Building up love’s ruins
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Throughout this study I have claimed that, despite what many philosophical readers experience as the disincentive constituted by their religious character, the upbuilding discourses can contribute to a philosophically oriented reading of Kierkegaard. Nor, I have suggested, need this be at the cost of the discourses’ religious message, as when they are read for their anthropological content while leaving out their theological conclusions. In terms of both content and form they are religious works: ‘edifying talks’. But if my general approach is thus far inclusive, it would seem that there are certain kinds of interpretative approaches that are going to be simply irrelevant and that may even need to be resisted if the possibility of a genuinely philosophical reading is what is being sought. Foremost among these – precisely because it is an approach that has had such a powerful influence on the history of Kierkegaard reception – is that of biography or, as is so often the case with Kierkegaard, psycho-biography.