Kierkegaard and Political Theory

Religion, Aesthetics, Politics and the Intervention of the Single Individual

Edited by Armen Avanessian and Sophie Wennerscheid

Kierkegaard and Political Theory

Edited by Armen Avanessian and Sophie Wennerscheid

Distributed for Museum Tusculanum Press

336 pages | 6 x 9
Paper $54.00 ISBN: 9788763541541 Published February 2015 NFS UK, IRELAND, AND SCANDINAVIA
Søren Kierkegaard’s radical protestant philosophy of the individual—in which a person’s leap of faith is favored over general ethics—has become a model for many contemporary political theorists. Thinkers such as Slavoj Žižek and Alain Badiou have drawn on its revolutionary spirit to position truth above the constraints of political systems. In Kierkegaard and Political Theory, contributors from a wide range of disciplines—including theology, sociology, philosophy, and aesthetics—examine just how crucial Kierkegaard’s anti-institutional thinking has been to such efforts and to modernity as a whole.
           
The contributors convincingly position Kierkegaard’s radical philosophy as a starting point for contemporary political theories. They show how he pioneered a modernity defined as an argument—an experience—of the impossibility of rationally comprehending a system of thinking. They show how religious and aesthetic experiences function as a response to this impossibility, how their coherence in politics must always be questioned, especially in history’s extreme example: totalitarianism. Engaging this and many other subjects, they provide a compelling new line in Kierkegaard studies that illuminates new contours of our political thought. 
Contents

ARMEN AVANESSIAN AND SOPHIE WENNERSCHEID

Introduction: Kierkegaard’s Intervention of the Single

Individual as Model for Political Theory and Practice Today?

HARALD STEFFES

An Apolitical Apostolic Genius? An Appraisal of Kierkegaard’s

Political Ethics and an Appreciation of His Adoption of Hamann’s Ideas

HANS STAUFFACHER

“No genius has an ‘in order to’”: Kierkegaard’s Reevaluation

of Genius and the Rejection of Philosophy as l’art pour l’art

SMAIL RAPIC

Choosing Oneself as a Process of Emancipation:

Kierkegaard and Habermas

MICHAEL TILLEY

Radical Individualism or Non-teleological Community:

Kierkegaard’s Precarious Understanding of Self and Other

DOMINIK FINKELDE

Excessive Subjectivity: The Paradox of Autonomy in Hegel and Kierkegaard

SOPHIE WENNERSCHEID

The Passage through Negativity, or From Self-Renunciation to

Revolution? Kierkegaard and Žižek on the Politics of the Impassioned Individual

LEO STAN

Political Gaps: Slavoj Žižek and Søren Kierkegaard

ARMEN AVANESSIAN

Anti-Ironic Politics? The Fundamentalisms of Søren Kierkegaard and Carl Schmitt

SIGI JÖTTKANDT

No Three without Two: Badiou with Lacan with Kierkegaard

JOHANNES THUMFART

Modern Life Is Repetition: Kierkegaard’s Category of Repetition in Kabbalah, Fashion and Marriage as a Negative Political Theology

Contributors

Index

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