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Errant Affirmations: On the Philosophical Meaning of Kierkegaard's Religious Discourses

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2018.07.20 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews David J. Kangas, Errant Affirmations: On the Philosophical Meaning of Kierkegaard's Religious Discourses, Bloomsbury, 2018, 198pp., $114.00, ISBN 9781350020054. Reviewed by Ada S. Jaarsma, Mount Royal University "Who would I show it to" -- W. S. Merwin, "Elegy"   This book recasts Søren Kierkegaard's religious discourses as compellingly, even startlingly, philosophical. Rather than a moral or a theological reading, David Kangas explains, he elaborates a "philosophical" reading, one that may well surprise us with the honed critique of idealism, as well as the overturning of ontotheology, that Kangas draws out of the discourses. Combining deft exegesis with incisive attention to the history of philosophy, it models an encounter with Kierkegaard's discourses that holds great significance for how to make sense of the critical, phenomenological and ultimately existential work performed by these. . .

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