By Kierkegaard, Søren; Kierkegaard, Sren; Buben, Adam; Stokes, Patrick; Kierkegaard, Søren

Few philosophers have committed such sustained, virtually obsessive recognition to the subject of dying as Søren Kierkegaard. Kierkegaard and loss of life brings jointly new paintings on Kierkegaard's multifaceted discussions of loss of life and offers an intensive advisor to the advance, in a variety of texts and contexts, of Kierkegaard’s principles referring to demise. Essays by way of a global crew of students take in crucial issues equivalent to death to the realm, dwelling dying, immortality, suicide, mortality and subjectivity, demise and the that means of lifestyles, remembrance of the useless, and the query of the afterlife. whereas bringing Kierkegaard's philosophy of loss of life into concentration, this quantity connects Kierkegaard with very important debates in modern philosophy.

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Mooney, On Søren Kierkegaard: Dialogue, Polemics, Lost Intimacy, 22and Time (Surrey: Ashgate, 2007). 23 11. This is among the topics of the seminal collection edited by John J. Daven24port and Anthony Rudd, Kierkegaard After MacIntyre: Essays on Freedom, Narrative, and Virtue (Chicago: Open Court, 2001). 25 12. , Jeff Malpas, “Death and the Unity of a Life,” in Death and Philosophy, 26 ed. Jeff Malpas and Robert C. Solomon, pp. 120–34 (London: Routledge, 1998). 27 13. Daniel W. Conway has recently argued that Kierkegaard overdraws (in 28instructive ways) the silence of the akedah narrative, for the Abraham presented 29in Genesis actually says far more than Johannes de silentio presents him as say30ing; see his “Abraham’s Final Word,” in Ethics, Love, and Faith in Kierkegaard, ed.

Despair is psychological pain and pain is necessarily felt, so 40 the idea of unconscious despair appears manifestly incoherent. Merold 41 Westphal nicely captures this view: 42 32 george connell The “customary” or “common” view assumes . . that I am the criterion of my own spiritual health. Despair is a psychic state just like the raw feelings that have become so prominent in recent philosophy of mind. For such states the difference between appearance and reality is inoperative. I cannot feel that I have a pain or an itch and then discover that I didn’t have one after all.

These six parallels between death and dying suffice to show that the metaphor of living death has a solid experiential basis. Death is not just a result that ensues upon the completion of the dying process; it encroaches upon life, making itself manifest in a variety of ways. While Tolstoy’s classic literary exploration of dying establishes the bona fides of the notion of living death, Kierkegaard uses the notion as a way to characterize despair. How apt is this use? Despair as Living Death While much of The Sickness unto Death shows a passion for taxonomy that seems more like Linnaeus than Kierkegaard, “Part One, A: Despair Is the Sickness unto Death” speaks of despair in an encompassing way.

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