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Existence, Subjectivity, Ethics. The Reception of Kierkegaard in German and French Phenomenology

(Original title: Existencia, subjektivita, etika. Reflexia Kierkegaarda v nemeckej a francúzskej fenomenológii)
Filozofia, 75 (2020), 5, 372-385.
Type of work: Articles
Publication language: Slovak

The paper represents a contribution to a broader discussion of the relation between the phenomenological and the existential tradition. It explores the reception of Kierkegaard’s philosophy in the writings of three phenomenological authors: M. Heidegger, E. Levinas and M. Henry. Their Kierkegaard reception is the most intensive among phenomenological thinkers and focuses largely on the issues of existence and subjectivity and their ethical-religious dimension. I analyze the main motifs of this reception and point out the overlaps, contradictions and tensions between the different interpretations of Kierkegaard’s ideas. I also suggest potential topics for future research.


Ethics, Existence, Phenomenology, Philosophy of existence, Subjectivity, Søren Kierkegaard

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