The Place of the World in Kierkegaard’s Ethics

  • M. G. Piety


The decline of Marxism has left an ideological vacuum in Eastern Europe and many scholars in this part of the world have begun to turn to Kierkegaard for insights into the nature of genuine community or of the role of the individual in society. This move may seem odd to those who view Kierkegaard as the father of twentieth-century existentialism. Fortunately, however, existentialism is just as dead as Marxism and so are many of the other ‘-isms’ (e.g. positivism, Freudianism, structuralism) that define what has come to be known as ‘modernity’. This means that the task of identifying the social and political significance of Kierkegaard’s thought has become less problematic than it was when interpretations of Kierkegaard were so often laden with anachronistic existentialist ideas.


Religious Knowledge Genuine Community Prefer Translation Ethical Prescription Ethical Reality 
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