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Kierkegaard as Negative Theologian$
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David R. Law

Print publication date: 1993

Print ISBN-13: 9780198263364

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198263364.001.0001

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(p.71) 3 Epistemology
Kierkegaard as Negative Theologian


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This chapter examines Søren Kierkegaard's attempt to undermine epistemology and the certainty of knowledge. It explains the two forms of scepticism in Kierkegaard's thoughts. These are anthropological scepticism that arises from the position of the knower and ontological scepticism that arises from the nature of the object known. This chapter suggests that in order for Kierkegaard to protect the Christian faith and the integrity of the human being from various tendencies of epistemology he must be able to show that knowledge is not capable of bearing the weight that is often placed upon it and that the knower and the known are inextricably bound up with each other even in everyday realities.

Keywords:   Søren Kierkegaard, epistemology, knowledge, Christian faith, anthropological scepticism, ontological scepticism

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