Kierkegaard and Hegelian Christianity

T.L.S. Sprigge

in The God of Metaphysics

Published in print April 2006 | ISBN: 9780199283040
Published online May 2006 | e-ISBN: 9780191603662 | DOI:
                   Kierkegaard and Hegelian Christianity

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This chapter discusses the position presented by Kierkegaard in his two related works: Philosophical Fragments and Concluding Unscientific Postscript, which were published under the pseudonym, Johannes Climacus. It is shown that in Fragments, Climacus merely tried out the idea of God incarnating himself to achieve mutual love with men in spite of their fallen state, but did not specify Christianity as proclaiming the realization of this idea. In Concluding Unscientific Postscript, the focus is more explicitly on Christianity. Kierkegaard’s most thorough discussion of ethics, Works of Love, is also examined, which emphasizes the need for Christians to grow out of worldly self-love and embrace a life of suffering.

Keywords: Kierkegaard; Philosophical Fragments; Concluding Unscientific Postscript; Christianity; Hegel; Works of Love

Chapter.  25227 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Religion

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