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

Sheridan Hough


Kierkegaard’s account of the life of faith claims that a person living faithfully continually enjoys, and takes part in, everything. What can this mean? The author of Fear and Trembling, Johannes de silentio, imagines how such a person might look: ‘just like a tax collector’. This seemingly ordinary person, in his ‘movements’ of faith, finds infinite significance and an absorbing joy in his environment. How does he do it? This characterization of faithful comportment is unique in Kierkegaard’s corpus, and becomes the tantalizing centerpiece of an exploration of the Kierkegaardian self. This bo ... More

Keywords: Kierkegaard, faith, self, pseudonymity, existentialism, phenomenology, spheres of existence, being-in-the-world

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780198739999
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2015 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198739999.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Sheridan Hough, author
Professor of Philosophy, College of Charleston