Infinite reduplication: Kierkegaard's negative concept of god

Peter Kline

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Given that Soren Kierkegaard claims that "God is infinite reduplication,"in what sense might it be said that he is an apophatic thinker? Insofar as he concerns himself with the finitude of the existing self his thought undoubtedly brims with themes that approach the apophatic: paradox,uncertainty, irony, silence, etc. Yet, for Kierkegaard, the finitude of the self arises only in and as a relation to infinitude, that is, to the eternal,to God. What is crucial, then, in any account of Kierkegaard's apophaticism, which constitutes the real force of his break with the Hegelian tradition, is an analysis of the sense in which God is infinite, or is the infinite.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationContemporary debates in negative theology and philosophy
EditorsNahum Brown, Aaron J. Simmons
Place of PublicationUnited Kingdom
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
Number of pages21
ISBN (Electronic)9783319659008
ISBN (Print)9783319658995
Publication statusPublished - 2017

Publication series

NamePalgrave Frontiers in Philosophy of Religion


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