- Series: Modern European Philosophy
- Hardcover: 718 pages
- Publisher: Cambridge University Press (September 15, 2003)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0521828384
- ISBN-13: 978-0521828383
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.7 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 9 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,706,216 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Kierkegaard's Relations to Hegel Reconsidered (Modern European Philosophy)
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"...a major achievement in contemporary Kierkegaard scholarship...As Stewart points out, the relationship between Kierkegaard and Hegel has been a common topic of comment in general histories of nineteenth-century thought, and the book will therefore be of interest beyond the world of those taking or conducting courses in Kierkegaard's thought." George Pattison, King's College, Cambridge
Jon Stewart's groundbreaking study is a major re-evaluation of the complex relations between the philosophies of Kierkegaard and Hegel. The standard view on the subject is that Kierkegaard defined himself as explicitly anti-Hegalian, indeed that he viewed Hegel's philosophy with disdain. Jon Stewart shows convincingly that Kierkegaard's criticism was not of Hegel but of a number of contemporary Danish Hegelians. Scholars working in the tradition of Continental philosophy will find this an insightful and provocative book. It will also appeal to scholars in religious studies and the history of ideas.
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Actually, it is quite good. The dominant work on the subject is Kierkegaard's Relation to Hegel by Neils Thulstup Kierkegaard's relation to Hegel and Stewart spends a good number of pages dumping on it. The essential problem was that Kierkegaard was a hostage in the cold war. He was banned in the soviet union and devoured in the west. Why? Because Marx's dialectic is a adaptation of Hegel's and since, especially in his magnum opus, Concluding Unscientific PostscriptConcluding Unscientific Postscript to Philosophical Fragments, Volume 1 (Kierkegaard's Writings, Vol 12.1)Kierkegaard is extremely critical of Hegel (it also came out two years before the Communist Manifesto), the Communists took it for unscientific (it says so in the title) claptrap, while, in the west, it was seen as prophetic. It was actually neither and now that they have torn down that wall, we have a more sober assessment.
Stewart's assertion is that rather than the black and white interpretation of Thulstrup (Kierkegaard not only didn't like Hegel, he also didn't know Hegel, so when he attacks Hegel he repeats gossip he heard in the coffeehouses) Kierkegaard's dialogue with Hegel took on three phases 1) from his doctoral thesis Concept of Irony The Concept of Irony/Schelling Lecture Notes : Kierkegaard's Writings, Vol. 2 to Either/Or Either/Or : Part 1 Kierkegaard's WritingsEither/Or, Part II (Kierkegaard's Writings, Vol. 4)when Kierkegaard is actually quite the budding Hegelian 2)His little revolt when starts trashing everything Hegelian from Repetition/Fear and Trembling Fear and Trembling/Repetition : Kierkegaard's Writings, Vol. 6to the Concluding Postscript 3) the second half of his authorship where he loses interest in Hegel and goes his own way.
If this assessment sounds scarily -- well -- Hegelian,it also helps that Stewart claims that, with their manical focus on Hegel, the cold war generation ignored the contemporary Danish Hegelians who were, more often than not, the actual targets of Kierkegaard's ire and not Hegel himself. This means that instead of mining Hegel for quotes sort of like the point Kierkegaard was attacking we can actually look at where the bombs are dropping to see whether they hit or miss. A capital idea!
These are the promises and though I haven't gotten all the way through to see how he delivers the very idea that someone undertook a project like this is very heartening.
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More power to the people!
And the people who are leaving 1 star reviews to an innocent author because they are not intelligent enough to read a title should not be reading books.
There may be people starving in the streets in the U.S., but you'll never think the same way about Hegel's foundational starvation (Aushungerung) again!