How To Read Kierkegaard | Granta

  • Published: 05/02/2007
  • ISBN: 9781862079151
  • 131x30mm
  • 128 pages

How To Read Kierkegaard

John D. Caputo

Soren Kierkegaard is one of the prophets of the contemporary age, a man whose acute observations on life in nineteenth-century Copenhagen might have been written yesterday, whose work anticipated fundamental developments in psychoanalysis, philosophy, theology and the critique of mass culture by over a century. John Caputo offers a compelling account of Kierkegaard as a thinker of particular relevance in our postmodern times, who set off a revolution that numbers Martin Heidegger and Karl Barth among its heirs. His conceptions of truth as a self-transforming ‘deed’ and his haunting account of the ‘single individual’ seemed to have been written with us especially in mind. Extracts include Kierkegaard’s classic reading of the story of Abraham and Isaac, the jolting theory that truth is subjectivity and his ground-breaking analysis of the concept of anxiety.

These deceptively slim volumes really are a course in "How to Read", not "How to Pretend to Have Read''

John Banville, Irish Times

These books let you encounter thinkers eyeball to eyeball by analysing passages from their work

Terry Eagleton, New Statesman

Each author offers a smart take on how to approach reading his subject's works by providing historical and biographical detail, critical debate and sample excerpts of text

Sarah Sennott, Newsweek

The Author

John D. Caputo is the Thomas J. Watson Professor of Religion and Humanities at Syracuse University and a specialist in the interface between postmodern thought and contemporary religion. His newest books are The Weakness of God: A Theology of the Event and Augustine and Postmodernism. He is also the author of On Religion.

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