'Kierkegaard's Criticism of Abstraction' is topic of philosophy colloquium Dec. 5
Dr. Jon Stewart of the Søren Kierkegaard Research Centre at the University of Copenhagen will speak at a philosophy colloquium from noon to 1 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 5, in 3M Auditorium, Room 15o, Owens Science Hall. His topic will be "Kierkegaard's Criticism of Abstraction."
"One of Kierkegaard's best-known criticisms of Hegel and idealist philosophy," says Stewart, "is that it is overly abstract and fails to take into account the realm of actuality and existence. As a positive doctrine intended to overcome the problem of abstraction, Kierkegaard presents a handful of concepts, including appropriation.
"In this paper, I will explore both Kierkegaard's negative criticism and his positive proposal. I will argue that he ultimately fails to offer a philosophically satisfying solution with the doctrine of appropriation, although it may well be adequate at a personal level for the individual Christian, who is Kierkegaard's intended reader."
This event is part of the Philosophy Colloquium Series.
For more information, call Dr. Steve Laumakis, (651) 962-5363.