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Reading Kierkegaard: To Keep Intact the Secret

Kevin Newmark

in Irony on Occasion

Published by Fordham University Press

Published in print May 2012 | ISBN: 9780823240128
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780823240166 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5422/fordham/9780823240128.003.0005
Reading Kierkegaard: To Keep Intact the Secret

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One of the most innovative and productive readings of Kierkegaard in the 20th century is offered by Sylviane Agacinski in Aparté. How and why has this book remained separate, apart from the mainstream of Kierkegaard studies? What is the hidden place of Maurice Blanchot within Agacinski's readings of Kierkegaard? What is the relation between Aparté and work Agacinski has done on Kierkegaard since? This chapter responds by noting a discrepancy within Kierkegaard's writings between their meaning and their mode of meaning. The discrepancy results from the function of the image and its relation to all philosophical conceptualization, for instance, as it is enacted in Either/Or. To the degree that the image remains recalcitrant to philosophical thematization it repeats itself everywhere in Kierkegaard's writing in the mode of a secret. Up to a point, Agacinski's reading of Kierkegaard shares this secret. That point—finitude—reaches its limit when she re-encounters Abraham and his faith for the last time.

Keywords: Kierkegaard; Sylviane Agacinski; Maurice Blanchot; Image; Either/Or; Secret; Repetition; Abraham; Faith; Finitude

Chapter.  11558 words. 

Subjects: Literary Theory and Cultural Studies

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