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Ecstatic Subjectivity: Kierkegaard's Critiques and Appropriations of the Socratic

Mary‐Jane Rubenstein

in Literature and Theology

Volume 16, issue 4, pages 349-362
Published in print December 2002 | ISSN: 0269-1205
Published online December 2002 | e-ISSN: 1477-4623 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/litthe/16.4.349
Ecstatic Subjectivity: Kierkegaard's Critiques and Appropriations of the Socratic

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This essay argues against the received understanding of ‘inwardness’ in Kierkegaard, locating in his texts a primacy of relationality that destabilises any simple or self‐identical construal of selfhood. It attributes the possibility of ontological relationality in Kierkegaard to his rehabilitation of absolute difference in the face of a totalising ‘Hegelianism’, accomplished through a radical critique and a radical revival of Socratic methodologies. Engaging primarily with the (anti‐)Socratic moments of The Philosophical Fragments and The Concluding Unscientific Postscript, this essay traces the emergence of an irreducibly subjective subjectivity—an objectively incomprehensible selfhood that most fully finds itself outside itself.

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