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Subjectivity and Ambiguity: Anxiety and Love in Kierkegaard

Amanda Houmark


This paper seeks to emphasize the connection between the concepts of anxiety and love as central phenomena in both Kierkegaard’s anthropology and ethics. Through the analysis of these two concepts, which Kierkegaard says “to be in the ground of man,” this paper argues that love or purity of heart should not be seen as an alternative or solution to anxiety or ambiguity. Instead, it suggests that understanding the two concepts jointly unveils how the single individual in subjectivity is in a constant flux between entangling oneself in a self-enclosed reserve on the one hand and opening up to the risks of being on 70,000 fathoms of water and yet being joyful on the other hand.

This article is a revised version of SKC Project Seminar paper “Subjectivity is the Problem: Love and Anxiety in Kierkegaard” presented on September 29th 2017 (Søren Kierkegaard Research Centre, University of Copenhagen).

Online erschienen: 2018-07-26

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