Article Title

Kierkegaard’s Case for the Irrelevance of Philosophy

Journal Title/Source

Continental Philosophy Review

Publication Date

2009

Volume

42

Issue (if applicable)

2

Page Numbers

221-48

DOI (if applicable)

10.1007/s11007-009-9104-2

Document Type

Journal Article

Department

Philosophy

Abstract

This paper provides an account of Kierkegaard’s central criticism of the Danish Hegelians. Contrary to recent scholarship, it is argued that this criticism has a substantive theoretical basis and is not merely personal or ad hominem in nature. In particular, Kierkegaard is seen as criticizing the Hegelians for endorsing an unacceptable form of intellectual elitism, one that gives them pride of place in the realm of religion by dint of their philosophical knowledge. A problem arises, however, because this criticism threatens to apply to Kierkegaard himself. It is shown that Kierkegaard manages to escape this problem by virtue of the humorous aspect of his work.