Towards a Kierkegaardian Retreating of the Political

Mads Peter Karlsen

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The first section of this paper argues that we can find in Kierkegaard an idea of equality, epitomized in the notion of “the neighbor” presented in Works of Love, which is highly relevant for, among other things, a critical engagement with today’s “identity politics.” The second section argues that Kierkegaard’s idea of equality is a religious-existential task, but also a task concerning our relationship with other human beings. The third section demonstrates how this idea of equality is evinced in the notion of “the neighbor.” The last section offers some reflections on how we might begin to rethink the political based on this idea of equality.
Original languageEnglish
JournalKierkegaard Studies Yearbook
Issue number1
Pages (from-to)375-392
Number of pages18
Publication statusPublished - 2019

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