Upcoming Session - Kierkegaard Circle


The Ethical Necessity of Politics: Why Kierkegaard Should Have Been a Marxist

Session Synopsis


Jamie Aroosi
Senior Research Fellow Hong Kierkegaard Library St. Olaf College.


Friday, November 2, 2018 7:15 pm - 10:00 pm


Combnation Room
Trinity College, Univ. Of Toronto
6 Hoskin Avenue, Toronto


Professor Abrahim H. Khan
Trinity College
Tel. 416 978-3039 (O), 416 978-2133(off. asst)

Jamie Aroosi (University of Toronto, B.A.; York University, M.A.; The Graduate Center, CUNY, M.Phil., PhD.) is a political theorist. He maintains an interest in philosophical anthropology and moral psychology, and explores foundational questions about the nature of the self and how it develops into a moral and political agent. He has published widely in the area and has a forthcoming book, The Dialectical Self: Kierkegaard, Marx, and the Making of the Modern Subject (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2018


When it comes to drawing Kierkegaard into the political sphere, opinions tend to oscillate between viewing Kierkegaard as either apolitical or a political conservative. Textual evidence seems to support this, given Kierkegaard's own criticisms of the progressive politics of his day. However, while Kierkegaard's insights into subjective questions remains profound, his own thoughts on politics were strikingly superficial, and represent a failure to extend the consequences of his own thought into the world of politics. Therefore, the purpose of this talk will be to demonstrate that rather than an apolitical or conservative approach to politics, Kierkegaard's thought naturally and necessarily leads to the political analysis of his contemporary post-Hegelian, Karl Marx. In other words, had Kierkegaard properly recognized the consequences of his own thought, he would have been a Marxist.



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