makes connections one will not find elsewhere.  Like Kierkegaard’s own writing, these essays are at once conceptually rigorous and spiritually up-building.

—Merold Westphal, Distinguished Professor of Philosophy, Fordham University

This collection of nineteen essays by Steve Evans is a treasure trove of incisive analytic papers on topics ranging from Kierkegaard's approach to philosophy to an extended reformist reading that illuminates both Kierkegaard and Plantinga in addition to penetrating studies of Kierkegaard’s views of ethics, authority, and philosophical psychology.  An absolutely necessary volume for Kierkegaard scholars, it will prove quite important for others in adjacent philosophic disciplines.

Robert L. Perkins, Professor of Philosophy, Emeritus, at Stetson University and Editor, International Kierkegaard Commentary 

C. Stephen Evans is University Professor of Philosophy and Humanities, Baylor University and Professorial Fellow, Australian Catholic University. He is the author of more than sixteen books, including Kierkegaard's Ethic of Love (2004), Pocket Dictionary of Apologetics and Philosophy of Religion (2003), and The Historical Christ and the Jesus of Faith (1996).

Publication Details:

 Hardback , 402 pages
 9in x 6in

 Paperback , 402 pages
 9in x 6in

  PHI022000, REL067000, REL070000
 Baylor University Press

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