Chapter 1. Introduction: Reading Kierkegaard

  1. M. Jamie Ferreira

Published Online: 12 MAR 2009

DOI: 10.1002/9781444304657.ch1



How to Cite

Ferreira, M. J. (2008) Introduction: Reading Kierkegaard, in Kierkegaard, Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444304657.ch1

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 12 MAR 2009
  2. Published Print: 17 OCT 2008

Book Series:

  1. Blackwell Great Minds

Book Series Editors:

  1. Steven Nadler

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405142779

Online ISBN: 9781444304657



  • Kierkegaard - left behind a most unusual literary legacy;
  • Kierkegaard's thought, not by telling what he thought, but rather by showing how he thought;
  • his texts - as provocative performances or performative provocations;
  • reading Kierkegaard for passionate performances;
  • Kierkegaard's works - full of challenges, posed through satire, sarcasm, and humor, and passionate polemics;
  • best short “introduction to Kierkegaard” found in visual picture of his writings;
  • huge literature on “Kierkegaardian” themes like subjectivity, “leap” to faith, anxiety, the teleological suspension of the ethical;
  • dual strands of Kierkegaard's authorship – the signed and the pseudonymous


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • The Visual Introduction

  • The Contemporary Discussion – Kierkegaard the Writer