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Irony on OccasionFrom Schlegel and Kierkegaard to Derrida and de Man$
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Kevin Newmark

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780823240128

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: September 2012

DOI: 10.5422/fordham/9780823240128.001.0001

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Reading Kierkegaard: To Keep Intact the Secret

Reading Kierkegaard: To Keep Intact the Secret

(p.96) Four Reading Kierkegaard: To Keep Intact the Secret
Irony on Occasion

Kevin Newmark

Fordham University Press

One of the most innovative and productive readings of Kierkegaard in the 20th century is offered by Sylviane Agacinski in Aparté. How and why has this book remained separate, apart from the mainstream of Kierkegaard studies? What is the hidden place of Maurice Blanchot within Agacinski's readings of Kierkegaard? What is the relation between Aparté and work Agacinski has done on Kierkegaard since? This chapter responds by noting a discrepancy within Kierkegaard's writings between their meaning and their mode of meaning. The discrepancy results from the function of the image and its relation to all philosophical conceptualization, for instance, as it is enacted in Either/Or. To the degree that the image remains recalcitrant to philosophical thematization it repeats itself everywhere in Kierkegaard's writing in the mode of a secret. Up to a point, Agacinski's reading of Kierkegaard shares this secret. That point—finitude—reaches its limit when she re-encounters Abraham and his faith for the last time.

Keywords:   Kierkegaard, Sylviane Agacinski, Maurice Blanchot, Image, Either/Or, Secret, Repetition, Abraham, Faith, Finitude

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