Knights of Faith and Resignation
Reading Kierkegaard's Fear and Trembling
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Knights of Faith and Resignation brings out the richness of Kierkegaard's creative invention, the contemporary relevance of his contrasts between resignation and faith, and his probing conceptual analysis of aesthetic, moral, and religious psychology and life-perspectives. And in tracing Kierkegaard's analysis of objectivity, subjectivity, virtue ethics, passion, dilemmas, commitment, and self-reflection, Mooney brings out a striking convergence between Kierkegaard and analytic philosophy — the tradition of Socrates, Kant, and Wittgenstein, and its more contemporary practitioners, writers like Charles Taylor, Thomas Nagel, Stanley Cavell, Bernard Williams, and Harry Frankfurt.
Edward F. Mooney is Professor of Philosophy at Sonoma State University.
"Apart from the excellent style and clarity of exposition, what I like best about this book is the remarkable success with which the author probes a classically problematic text, and not only brings it into clear relation with Kierkegaard's other principal texts, but also relates its themes to those of current work in moral philosophy. The book evinces an impressive command of the relevant literature, both specifically Kierkegaardian and that pertaining to deep moral issues currently debated. " — Alastair Hannay, University of Oslo
"This is a wonderful book: insightful, reflective, profound. I would not have thought it possible for anyone to say anything truly original about Kierkegaard's most widely-read and familiar work. Nonetheless, Mooney succeeds beyond reasonable expectation. " — George R. Lucas, Jr. , Clemson University