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Kierkegaard and Political Theory
Author: Sophie Wennerscheid

ISBN: 9788763541541
Format: Paperback
Number Of Pages: 262
Published: 17 December 2014
Country of Publication: DK
Dimensions (cm): 23.0 x 15.0 x 2.54

The Danish philosopher Soren Kierkegaard's radical Protestant philosophy of the individual, in which his leap of faith acts to the exclusion of a general conception of ethics, has become a model often quoted in contemporary philosophies of the political subject. Particularly thinkers such as Slavoj iek and Alain Badiou have tried to mobilize the intrinsically revolutionary implications of Christianity. Here, all constraints of the system are ignored and an "event of truth" without rational foundation is adopted in its place.

Kierkegaard and Political Theory examines how far Kierkegaard's anti-institutional practice of a conceived idea pioneers a modernity defined as an argument, indeed as an experience, of the impossibility of rationally comprehending a system of thinking. Since religious and aesthetic experience functions as an experience of this impossibility, the coherence of the aesthetic and the religious and the resulting political dimension of this coherence have to be questioned.

The intention of the volume is to demonstrate, on the on...

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