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The Task of Hope in Kierkegaard

Mark Bernier


The role and importance of hope in Kierkegaard’s work has received almost no attention. One typically sees hope mentioned only in passing, related to central Kierkegaardian themes—as a mere description of faith, or as a way to illustrate what is lost in certain forms of despair. Rarely does one see hope discussed on its own terms, as having its own place in Kierkegaard’s thought. This is a significant oversight. What this study explores is the place of hope in some of Kierkegaard’s most important themes: despair, faith, and the self. It is shown that these core elements are connected through a ... More

Keywords: Kierkegaard, hope, faith, despair, self, task

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780198747888
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2015 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198747888.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Mark Bernier, author
Research Associate, University of California, Irvine