Kierkegaard and the possibility of God

Course Dates: 08/06/19
Time: 10:30 - 16:30
Location: KS - Keeley Street
Tutor: John Goff

God forms an almost absent background to Kierkegaard’s philosophy. Does he – or any of us – need God in order to have faith?


What is the course about?

A philosophical examination as to whether God is necessary for a Kierkegaardian account of faith. Might an ‘existential’ understanding of religion replace belief in God with a faith in eternal being?

What will we cover?

• Kierkegaard’s account of despair in ‘The Sickness unto Death’ and its relation to his account of faith in ‘Fear and Trembling’.
• Kierkegaard’s conception of God and whether his philosophy really needs God at all.
• Might ‘eternity’ (or being as eternal) replace God?

What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...

Discuss whether Kierkegaard’s philosophy requires God.

What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?

No prior knowledge is assumed. A willingness to critically examine concepts and some basic familiarity with
discussion/debate, argument and evaluation will be beneficial.

How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?

The course will run in a seminar format with short slide presentation including Q&A and group discussion. No
outside work is required.

Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?

No special equipment is required, other than for note-taking as preferred.

When I've finished, what course can I do next?

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Book your place

Course Code: HP032

Sat, day, 08 Jun - 08 Jun '19

Duration: 1 session

Full fee: £49.00
Senior fee: £39.00
Concession: £25.00

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