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Kierkegaard

Kierkegaard(PHGA7159)
 
Spring2013
Instructor:JohnDavenport
OfficePhone:2775;Email:Davenport@fordham.edu
 
MainThemes.  ThisgraduateseminaronthethoughtofSørenKierkegaardwillfocusonmajor themesinhispseudonymousworks,withattentiontotwolatersignedworksaswell.Noprior knowledgeofKierkegaardisassumed,althoughstudentswithsomebackgroundinKierkegaardare welcome.Wewillconcentrateonunderstandingthedistinctionsandtransitionsbetweenthe “stages”ofexistencedefinedasaesthetic,ethical,andreligious(andthesubdivisionofreligiousfaith intotypesA&B);thesetransitionsinvolvedifficultquestionsinmoralpsychologyandethical theory.Whilefocuswillbeontheprimarytexts,wewilluseselectionsfrommajorsecondaryworks
tohelpusalongtheway(seeerespageforthiscourse–password:Davenport7159).Ourdiscussions willdrawsomelinksbetweenKierkegaardianthemesandideasinrecentanalyticphilosophyon
ethicsandmoralpsychology,includingcare,will,moralmotivation,andnarrativeunity;
metaethics,includingfreewill,groundsofnormativity;
–philosophyofreligion,includingagapiclove,alterity,opentheism,eschatology;
epistemology,includingintellectualvirtues,interested’understanding,coherentism.
 
However,studentsarenotnecessarilyexpectedtofocusontheseconnectionsintheirownwritten work.ApproachestoKierkgaardinformedbyrecentcontinentalthoughtwillbeequallywelcome.
 
Texts:(Required)
Kierkegaard,Either/OrVol.II,tr.Hongs(PrincetonUniversityPress,1987) Kierkegaard,FearandTrembling,tr.Hongs(PrincetonUniversityPress,1983) Kierkegaard,WorksofLove,tr.Hongs(PrincetonUniversityPress,1995) Kierkegaard,Two Ages,tr.Hongs(PrincetonUniversityPress,1978) Kierkegaard,SicknessUntoDeath,tr.Hongs(PrincetonUniversityPress,1980)
Otherarticlesandbookchapters,includingportionsoftheConcludingUnscientificPostscriptand TheConceptof Anxiety.IwillmaketheoriginalsavailableinthePhilosophyDept.loungeandon reserveinWalsh,andonERES.Eachstudentshouldmakehisorherowncopies.
 
Recommended  textsorderedbythebookstore:
MichelleKosch,FreedomandReasoninKant,Kierkegaard,andSchelling(Oxford2006);
HannayandMarino,eds.,TheCambridgeCompaniontoKierkegaard(CambridgeU.Press,1998) AlastairHannay,Kierkegaard(Routledge,1991)
SharonKrishek,KierkegaardonFaithandLove(CambridgeUniversityPress,2009) DavidRoberts,KierkegaardsAnalysisofRadicalEvil(Continuum2006)
 
ScheduleforReadingsandDiscussionTopics(secondarysourceswillbeaddedinfullsyllabus)
 
Week1:TheAesthetic.Either/OrVol.Iselections(originalinlounge)
(1)  Introductiontocoursethemes;problemsofpseudonymityandchargesofirrationalism(2)  TheRotationofCrops”(pp.285-300)


(3)  TheSeducer’sDiary(pp.301-17;410-445)
 
Week2:TheRelationbetweentheAestheticandtheEthical:Either/OrVol.II
(1)  TheEstheticValidityofMarriage,”pp.5-39;pp.134-154.
(2)  BeginTheBalanceBetweentheAestheticandtheEthical,”p.157on.
 
Week3:TheEthical:Either/OrVol.II,PartIIontheChoicetobeanAuthenticChooser
(1)  TheBalanceBetweentheAestheticandtheEthical,”pp.157-201;pp.240-265. (2)  TheNarrativereadingofPracticalIdentityinKierkegaardandthestagetransition
 
Week4:FreeWillandtheAesthetic-Ethicaltransition.
(1)  TheConceptof Anxiety,firstpart:freewillandsin;linkstoEither/OrII
 
Week5:PublicEverydayness astheAesthetic(andWantoness). (1)  ThePresentAge,”inTwoAges:linkstoEither/OrIIagain
(2)  HarryFrankfurtonwantonness,bullshit;”GabrielleTayloronacediaandexistentialboredom
 
Week6:TransitiontotheReligious
(1)  FearandTrembling,beginningthroughProblemaI: eschatologicalreadings.
 
Week7:TheReligiouscontinued
(1)  FearandTremblingcontinuedthroughProblemaIII; (2)  ComparisontotheStoryofJobinRepetition
 
Week8:ThePostscriptandsubjectivity,knowledge,interestedness; (1)  ConcludingUnscientificPostscript,selections
 
Week9:ThePostscript:religiousness B
(1)  ConcludingUnscientificPostscript,selectionscontinued:eschatologicalinterpretationagain
 
Week10:Allthecategories fromtheperspectiveof ChristianFaith
(1)  TheSicknessUntoDeath–theself-formulaandspiritasfreeprojectivewill
 
Week11:TheSicknessUntoDeathcontinued
(1)  theformsofaestheticismagain;radicalevildistinguished
 
Week12:FaithandAgapicEthics
(1)WorksofLoveselections.
 
Week13:Agapeandotherforms of love
(1)WorksofLovecontinued
(2)TheFerreira-Krishekdebate;Lippittsresponseonbehalfofagapicself-love
 
Week14:overflow;anyfinalstudentoralreports.

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