Kierkegaard and His Contemporaries
The Culture of Golden Age Denmark
Ed. by Stewart, Jon
Series:Kierkegaard Studies. Monograph Series 10
Aims and Scope
Interpreting Kierkegaard in the general context of Golden Age Denmark, this interdisciplinary anthology features articles which treat his various relations to his most famous Danish contemporaries. It aims to see them not as minor figures laboring in Kierkegaard's shadow but rather as significant thinkers and artists in their own right. The articles illuminate both Kierkegaard's influence on his contemporaries and their varied influences on him. By means of the analyses of these various relations, aspects of Kierkegaard's authorship are brought into new and insightful perspectives. The featured essays treat some of the most important figures from the time, representing the fields of philosophy, theology, literature, criticism and art.
"Kierkegaard and His Contemporaries is as a whole a most welcome contribution to the continuing effort of a part of many scholars to offer accounts of the cultural and intellectual milieu in which Kierkegaard worked that will provide a surer foundation for understanding his works in terms of the norms and expectations of his time. The volume is clearly based on the assumption that a rounded, textured, and subtly nuanced contextualization will contribute significantly to the understanding of his works."
Steven P. Sondrup in: Scandinavian Studies 2005