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Lecture by Jeffrey Hanson; Kierkegaardian Reflections on the Meaning of Life

Wednesday 18 September 2019
Past events 2019
Cleveringaplaats 1
2311 BD Leiden


The Leiden Institute of Philosophy is proud to host a lecture by

Jeffrey Hanson (Harvard University)
"Kierkegaardian Reflections on the Meaning of Life"

This lecture is sponsored by the Leiden University College


The existential import of Kierkegaard's thought has always been acknowledged, such that questions to do with the meaning of human life have been thought to be at the heart of the Dane's philosophy. However, the topic of meaning in life has been undergoing a significant renaissance in recent analytic thought, and this conversation has yet to take note of Kierkegaard's relevance to how living philosophers in the Anglophone tradition are recovering the issue of life and its meaning. I examine the potential interest of Kierkegaard's thought for contemporary analytic value theory and social science research, showing how Kierkegaardian reflections on despair, life as a task, repetition, and the tensions between the religious, ethical, and aesthetic forms of existence can illuminate current debates on a perennial question.


Jeffrey Hanson is Senior Philosopher for the Human Flourishing Program at Harvard University's Institute for Quantitative Social Science. He is the author of Kierkegaard and the Life of Faith: The Aesthetic, the Ethical, and the Religious in "Fear and Trembling" and the forthcoming Philosophies of Labor in the Platonic Tradition: A History of Work and Human Flourishing. He is the editor ofKierkegaard as Phenomenologist: An Experiment and with Sharon Krishek the forthcoming Cambridge Critical Guide to "The Sickness unto Death."

All are welcome!

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