The Paradoxical Rationality of Søren Kierkegaard

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The Paradoxical Rationality of Søren Kierkegaard

By Richard McCombs

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Richard McCombs presents Søren Kierkegaard as an author who deliberately pretended to be irrational in many of his pseudonymous writings in order to provoke his readers to discover the hidden and paradoxical rationality of faith. Focusing on pseudonymous works by Johannes Climacus, McCombs interprets Kierkegaardian rationality as a striving to become a self consistently unified in all its dimensions: thinking, feeling, willing, acting, and communicating. McCombs argues that Kierkegaard's strategy of feigning irrationality is sometimes brilliantly instructive, but also partly misguided. This fresh reading of Kierkegaard addresses an essential problem in the philosophy of religion—the relation between faith and reason.

Subject: Social Sciences -> Philosophy -> Religious

The Paradoxical Rationality of Søren Kierkegaard
Publisher: Indiana University Press 3/4/13
Imprint: Indiana University Press
Language: English
Length: 264 pages

ISBN 10: 0253006570
ISBN 13: 9780253006578
Print ISBN: 9780253006479

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