Kierkegaard on the Philosophy of History

Kierkegaard on the Philosophy of History

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Kierkegaard is something more than a witty writer and a religious thinker. This book offers us Kierkegaard's approach to history. His views are quite original and authentic. History and Human Self are, for Kierkegaard, absolutely intertwined in a way that human individuals become the only historical agents while the future becomes the crucial historical dimension instead of the past. History, for Kierkegaard, means human decisions about the future instead of knowledge of the past. Kierkegaard's views on history are compared with those of Hegel's and Heidegger's in order: a) to establish the necessary philosophical context to Kierkegaard's thoughts and b) to point out the authenticity and the philosophical usefulness of the Kierkegaardian approach to history.(IPH, 22) For such a historian, though, the greatest danger is to write, instead of a history, a script full of a#39;subjective fanciesa#39; (IPH, 23). ... First of all, is not every general perspective, by definition, an abstract one? In other words, how can Hegel argue for both the concreteness and absoluteness of his philosophical history?

Title:Kierkegaard on the Philosophy of History
Author: Georgios Patios, Palgrave Connect (Online service)
Publisher:Palgrave Macmillan - 2014-04-17

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