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  • Roe Fremstedal, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Trondheim

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Many of Søren Kierkegaard's most controversial and influential ideas are more relevant than ever to contemporary debates on ethics, philosophy of religion and selfhood. Kierkegaard develops an original argument according to which wholeheartedness requires both moral and religious commitment. In this book, Roe Fremstedal provides a compelling reconstruction of how Kierkegaard develops wholeheartedness in the context of his views on moral psychology, meta-ethics and the ethics of religious belief. He shows that Kierkegaard's influential account of despair, selfhood, ethics and religion belongs to a larger intellectual context in which German philosophers such as Kant and Fichte play crucial roles. Moreover, Fremstedal makes a solid case for the controversial claim that religion supports ethics, instead of contradicting it. His book offers a novel and comprehensive reading of Kierkegaard, drawing on important sources that are little known.


'Professor Fremstedal conducts a compelling reconstruction of how Kierkegaard develops wholeheartedness based on his views of moral psychology, metaethics, and the ethics of religious belief … This monograph provides unique understanding and reliable resources, tackling some controversial issues, and is a timely reference worthy of being read by researchers interested in the study of Kierkegaard and his outstanding cognitive philosophy on selfhood, ethics, and religion.'

Chuandai Qiao - Dialog A Journal of Theology

'While this book will serve as an indispensable resource for contemporary Kierkegaard scholarship, it also has something to offer for ongoing conversations about Kant, German Romanticism, Idealism, ethics, religious epistemology, and Kierkegaard's subsequent relevance to these areas. In this way, Fremstedal has done a tremendous service to Kierkegaard scholarship by re-presenting him as a figure worthy of immediate consideration across multiple subdisciplines of philosophical and theological inquiry and scholarship.'

Charles Duke Source: Journal for Continental Philosophy of Religion

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