In this book renowned philosopher unpacks the writings of nineteenth-century thinker Sören Kierkegaard discusses biblical, Christian faith and its relation to reason.
Across five books—Fear and Trembling, Philosophical Fragments, Concluding Unscientific Postscript, Sickness Unto Death, and Practice in Christianity—and three pseudonyms, Kierkegaard sought to articulate a biblical concept of faith by approaching it from a variety of perspectives in relation to one another. Westphal offers a careful textual reading of these major discussions to present an overarching analysis of Kierkegaard’s conception of the true meaning of biblical faith.
Though Kierkegaard presents a complex picture of faith through his pseudonyms, Westphal argues that his perspective is a faithful and illuminating one, making claims that are important for philosophy of religion, for theology, and most of all for Christian life as it might be lived by faithful people.
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In this volume Merold Westphal illumines a central concept in Kierkegaard's pseudonymous writing—faith in all of its unique facets, their interrelation, and the broader philosophical and theological contexts out of which these ideas emerge and to which they continue to speak. Westphal clarifies and subsequently pushes forward a number of ongoing conversations in Kierkegaard scholarship yet also manages to invite the nonspecialist to hold up a mirror to critique and challenge his or her own trusting relation to God.
—Mark Tietjen, associate professor of philosophy and religion, University of West Georgia
Merold Westphal’s reputation as one of the most profound and lucid interpreters of Kierkegaard’s thought is further confirmed in this compelling and erudite book. . . . This work takes us right into the heart of a vision of Kierkegaard which is at once accessible and eloquent, scholarly and reflective, welcoming and challenging. A true companion to Kierkegaard's thought.
—Simon D. Podmore, lecturer in systematic theology, Liverpool Hope University
Merold Westphal is a distinguished professor of philosophy at Fordham University in Bronx, New York, where he has taught for more than 20 years. His many publications include Whose Community? Which Interpretation? Philosophical Hermeneutics for the Church, Christian Thought and Overcoming Onto-Theology.