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Kierkegaard Studies Yearbook

Ed. by Schulz, Heiko / Stewart, Jon / Verstrynge, Karl

In cooperation with Sajda, Peter


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Kierkegaard’s Aesthetics and the Aesthetic of Imitation

Wojciech Kaftański
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Published Online: 2014-06-21 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/kierke-2014-0105

Abstract

This paper challenges the general approach to Kierkegaard’s engagement with imitation, which privileges a strictly religious reading. Heretofore imitation has been apprehended as a coherent concept shaped within the context of imitatio Christi in the devotio moderna. I locate Kierkegaard’s writings in the broader context of mimesis. Analyzing particular mimetic structures woven into the text, I show that a plurality of imitative models that are different from Christ occurs therein. Addressing the distinction between the religious and the aesthetic in Kierkegaard, I inquire into the status of these imitative models. Referring to the term “Mellembestemmelserne” and “ekphrasis”-the rhetorical device of aesthetics-I show that the other models of imitation exhibit supportive roles to the highest type of prototype (Christ) and therefore question the solely religious rendering of mimesis and the aesthetic confines of Kierkegaard’s concept of aesthetics

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Published Online: 2014-06-21

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Citation Information: Kierkegaard Studies Yearbook, Volume 19, Issue 1, Pages 111–134, ISSN (Online) 1612-9792, ISSN (Print) 1430-5372, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/kierke-2014-0105.

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