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Palgrave Macmillan

Kierkegaard on the Philosophy of History

ISBN 9781137383273
Publication Date April 2014
Formats Hardcover Ebook (EPUB) Ebook (PDF) 
Publisher Palgrave Macmillan

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.

Georgios Patios is a former Lecturer in Philosophy at the Department of the Continuing Education of the University of Liverpool, UK.  He is currently researching on Kant's epistemology, Kierkegaard's and Nietzsche's Ethics.

Preface
Acknowledgments
List of Abbreviations
Introduction
1. Hegel's Philosophy of History
2. Kierkegaard's Concept of History
3. The Structure of the Kierkegaardian Self
4. Hegel's Philosophy of History and Kierkegaard's Concept of History: A Synthesis Instead of a Confrontation
5. Heidegger's Response to the Problem of History
Conclusion
Endnotes
Bibliography
Index

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