Søren Kierkegaard was born 200 years ago this year. To mark the event, Dr Clare Carlisle will speak at the London Philosophy Club about this great 19th-century philosopher, hugely influential on the development of existentialism and in philosophy and religious studies more widely.
Her theme will be Kierkegaard and the courage of faith, looking at Kierkegaard's intepretation of Abraham in his 1843 book Fear and Trembling. This provocative text challenges readers to make sense of the story of Abraham's willingness to sacrifice his son Isaac, and to defend religious faith against the demands of reason and morality. The talk will focus on Kierkegaard's claim that Abraham demonstrates "a paradoxical and humble courage": Dr Carlisle will discuss why courage is an important virtue, and show how Kierkegaard contributes something new to a long tradition of philosophical reflection on courage.
Clare Carlisle studied theology and philosophy as both an undergraduate and postgraduate student at Trinity College, Cambridge. She has published three books on Kierkegaard, and the first English translation of Félix Ravaisson’s De l’habitude. In addition to her scholarly work she has written numerous philosophical articles for a general audience, including series on Kierkegaard and Spinoza for The Guardian. She currently works on the philosophy of religion, and teaches, at King's College London.
The first of a series of 8 articles by Dr Carlisle in The Guardian on Kierkegaard can be read here:
NOTE: There will be a charge of £2 on the door, to cover room hire.