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Kierkegaard Studies Yearbook

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

In cooperation with Sajda, Peter

1 Issue per year


CiteScore 2016: 0.05

SCImago Journal Rank (SJR) 2016: 0.105
Source Normalized Impact per Paper (SNIP) 2016: 0.283

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1612-9792
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Kierkegaard und das ‚jüdische Denken‘: Die Rezeption Sören Kierkegaards in der jüdischen Moderne im Kontext des Orientalismus

Joanna Nowotny
Published Online: 2016-07-27 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/kierke-2016-0114

Abstract

Starting after 1900, there was an intense and fruitful discussion of the philosophy and literature of the “Christian author” Kierkegaard amongst Jewish intellectuals in many different fields. This raises the question of why and in what way Kierkegaard’s work became particularly relevant in the context of Jewish Modernity. The paper outlines some ways in which Kierkegaard could be appropriated into Jewish thinking, paying particular attention to the discourse of Orientalism. By assimilating Kierkegaard’s thinking to orientalist notions of “Jewish thought” that were constructed in opposition to “Christian” or “Western” thought, writers like Martin Buber, Max Brod, Gershom Scholem or Lev Shestov see him as a mediator between Judaism and Christianity, or, in more extreme cases, explicitly claim him as “Jewish.” The Jewish reception of Kierkegaard therefore gives prime examples of how differences between “Jewish” and “Christian” thinking get constructed through debates concerned with identity.

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Published Online: 2016-07-27

Published in Print: 2016-07-25


Citation Information: Kierkegaard Studies Yearbook, ISSN (Online) 1612-9792, ISSN (Print) 1430-5372, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/kierke-2016-0114.

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