Kierkegaard After the Genome

Science, Existence and Belief in This World

  • Ada S. Jaarsma

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
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  8. Back Matter
    Pages 223-227

About this book


This book brings Søren Kierkegaard’s nineteenth-century existentialist project into our contemporary age, applying his understanding of “freedom” and “despair” to science and science studies, queer, decolonial and critical race theory, and disability studies. The book draws out the materialist dimensions of belief, examining the existential dynamics of phenomena like placebos, epigenetics, pedagogy, and scientific inquiry itself. Each chapter dramatizes the ways in which abstractions like “race” or “genes” and even “belief” are sites of contested practices with pressing political significance. Focusing on the existential dangers posed by neo-liberal and finance capitalist systems, the book brings to life the resources for resistance found within science studies and critical approaches to race, secularity, and disability. Throughout the book, Kierkegaard becomes an ally with ecological and developmental evolutionary theorists, as well as with science studies, critical race, and crip theorists who foreground the relational and impassioned nature of existence. 


Existentialism Epigenetics Latour Deleuze decolonial

Authors and affiliations

  • Ada S. Jaarsma
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of HumanitiesMount Royal UniversityCalgaryCanada

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2017
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, Cham
  • eBook Packages Religion and Philosophy
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-57980-1
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-57981-8
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