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The Cultural Crisis of the Danish Golden Age

Heiberg, Martensen, and Kierkegaard

The Danish Golden Age of the first half of the nineteenth century endured in the midst of a number of different kinds of crises—political, economic, and cultural. The many changes of the period made it a dynamic time, one in which artists, poets, philosophers, and religious thinkers were constantly reassessing their place in society. This book traces the different aspects of the cultural crisis of the period through a series of case studies of key figures, including Johan Ludvig Heiberg, Hans Lassen Matensen, and Søren Kierkegaard. Far from just a historical analysis, however, the book shows that many of the key questions that Danish society wrestled with during the Golden Age remain strikingly familiar today.

337 pages | 15 halftones | 5 1/2 x 9 | © 2015

Danish Golden Age Studies

Culture Studies

History: European History

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Table of Contents

Abbreviations of Primary Texts

Chapter 1. Quellenforschung and Kierkegaard’s Relation to Hegel: Some Methodological Considerations
1. Kierkegaard’s Critique of Universal Doubt: Martensen
2. Actuality in the Introduction to The Concept of Anxiety: Adler
3. References to the System in Prefaces: Heiberg
4. References to World History in the Concluding Unscientific Postscript: Grundtvig
5. Methodological Reflections

Chapter 2. Johan Ludvig Heiberg: Hegel’s Danish Apologist
1. Heiberg’s Life
2. Heiberg’s Philosophical Works
     A. On Human Freedom and Der Zufall
     B. Outline of the Philosophy of Philosophy or Speculative Logic
     C. On the Significance of Philosophy for the Present Age
     D. Introductory Lecture to the Logic Course
     E. The First Volume of Perseus, Journal for the Speculative Idea
     F. The Second Volume of Perseus, Journal for the Speculative Idea
     G. Heiberg’s Article on the Law of Excluded Middle
     H. “Autobiographical Fragments”
     I. Heiberg’s Discussions of Either/Or and Repetition
3. Heiberg and Kierkegaard: A General Assessment

Chapter 3. The Finite and the Infinite: Heiberg’s Enigmatic Relation to Hegel
1. Heiberg’s “Demon of Distraction”
2. Heiberg’s Disdain for the Finite
3. Hegel’s Philosophy: The Infinite in the Finite
     A. Heiberg’s “Life and Death”
     B. Heiberg’s “A Few Words about the Infinite”
     C. Heiberg’s On the Significance of Philosophy 

Chapter 4. Speculative Drama and the Crisis of the Age: Martensen’s Analysis of Fata Morgana
1. Møller’s Criticism
2. Martensen’s Anticipation of Fata Morgana
3. Martensen’s Review of Fata Morgana
4. Critical Evaluation

Chapter 5. Heiberg’s Hegelian Poems: “Divine Service” and “Protestantism in Nature”
1. “Divine Service”
2. “Protestantism in Nature”
3. Critical Evaluation

Chapter 6. Kierkegaard’s Claim about the Relation between Philosophy and Christianity in the Journal AA
1. Hegel’s View: The Conceptual Identity of Christianity and Speculative Philosophy
2. Heiberg’s Hegelian View
3. The Critical Responses to Heiberg
4. Schleiermacher’s View: The Distinction between Philosophy and Religion
5. Sibbern’s Reception of Schleiermacher
6. Kierkegaard’s View
7. Later Developments of the Discussion

Chapter 7. Hegel’s Historical Methodology in The Concept of Irony 
1. Hegel’s Introduction
2. Kierkegaard’s Introduction to The Concept of Irony
     A. The First Metaphor: History as a Woman and Philosophy as a Knight
     B. The Second Metaphor: History as a Penitent and Philosophy as a Confessor
     C. Kierkegaard’s Hegelian Plea for a Balance between Philosophy and History
     D. Kierkegaard’s Caveat about Socrates as a Special Case
3. Kierkegaard’s Employment of the Method

Chapter 8. Heiberg’s Speculative Poetry as a Model for Kierkegaard’s Concept of Controlled Irony
1. Heiberg’s and Kierkegaard’s Analyses of the Crisis of the Age
2. Poetry and Philosophy in “Controlled Irony”
3. The Categories of Logic and “Controlled Irony”
4. History, Appropriation and “Controlled Irony”

Chapter 9. Kierkegaard’s Enigmatic Reference to Martensen in The Concept of Irony
1. Martensen Prior to the Review of New Poems
2. Martensen’s Review of New Poems
3. Kierkegaard’s Reference to Martensen’s Review of New Poems

Chapter 10. Hegel, Kierkegaard and the Danish Debate about Mediation
1. Hegel’s Criticism of the Laws of Classical Logic
     A. The Law of Identity
     B. The Law of Contradiction
     C. The Law of Excluded Middle
2. The Danish Debate about the Laws of Classical Logic
3. Kierkegaard and the Criticism of Speculative Mediation
4. Kierkegaard’s Speculative Use of Concepts

Chapter 11. Eggert Christopher Tryde: A Mediator of Christianity and a Representative of the Official Christendom
1. Tryde’s Life and Works
2. Tryde’s Review of Heiberg’s On the Significance of Philosophy for the Present Age
3. Tryde’s Review of Heiberg’s New Poems
4. Tryde in Journal Entries Surrounding Practice in Christianity
5. Journal Entries Referring to Tryde’s Work in the Church
6. Tryde and the Attack on the Church  

Chapter 12. The Cultural Crisis of the Danish Golden Age and Modernity

Index of Persons
Index of Subjects

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