‘Interest’ in Kierkegaard’s structure of consciousness

Stokes, Patrick 2008, ‘Interest’ in Kierkegaard’s structure of consciousness, International philosophical quarterly, vol. 48, no. 4, pp. 438-458.

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Title ‘Interest’ in Kierkegaard’s structure of consciousness
Author(s) Stokes, PatrickORCID iD for Stokes, Patrick orcid.org/0000-0001-9574-6064
Journal name International philosophical quarterly
Volume number 48
Issue number 4
Start page 438
End page 458
Total pages 21
Publisher Philosophy Documentation Center
Place of publication New York, NY
Publication date 2008-12
ISSN 0019-0365
Keyword(s) Kierkegaard
Summary Kierkegaard’s identification of “consciousness” with “interest” (interesse) in his unfinished work Johannes Climacus adds a distinctive dimension to his phenomenology of subjectivity. Commentators, however, have largely identified interesse with lidenskab (“passion”), a conflation I argue to be mistaken, or have otherwise failed to note the structural implications of interesse for Kierkegaard’s account of cognition. I draw out these implications and argue that the Climacan account of interest as the experience of finding ourselves in-between ideality and reality implies, in the context of Kierkegaard’s trichotomous ontology of consciousness, a form of non-thetic self-referentiality built into cognition itself. This self-referentiality also has the intriguing implication of making consciousness itself inherently teleological.
Language eng
Field of Research 220311 Philosophical Psychology (incl Moral Psychology and Philosophy of Action)
220315 Philosophy of Religion
Socio Economic Objective 970122 Expanding Knowledge in Philosophy and Religious Studies
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30063328

Document type: Journal Article
Collection: School of Humanities and Social Sciences
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