Kierkegaard's Relations to Hegel Reconsidered

Kierkegaard's Relations to Hegel Reconsidered

Kierkegaard's Relations to Hegel Reconsidered

Kierkegaard's Relations to Hegel Reconsidered

Synopsis

Jon Stewart's groundbreaking study is a major re-evaluation of the complex relationship between the philosophies of Kierkegaard and Hegel. Although the standard view on the subject is that Kierkegaard defined himself as explicitly anti-Hegelian (and viewed Hegel's philosophy with disdain), Jon Stewart demonstrates that Kierkegaard's criticism was not directed specifically to Hegel, but actually to some contemporary Danish Hegelians.

Excerpt

As an aid to the non-Danish reader, I have made it my practice to translate the titles of Danish books and articles in the body of my text and to give the original titles in footnotes. I have, however, allowed titles of works in the Danish secondary literature and Danish journal titles to stand in the original. German and French titles have been given in the original languages. All quotations from Hegel's primary texts are from those works given in the list of abbreviations. When referring to Kierkegaard's quotations of Hegel, I have usually chosen to cite from the standard translations of Hegel's writings instead of using Hong's translations of Kierkegaard's quotations.

Many of the Danish works used in this study, in both the primary and the secondary literature, have yet to be translated into English. Since this material is not accessible to the non-Danish reader, it would have been unreasonable simply to allude to it briefly in a footnote and leave it to the reader to do the follow-up work. Due to this I have found myself obliged to quote this material extensively. I have tried to integrate these quotations into my text as much as possible so that they do not make for onerous reading. All translations from these works are my own unless otherwise noted.

When possible, I have used as my main Danish text the new critical edition of Kierkegaard's works currently being produced by the Søren Kierkegaard Research Centre (i.e., Søren Kierkegaards Skrifter, edited by Niels Jørgen Cappelørn, Joakim Garff, Jette Knudsen, Johnny Kondrup and Alastair McKinnon, Copenhagen: Gad Publishers 1997–). in my work I have frequently used the philological account of the various texts and the Realkommentar, both of which are found in the volumes of commentary that accompany the text volumes of the edition. the use of this often new material has been a great benefit to this investigation, and I am indebted to my colleagues for it.

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