Death

Stokes, Patrick 2013, Death, in The Oxford handbook of Kierkegaard, Oxford University Press, Oxford , England, pp.357-374.

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Title Death
Author(s) Stokes, Patrick
Title of book The Oxford handbook of Kierkegaard
Editor(s) Lippitt, John
Pattison, George
Publication date 2013
Series Oxford handbooks in religion and theology
Chapter number 19
Total chapters 29
Start page 357
End page 374
Total pages 18
Publisher Oxford University Press
Place of Publication Oxford , England
Keyword(s) Kierkegaard
death
subjectivity
Summary While death is a central topic from Kierkegaard's earliest journals to the last writings leading up to his 'martyrdom,' he treats death as essentially mysterious. In the Concluding Unscientific Postscript, Johannes Climacus insists that he has not understood death, while the discourse "At a Graveside" speaks of death as "undefinable" and a "riddle." Kierkegaard is also particularly averse to discussing the nature of the afterlife, leading some to claim he views the afterlife merely as a heuristic device for teaching the living to live well. However, Kierkegaard rejects neither the Christian doctrine of resurrection nor the notion of posthumous survival more broadly; rather, the essential moral meaning of death for the living has the interesting effect of making many ways of talking about death morally illegitimate
ISBN 9780199601301
Language eng
Field of Research 220311 Philosophical Psychology (incl Moral Psychology and Philosophy of Action)
220315 Philosophy of Religion
220209 History of Ideas
Socio Economic Objective 970122 Expanding Knowledge in Philosophy and Religious Studies
HERDC Research category B1 Book chapter
ERA Research output type B Book chapter
HERDC collection year 2013
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30050454

Document type: Book Chapter
Collection: School of Humanities and Social Sciences
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