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Anxiety and Secularization: Søren Kierkegaard and the Twentieth-Century Invention of Existentialism

Samuel Moyn

in Situating Existentialism: Key Texts in Context

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
November 2015
ISBN:
9780231147750
eISBN:
9780231519670
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
DOI:
10.7312/columbia/9780231147750.003.0010
Subject:
Philosophy, Metaphysics/Epistemology

This chapter examines the issue of canonization and how it intersects with the problem of secularization by focusing on the invention of Søren Kierkegaard as the forebear of existentialism. More ... More


Kierkegaard’s Diagnostics

Robyn Marasco

in The Highway of Despair: Critical Theory After Hegel

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
November 2015
ISBN:
9780231168663
eISBN:
9780231538893
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
DOI:
10.7312/columbia/9780231168663.003.0003
Subject:
Philosophy, Political Philosophy

This chapter discusses Søren Kierkegaard's philosophy as it relates to despair in relation to faith. Like so many of his contemporary critics, he believed that despair was the sickness of the age, ... More


Fear and Trembling and the Paradox of Christian Existentialism

George Pattison

in Situating Existentialism: Key Texts in Context

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
November 2015
ISBN:
9780231147750
eISBN:
9780231519670
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
DOI:
10.7312/columbia/9780231147750.003.0007
Subject:
Philosophy, Metaphysics/Epistemology

This chapter examines the paradox of Christian existentialism by tracing how a number of thinkers take on the troubling theme of “the exception,” which is entailed by Søren Kierkegaard’s argument in ... More


Situating Existentialism: Key Texts in Context

Robert Bernasconi and Jonathan Judaken (eds)

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
November 2015
ISBN:
9780231147750
eISBN:
9780231519670
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
DOI:
10.7312/columbia/9780231147750.001.0001
Subject:
Philosophy, Metaphysics/Epistemology

This book provides a history of the systemization and canonization of existentialism, a quintessentially antisystemic mode of thought. Situating existentialism within the history of ideas, it ... More


Punching Through the Pasteboard Masks: American Existentialism

George Cotkin

in Situating Existentialism: Key Texts in Context

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
November 2015
ISBN:
9780231147750
eISBN:
9780231519670
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
DOI:
10.7312/columbia/9780231147750.003.0004
Subject:
Philosophy, Metaphysics/Epistemology

This chapter examines how American intellectuals such as Norman Mailer critiqued the narrowness of the Protestant ethic and the spirit of capitalism in their existentially tinged works, often while ... More


“A Stranger in the World That He Himself Has Made”: The Concept and Phenomenon of Alienation

Rahel Jaeggi

in Alienation

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
November 2015
ISBN:
9780231151986
eISBN:
9780231537599
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
DOI:
10.7312/columbia/9780231151986.003.0001
Subject:
Philosophy, Metaphysics/Epistemology

This chapter describes the problems associating domain with the concept of alienation, with particular emphasis on the various dimensions of the concept and how alienation reveals itself both in ... More


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