Holy Hypochondria. Narrative and self-awareness in The Concept of Anxiety

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Hanson, Jeffrey. (2011). Holy Hypochondria. Narrative and self-awareness in The Concept of Anxiety. Kierkegaard Studies. 2001, pp. 239 - 261. https://doi.org/10.1515/9783110236514.239
AuthorsHanson, Jeffrey
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This paper treats the final chapter of The Concept of Anxiety with a view to explaining what Vigilius Haufniensis means by being educated by possibility, which is the highest service performed by anxiety and contributes to heightened self-awareness. An explanation of the special sense of possibility at work in this section is offered and supported by reference to Haufniensis’ discussions of happiness, fortune, fate, providence, and sin-consciousness. The particular role of narrative in being educated by possibility is explained as a function of Haufniensis’ own self-understanding as a psychological observer and his mission to “infect” his readers with “holy hypochondria.”

Year2011
JournalKierkegaard Studies
Journal citation2001, pp. 239 - 261
PublisherWalter de Gruyter GmbH
ISSN1430-5372
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1515/9783110236514.239
Scopus EID2-s2.0-84860181982
Page range239 - 261
Research GroupSchool of Philosophy
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Place of publicationGermany
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