Kierkegaard’s Dancing Tax Collector: Faith, Finitude, and Silence

Oxford University Press UK (2015)

Sheridan Hough
College of Charleston
This book is an analysis of Kierkegaard's account of the self from a unique perspective, that of a character introduced by one of Kierkegaard's pseudonymous authors, Johannes de silentio. This character is seen once in a brief vignette in Fear and Trembling, but Hough argues that this character is a necessary lens for looking across Kierkegaard's vast authorship, both the pseudonymous works as well as the works that Kierkegaard himself signed. This character sketch, often overlooked in Kierkegaard scholarship, is crucial to understanding what Kierkegaard calls the life of faith, and, therefore, the nature of a fully realized human self.
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