A fractured dialectic
: Søren Kierkegaard between idealism and materialism

  • Michael Burns

    Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Philosophy


    This thesis aims to consider the contemporary relevance of the philosophical and religious project of Søren Kierkegaard by offering a systematic reading of his work against the backdrop of 19th century German idealism. Along with an emphasis on a systematic interpretation of a thinker usually considered to be wholly anti-systematic in aim and orientation, I also aim to show that through developing an ontological interpretation of the work of Kierkegaard the grounds are also created to develop a social and political interpretation of his work. Ultimately, I use the ontological and political reading of Kierkegaard developed in this work to not only show the relevance of this project to contemporary materialist philosophy, but equally to show how this version of Kierkegaard is capable of offering some crucial correctives to contemporary materialism
    Date of Award2013
    Original languageEnglish
    SupervisorTodd Mei (Supervisor) & Rachel Jones (Supervisor)


    • Kierkegaard
    • German Idealism
    • Materialism
    • Ontology
    • Political Philosophy
    • French Philosophy

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