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AuthorMcCarthy, Vincent A. author
TitleThe Phenomenology of Moods in Kierkegaard [electronic resource] / by Vincent A. McCarthy
ImprintDordrecht : Springer Netherlands, 1978
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Descript 184 p. online resource


Kierkegaard himself hardly requires introduction, but his thought conยญ tinues to require explication due to its inherent complexity and its unusual method of presentation. Kierkegaard is deliberately un-systematic, anti-systematic, in the very age of the System. He made his point then, and it is not lost upon us today. But that must not deter us from assembling the fragments and viewing the whole. Kierkegaard's religious psychology in particular may finally have its impact and generate the discussion it deserves when its outlines and inter-locking elements are viewed together. Many approaches to his thought are possible, as a survey of the literature about him will readily reveal. ! The present study proceeds with the simple ambition of looking at Kierkegaard on his own terms, of thus putting aside biographical fascination or one's own personal religiยญ ous situation. I understand the temptation of both, and have seen the dangers realized in Kierkegaard scholarship. In English-language Kierยญ kegaard scholarship, we are now in a new phase, in which the entire corpus of Kierkegaard's authorship is at last viewed as a whole. We have passed the stages of "fad" and of under-formed. Almost all the corpus is available in English, or soon will be. Perhaps now Kierkegaard can be viewed, understood, and criticized dispassionately and objectively, not withstanding author Kierkegaard's personal horror of those adverbs. The present study hopes to make its contribution toward this goal


I. Irony -- A. Irony and the Concept in The Concept of Irony -- B. Irony as a Measurement and Tool in the Analysis of the Aesthetic Life-View -- II. Anxiety -- A. Anxiety in The Concept of Anxiety -- B. The Concept of Anxiety in Kierkegaardโ{128}{153}s Other Writings -- C. The Idea of Anxiety. The Experience and Structure of Anxiety -- D. Attitudes toward Anxiety -- E. Anxiety and the Aesthetic Life-View -- III. Melancholy -- A. The Term โ{128}{156}Melancholyโ{128}{157} -- B. Melancholy in Either/Or -- C. Melancholy in Repetition and Stages -- D. Towards a Concept of Melancholy -- IV. Despair -- A. Preliminary Considerations -- B. Despair in Either/Or -- C. Despair in The Sickness Unto Death -- D. The Idea of Despair -- E. Despair and the Aesthetic Life-View -- V. The Moods and Subjectivity of the Young Aesthete Johannes -- A. Johannesโ{128}{153} Irony -- B. His Anxiety -- C. His Melancholy -- D. His Despair -- E. Dialetic of Moods in Johannes -- VI. The Dialectic of Moods -- A. Defining โ{128}{156}Moodโ{128}{157} -- B. The Crisis-Sequence -- C. Interrelationships -- D. Function of Moods in Emerging Religious Subjectivity -- E. Moods and Life-Views -- VII. From Victim to Master of Moods: Towards the Christian Life-View -- A. Preliminary Considerations -- B. Life-View in From the Papers of One Still Living -- C. Life-View in The Book on Adler -- D. Life-View in Either/Or, Stages and the Postscript -- E. Life-View in the Papirer -- F. The Meaning of Life-View -- G. The Aesthetic Life-View Exposed -- Conclusion -- Selected Bibliography

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