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Between Dancing and WritingThe Practice of Religious Studies$
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Kimerer L. LaMothe

Print publication date: 2004

Print ISBN-13: 9780823224036

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: March 2011

DOI: 10.5422/fso/9780823224036.001.0001

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The Poet and the Dancer

The Poet and the Dancer

Søren Kierkegaard

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(p.85) Chapter 4 The Poet and the Dancer
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Between Dancing and Writing
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Kimerer L. LaMothe

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Fordham University Press
DOI:10.5422/fso/9780823224036.003.0005

This chapter examines Fear and Trembling to investigate why Kierkegaard describes his model of faith, Abraham, as a dancer. Kierkegaard contrasts dancing with philosophical writing to signal an unbridgeable chasm between religion and the science of it. Dance appears as a metaphor for a dialectical relationship between reason and experience whose terms are held together only in the passion of a singular individual. The discussion concludes that Kierkegaard's response to Hegel enforces a sense of opposition between writing and dancing as practices. In doing so, Kierkegaard helps elucidate the connection between adherence to an emergence narrative of the field and a difficulty acknowledging any contribution dance can make to theory and method in religious studies.

Keywords:   Kierkegaard, poet, Hegel, Johannes Silentio, Abraham

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