Ways of Dying: The Double Death in Kierkegaard and Blanchot

Cathrine Bjørnholt Michaelsen

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Abstract

Focusing mainly on Christian Discourses and the discourse “At a Graveside,” this paper seeks to unfold and discuss the various ways of dying depicted by Kierkegaard. By engaging Maurice Blanchot’s conception of a “double death,” I will argue that different relations to death are attributed to the pagan and to the believer. Special attention is drawn to the divergent temporalities that apparently define the possibilities and impossibilities of dying. This approach also involves an investigation of the “dispersion” and the “contemporaneity” pertaining to the dying pagan and the dying believer, respectively.
Original languageEnglish
JournalKierkegaard Studies Yearbook
Volume19
Pages (from-to)255–284
ISSN1430-5372
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2014
Externally publishedYes

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