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10 Pages

The Kierkegaardian Self: Convergences and Divergences

WithJack Mulder

In this chapter I examine the concept of the human self in Kierkegaard's writings, chiefly the one given in pseudonym Anti-Climacus’ text The Sickness unto Death. This unique concept allows Kierkegaard to be in dialogue, simultaneously and in varying ways, with a range of figures from the philosophical and Christian theological traditions. In particular, I examine the Kierkegaardian self alongside thinkers such as St. Thomas Aquinas, John Locke, and St. John of the Cross, ultimately arguing that Anti-Climacus’ and Kierkegaard's account cannot be as easily separated from the mystical tradition as even Kierkegaard himself seems to think.