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Jeremy Bendik-Keymer

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What if Kierkegaard were not a counter-Enlightenment thinker, but were a deeper enlightenment thinker? In this talk, I want to propose an interpretation of S.K.’s work under which he continues the Enlightenment, rather than discontinuing it. I will claim that Kierkegaard deepened and advanced one of the most central aspects of “enlightenment”, at least as Kant and the subsequent tradition has defined it. Kierkegaard was an enlightenment thinker (lower case “e”!), and therefore it is misleading to see him as opposed to the heart of the Enlightenment (upper case “e”).

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