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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

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

Kimerer L. LaMothe

Fordham University Press

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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