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Kierkegaard and the Life of Faith: The Aesthetic, the Ethical and the Religious in Fear and Trembling,

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2017.09.14 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Jeffrey Hanson, Kierkegaard and the Life of Faith: The Aesthetic, the Ethical and the Religious in Fear and Trembling, Indiana University Press, 2017, 245pp., $60.00 (hbk), ISBN 9780253024701.   Reviewed by Ada S. Jaarsma, Mount Royal University Søren Kierkegaard’s writings, when taken as a coherent whole, asks interpreters to make sense of tensions between Kierkegaard’s pseudonymous authors. Pseudonyms might use the same term (“aesthetic,” for example, or “ethical”) but animate them from their own existential perspectives. An aesthete’s reflections on “the ethical,” for example, differ from an ethicist’s reflections, and it falls to the readers to resolve such discrepancies by anchoring interpretations in an overarching account of Kierkegaard’s project. In his lively exegetical treatment of Fear and Trembling, written by pseudonymous author Johannes de Silentio, Jeffrey Hanson offers an inventive anchor. . .

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