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Kierkegaard: An Advanced Seminar in Absurdity

RELI 302
Spring 2015 not offered
Certificates: Social, Cultural, and Critical Theory

Throughout Kierkegaard's "pseudonymous authorship"--a set of books written by different characters he dreamed up to remove the burden of authorship from himself--we encounter the possibility that from the perspective of ethics, philosophy, and even religion, the truth will seem ridiculous. Truth, for these pseudonymous authors, takes the form of paradox, which reason and common sense can only call "absurd." Of course, it is no surprise that a paradox seems absurd; if it is not absurd, it is not a paradox. For the pseudonyms, it is therefore either the case (1) that truth is paradoxical, exceeding the realms of ordinary thinking and existing, or (2) that it is not. If it is not, then the absurd is simply absurd and both philosophy and religion are right to reject it. But if truth "is" paradoxical, then we are faced with the problem of thinking the unthinkable, communicating the incommunicable, and getting serious about absurdity. In this seminar, we will wrangle some of these pseudonyms' best-known, most exciting, and crankiest books, along with a few of Kierkegaard's signed, vitriolic attacks on the established church.
Credit: 1 Gen Ed Area Dept: HA RELI
Course Format: SeminarGrading Mode: Graded
Level: UGRD Prerequisites: None
Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (RELI)(STS)

Last Updated on JUN-15-2024
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