Søren Kierkegaard (1813-1855) remains one of the most enigmatic, captivating, and elusive thinkers in the history of European thought.

The Kierkegaardian Mind provides a comprehensive survey of his work, not only placing it in its historical context but also exploring its contemporary significance. Comprising thirty-eight chapters by a team of international contributors, this handbook is divided into eight parts covering the following themes:

  • Methodology
  • Ethics
  • Aesthetics
  • Philosophy of Religion and Theology
  • Philosophy of Mind
  • Anthropology
  • Epistemology
  • Politics.

Essential reading for students and researchers in philosophy, Kierkegaard’s work is central to the study of political philosophy, literature, existentialist thought, and theology.

chapter |14 pages

Introduction: Kierkegaard's Life, Context, and Legacy

ByAdam Buben, Eleanor Helms, Patrick Stokes

part 1|49 pages


chapter 1|11 pages

The Passion of Kierkegaard's Existential Method

ByLee C. Barrett

chapter 3|13 pages

Kierkegaard's Experimenting Psychology

ByWilliam McDonald

chapter 4|12 pages

Methodology and the Kierkegaardian Mind

ByJamie Turnbull

part 2|68 pages


chapter 5|11 pages

Ethical Reflection as Evasion

ByRob Compaijen, Pieter Vos

chapter 6|11 pages

Kierkegaard on Moral Particularism and Exemplarism

ByKarl Aho

chapter 7|11 pages

Beyond Worry? On Learning Humility from the Lilies and the Birds

ByJohn Lippitt

part 3|55 pages


chapter 11|10 pages

The Ethical Life of Aesthetes

ByUlrika Carlsson

chapter 12|11 pages

Kierkegaard on Nature and Natural Beauty

ByAnthony Rudd

chapter 13|10 pages

Kierkegaard's Transfigurations of the Sublime

BySamuel Cuff Snow

chapter 14|11 pages

Kierkegaard on the value of Art: An Indirect Method of Communication

ByAntony Aumann

chapter 15|11 pages

Deleuze on Kierkegaard

ByAndrew Jampol-Petzinger

part 4|77 pages

Philosophy of religion and theology

chapter 16|12 pages

Kierkegaard's Existential Mimesis

ByWojciech Kaftanski

chapter 17|12 pages

Becoming a Subject: Kierkegaard's Theological Art of Existence

ByPeder Jothen

chapter 18|12 pages

Engendering Atonement: Kierkegaard on the Cross

ByDeidre Nicole Green

chapter 19|12 pages

On Faith and Reason(s): Kierkegaard's Logic of Conviction

ByK. Brian Söderquist

chapter 20|15 pages

Coming to an Understanding with the Paradox

ByMark A. Wrathall

part 5|50 pages

Philosophy of mind

chapter 22|12 pages

Consciousness, Self, and Reflection

ByPatrick Stokes

chapter 24|12 pages

Imagination and Belief

ByEleanor Helms

chapter 25|12 pages

Agency, Identity, and Alienation in the Sickness Unto Death

ByJustin F. White

part 6|45 pages


chapter 26|12 pages

Kierkegaard's Post-Kantian Approach to Anthropology and Selfhood

ByRoe Fremstedal

chapter 27|10 pages

Images of the Closed Self in the Sickness Unto Death

ByAnna Louise Strelis Söderquist

chapter 28|10 pages

The Kierkegaardian Self: Convergences and Divergences

ByJack Mulder

chapter 29|11 pages

Kierkegaard and the Desirability of Immortality

ByAdam Buben

part 7|58 pages


chapter 31|10 pages

Varieties of Existential Uncertainty

ByRick Anthony Furtak

chapter 32|11 pages

Irony and the Conversion Experience

ByWalter Wietzke

chapter 33|12 pages

Logic, Language, and Existential Knowledge

ByMélissa Fox-Muraton

part 8|47 pages


chapter 35|12 pages

Lukács, Kierkegaard, Marx, and the Political

ByAlison Assiter

chapter 36|11 pages

Kierkegaard: The Dialectical Self and the Political

ByShoni Rancher

chapter 37|11 pages

Kierkegaard, Hegel, and Augustine on Love

ByThomas J. Millay