Contingency, Necessity, and Causation in Kierkegaard's Theory of Change

In this paper I argue that Kierkegaard's theory of change is motivated by a robust notion of contingency. His view of contingency is sharply juxtaposed with a strong notion of absolute necessity. I show that how he understands these notions explains certain of his claims about causation. I end by suggesting a compatibilist interpretation of Kierkegaard's philosophy
Keywords Kierkegaard  Metaphysics  Philosophy of Religion  Change
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DOI 10.1080/09608788.2011.650976
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