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    Despair as a Threat to Meaning: Kierkegaard’s Challenge to Objectivist Theories.Jeffrey Hanson - 2021 - Philosophies 6 (92):92.
    The question of meaning in life has enjoyed renewed attention in analytic discourse over the last few decades. Despite the apparently “existential” quality of this topic, existential philosophy has had little impact on this re-energized conversation. This paper draws on Kierkegaard’s _The Sickness unto Death_ in order to challenge the objectivist theory of meaning in life. According to that theory, a meaningful life is one replete with objective goods. Kierkegaard, however, exposits four forms of the spiritual sickness he calls despair (...)
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    Kierkegaard and the Life of Faith: The Aesthetic, the Ethical, and the Religious in Fear and Trembling.Jeffrey Hanson - 2017 - Indiana University Press.
    Soren Kierkegaard's Fear and Trembling is one of the most widely read works of Continental philosophy and the philosophy of religion. While several commentaries and critical editions exist, Jeffrey Hanson offers a distinctive approach to this crucial text. Hanson gives equal weight and attention to all three of Kierkegaard’s "problems," dealing with Fear and Trembling as part of the entire corpus of Kierkegaard's production and putting all parts into relation with each other. Additionally, he offers a distinctive analysis of the (...)
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    At the Limits of Religion Without Religion: A Problem That Cannot Be Resolved.Jeffrey A. Hanson - 2009 - Philosophy Today 53 (2):137-147.
  4. Michel Henry’s Critique of the Limits of Intuition.Jeffrey Hanson - 2009 - Studia Phaenomenologica 9:97-111.
    Intuition is surely a theme of singular importance to phenomenology, and Henry writes sometimes as if intuition should receive extensive attention from phenomenologists. However, he devotes relatively little attention to the problem of intuition himself. Instead he off ers a complex critique of intuition and the central place it enjoys in phenomenological speculation. This article reconstructs Henry’s critique and raises some questions for his counterintuitive theory of intuition. While Henry cannot make a place for the traditional sort of intuition given (...)
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    Kierkegaard as Phenomenologist: An Experiment.Jeffrey Hanson (ed.) - 2010 - Northwestern University Press.
    Kierkegaard has undoubtedly influenced phenomenological thinking, but he has rarely if ever been read as a phenomenologist himself.
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    Returning (to) the Gift of Death: Violence and History in Derrida and Levinas.Jeffrey Hanson - 2010 - International Journal for Philosophy of Religion 67 (1):1 - 15.
    The purpose of this paper is to establish a proper context for reading Jacques Derrida's The Gift of Death, which, I contend, can only be understood fully against the backdrop of "Violence and Metaphysics." The later work cannot be fully understood unless the reader appreciates the fact that Derrida returns to "a certain Abraham" not only in the name of Kierkegaard but also in the name of Levinas himself. The hypothesis of the reading that follows therefore would be that Derrida (...)
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    Returning the Gift of Death: Violence and History in Derrida and Levinas.Jeffrey Hanson - 2010 - International Journal for Philosophy of Religion 67 (1):1-15.
    The purpose of this paper is to establish a proper context for reading Jacques Derrida’s The Gift of Death, which, I contend, can only be understood fully against the backdrop of “Violence and Metaphysics.” The later work cannot be fully understood unless the reader appreciates the fact that Derrida returns to “a certain Abraham” not only in the name of Kierkegaard but also in the name of Levinas himself. The hypothesis of the reading that follows therefore would be that Derrida (...)
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    Woman as First Among Equals: A Subversive Reading of Domesticity in Totality and Infinity.Jeffrey Hanson - 2014 - Levinas Studies 9:67-96.
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  9. Holy Hypochondria. Narrative and Self-Awareness in The Concept of Anxiety.Jeffrey Hanson - 2011 - Kierkegaard Studies Yearbook 2011 (2011):239-262.
  10. Kierkegaard's the Sickness Unto Death: A Critical Guide.Jeffrey Hanson & Sharon Krishek (eds.) - 2022 - Cambridge University Press.
    The Sickness unto Death is commonly regarded as one of Kierkegaard's most important works – but also as one of his most difficult texts to understand. It is a meditation on Christian existentialist themes including sin, despair, religious faith and its redemptive power, and the relation and difference between physical and spiritual death. This volume of new essays guides readers through the philosophical and theological significance of the work, while clarifying the complicated ideas that Kierkegaard develops. Some of the essays (...)
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  11. Naked Before God: Kierkegaard’s Liturgical Self.Jeffrey Hanson - 2019 - Kierkegaard Studies Yearbook 24 (1):85-101.
    The aim of this paper is twofold. First, it seeks to demonstrate how Kierkegaard’s deployment of the idea of earnestness can furnish a sort of tonal “unity” to a narrative understanding of the Kierkegaardian self, which gestures toward a solution to the problem of how a narrative self can be unified over time and over a multiplicity of projects and plans. Second, this paper aims to give further richness to the recent work of Patrick Stokes, who argues that the narrative (...)
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    Kierkegaard’s Concept of Despair.Jeffrey Hanson - 2006 - Review of Metaphysics 59 (3):685-687.
    On occasion, Theunissen admits that his method is at variance with Kierkegaard’s self-understanding. “Such an approach not only contradicts Kierkegaard’s self-conception. It also collides with the currently prevalent way of dealing with him,” which is more attentive to Kierkegaard’s form of communication. The second most significant departure is his refusal to deal with faith. Theunissen’s book must be judged in part by the extent to which it suffers because of its attempt to abstract the Kierkegaardian account of despair from its (...)
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    Michel Henry’s Theory of Disclosive Moods.Jeffrey Hanson - 2010 - In Bruce Ellis Benson & Norman Wirzba (eds.), Words of Life: New Theological Turns in French Phenomenology. Fordham University Press. pp. 133-146.
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    Perspectives on and Standards of Life’s Meaningfulness: A Reply to Landau.Jeffrey Hanson - 2020 - Ethical Theory and Moral Practice 23 (3-4):561-573.
    In a recent article Iddo Landau has defended his distinction between perspectives on and standards of meaning in life to support his rebuttal of a familiar pessimistic objection to the meaningfulness of human life. According to that complaint, human life is meaningless when viewed from a detached, cosmic, or sub specie aeternitatis [SSA] perspective. Landau argues that a cosmic perspective need not entail a comparably high standard of meaningfulness. What counts on his view then is not the perspective, which is (...)
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    Michel Henry's Problematic Reading of The Sickness Unto Death.Jeffrey Hanson - 2007 - Journal of the British Society for Phenomenology 38 (3):248-260.
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    Michel Henry and S⊘ Ren Kierkegaard on Paradox and the Phenomenality of Christ.Jeffrey Hanson - 2009 - International Journal of Philosophical Studies 17 (3):435 - 454.
    For Henry the question ?Can the truth be learned?? is as much an aporia as it was for Kierkegaard, and both thinkers ask this question not in order to solve some abstract or pedantic epistemological issue but because the truth they seek is the one that is appropriate to human beings and their salvation. This paper examines Henry?s and Kierkegaard?s answers to the question of how the truth is learned, and in the course of this examination will necessarily have occasion (...)
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    Francois-David Sebbah: Testing the Limit: Derrida, Henry, Levinas, and the Phenomenological Tradition (Translated by Stephen Barker).Jeffrey Hanson - 2013 - Continental Philosophy Review 46 (4):609-616.
    Sebbah’s noteworthy book is perhaps the first sustained inquiry into the relationship between three thinkers in the French phenomenological tradition, two of whom are well known in the Anglophone world (Levinas, Derrida) and one of whom (Henry) is gradually better understood by English-speaking audiences. That all three are arrayed together in this study makes it a pioneering enterprise and one that allows the English reader to apprise the worthiness of Henry’s association with his better-known compatriots.The strongest and most extensive portions (...)
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    Infinite Striving and the Infinite Subject: A Kierkegaardian Reply to Schellenberg.Jeffrey Hanson - 2016 - European Journal for Philosophy of Religion 8 (4):143--156.
    In this paper I argue -- pace J. L. Schellenberg -- that it remains the case for Kierkegaard that infinite striving, properly understood, is essential to the relationship with God, who remains the Infinite Subject, one necessarily hidden for defensible logical, ontological, and existential reasons. Thus Kierkegaard’s arguments for the hiddenness of God as a logically required ingredient in the relationship that human beings are called to undertake with God can withstand Schellenberg’s criticisms.
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    Admiring Kieslowski.Jeffrey Hanson - 2000 - Film-Philosophy 4 (1).
    Geoff Andrew _The 'Three Colours' Trilogy_ (BFI Modern Classics) London: British Film Institute ISBN: 0-85170-569-3 96 pp.
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    The Shipwreck of the Aesthetic and Ethical.Jeffrey Hanson - 2011 - Graduate Faculty Philosophy Journal 32 (2):371-405.
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    Spiritually Motivated Self-Forgiveness and Divine Forgiveness, and Subsequent Health and Well-Being Among Middle-Aged Female Nurses: An Outcome-Wide Longitudinal Approach.Katelyn N. G. Long, Ying Chen, Matthew Potts, Jeffrey Hanson & Tyler J. VanderWeele - 2020 - Frontiers in Psychology 11.
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    After Actuality: Ideality and the Promise of a Purified Religious Vision in Frater Taciturnus.Jeffrey Hanson - 2021 - History of European Ideas 47 (3):514-527.
    ABSTRACT This article engages Frater Taciturnus’s ‘Letter to the Reader’ to argue for a religious aesthetics in Kierkegaard. This religious aesthetics is designed to purify the passions and help the believer ‘see’ the religious ideal, but also to confront the aesthetic spectator with the religious reality of her own situation. My claim for this revised reading of religious poetics in Kierkegaard derives from Taciturnus’s view of a superior form of religious ideality that comes ‘after actuality’. This ideality is not an (...)
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