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Kierkegaard: An Introduction Paperback – April 27, 2009

ISBN-13: 978-0521700412 ISBN-10: 0521700418 Edition: 1st

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  • Paperback: 222 pages
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press; 1 edition (April 27, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0521700418
  • ISBN-13: 978-0521700412
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 5.9 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,050,083 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"C. Stephen Evans has been established for decades as one of the most highly respected scholars of Kierkegaard's writings, and his newest book offers a concise introduction to Kierkegaard's thought, with particular attention to its significance for philosophy. ...a tribute to Kierkegaard's work."
- Rick Anthony Furtak, Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews


"....distinct but complimentary introduction[s] that open fruitful opportunities to engage many dimension of Kierkegaard's corpus.... excellent and well written...."
- Paul Martens, Baylor University, Perspectives in Religious Studies


"...structured thematically.... Evans's intention is to help a reader see the broad outlines of Kierkegaard's philosophical thought.... offers different ideas about the function of an introduction.... provide a means to begin to access this important thinker."
-Peder Jothen, St. Olaf College, Faith and Philosophy

Book Description

In this book, C. Stephen Evans provides a clear, readable introduction to Søren Kierkegaard (1813-55) as a philosopher and thinker. He brings Kierkegaard into conversation with western philosophers past and present, presenting him as one who gives powerful answers to the questions which philosophers ask.

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C Stephen Evans is a University Professor at Baylor University. He has published many books dealing with Kierkegaard, philosophy of religion, philosophy of psychology, and theology.

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38 of 38 people found the following review helpful By Fairweatherassult on February 22, 2010
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Not only is this book an extremely sensitive and informative introduction to Kierkegaard, the author has demonstrated how possible it can be for academic philosophers to write engaging, lucid prose that promotes accessibility to a wide variety of audiences. This is not to say that somehow the complexity of K's ideas have experienced narrative abbreviation, nor that the author has struck a 'Cliff Notes' version of the major works. Indeed, Evans makes it clear that he does not wish to provide yet another 'Kierkegaard for Dummies' type crib notes.

Instead, he leads us on a fascinating tour of Kierkegaard's thought through *concepts*. This is very useful, actually, because--rather than organising according to works--Evans can present a more holistic account of ideas, as they operate variously through K's texts. This provided a comprehensive overview, rather than meticulous close-ups, which is really what the goal of an introduction should be. Having been safely shown around by Evans' able care, one can then go on and concentrate wherever. Citations are linked to the major Danish edition, as well as the Hongs' English translation.

Most importantly, Evans is extremely readable: his accounts are always balanced, eschewing the kind of word-mongering that usually goes with the genre of philosophical discourse. Indeed, many of his asides and contemporary cultural references are most witty and insightful.

I congratulate the author for so admirably pulling off this accomplishment.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By David Bruce DeMers on September 28, 2013
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Dr Evans does a thorough job outlining and evaluating the major themes evident in the many and varied works of Soren Kierkegaard. Moreover, Dr. Evans makes it very clear that one cannot merely read Kierkegaard and glean an understanding. One needs to read, reflect, and apply to one's own life the subjects covered in order to have a complete appreciation for what Kierkegaard is conveying to both seculars and Christians in an ever more complex socio-religious societal framework. A must read for anyone wanting to begin and understanding of the brilliance found in kierkegaard's philosophy.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By GiovanniGF on August 13, 2013
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This introduction succeeds in making Kierkegaard's philosophy accessible to a general audience. Evans does a convincing job of placing Kierkegaard's oeuvre as firmly Christian and argues against readings of his works as post-modern (and particularly as relativist), and minimizes their connection to Sartrean existentialism, but still offers useful information on why those interpretations are possible.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Peter Piro on May 16, 2014
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For those seeking an introduction to Soren Kierkegaard, I suggest they might find a clearer outline of his works in the book titled Kierkegaard, An Introduction by C. Stephen Evens. Neither book seeks to be a Cliff Note version of Kierkegaard. My preference for Evans book may be the result of having also read his book Kierkegaard's Fragments and Postscript. The explanation of "inner-outer" is confusing in the Ferreira book. The appendix at the end of the the first chapter of the book by M. Jamie Ferreira is somewhat helpful.
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0 of 3 people found the following review helpful By ROGER PERRY on February 12, 2013
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I wanted an introduction to Kierkegaard before I started reading him and that is what I got. It's a bit hard to keep on with this book - he jumps about a bit and is sometimes repetitious.
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