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Harry A. Nielsen, Where The Passion Is: A Reading of Kierkegaard's "Philosophical Fragments"

Harry A. Nielsen focuses on the goal of parsing out the particular nature of Christianity as it is communicated to philosophers as something that breaks apart the philosophical framework. With a keen analytic voice, Nielsen's Where the Passion Is provides a deep and intense reading of Kierkegaard's Philosophical Fragments. Though originally a work comparing Fragments to Immanuel Kant's Religion Within the Limits of Reason Alone, Nielsen's work developed into a deeply probing analysis of the first work of Johannes Climacus; Nielsen never waivers from Fragments being a work by Johannes Climacus. Though the work was originally planned as a comparison of Kant's reason-focused conception of religion with the radically different faith of Climacus, Nielsen chose instead solely to focus on Climacus' account of religion. In limiting his scope, Nielsen focuses on making Climacus' censuring of philosophers for trying to limit Christianity to reason. Nielsen's examination of Fragments is intense and deeply sympathetic.