Past Events

Kierkegaard Society Group Meeting, Pacific APA
April 18-20, 2019, Vancouver, BC
Session Title: Author Meets Critics, George Connell (Concordia College), Kierkegaard and the Paradox of Religious Diversity

Chair: Sheridan Hough, College of Charleston

Jennifer Veninga (St. Edward’s University)
“Both/And to the Either/Or: Kierkegaard’s Paradox of the Universal and Particular in a Religiously Diverse World”

Sergia Hay (Pacific Lutheran University)
“Reading Kierkegaard for Our Context”

Sheridan Hough (College of Charleston)
“Kierkegaard, Ethics, and a Confucian Dilemma”
Response: George Connell (Concordia College, Moorhead, MN)

 

Kierkegaard Society Group Meeting, Eastern APA
January 7-9, 2019, New York City, NY

Session Title: Duty, Love, and Self-Sacrifice in Kierkegaard

Chair: Eleanor Helms (California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, CA)

Sharon Krishek (The Hebrew University of Jerusalem)
“Is It Possible to Fulfill the Duty to Love?”

Tomer Raudanski (Humboldt University of Berlin)
“Reading Kierkegaard through Levinas: Christian Love and the Phenomenology of the Event”

Lee C. Barrett (Lancaster Theological Seminary)
“Kierkegaard on the Attractions of Self-Giving”

Comments: Eleanor Helms (California Polytechnic State University)

 

Kierkegaard Society Group Meeting, Eastern APA
January 5-7, 2018, Savannah, GA

Session Title: Translators, Editors, and Books: Problems with Kierkegaard in Print
 
Chair: Eleanor Helms (California Polytechnic State University) and J. Aaron Simmons (Furman University, SC)

M.G. Piety (Drexel University)
“The Continuing Challenges of Translating Kierkegaard: Hannay’s Postscript”

Troy Wellington Smith (University of California, Berkeley)
“Prolegomenon to a Study of Kierkegaard and the History of Books”

Jon Stewart (Center for European Studies, Harvard University)
“The Role of the Editor and Translator in Kierkegaard Reception”

 
Comments: Jeffrey Hanson (Institute for Quantitative Social Science, Harvard University) and Alastair Hannay (University of Oslo, in absentia)
 
Kierkegaard Society Group Meeting, Central APA
February 21-24, 2018, Chicago, IL

Session Title: Kierkegaard on Selfhood and Actuality
 
Chair: Rick A. Furtak (Colorado College)

Christina Danko, (Assumption College)
“The Dynamically Embodied Self from Hume through Kant to Kierkegaard” 

Tyrone Krause (Robert Wood Johnson Barnabas Health)
“Søren Kierkegaard’s Actuality” 

Valérie Roberge, (Université Laval)
“The Isolated Self in ‘The Seducer’s Diary’” 

 
Comments: Ryan Kemp (Wheaton College)

 

Kierkegaard Society Group Meeting, Pacific APA
April 12-15, 2017, Seattle, Washington

Session Title 1: Kierkegaard on Love, Transformation, and Eudaimonia

ChairRick Anthony Furtak (Colorado College)

Presenters:

Roe Fremstedal (University of Tromsø—The Arctic University of Norway)
“Kierkegaard’s Critique of Eudaimonism: Between Virtue Ethics and Kantian Deontology”

Deidre Green (Claremont Graduate University)
“Loving Subjects: Indirection and Divine Intervention in Irigaray and Kierkegaard”

Walter Wietzke (University of Wisconsin River Falls)
“Kierkegaard and the Possibility of Personal Transformation”

Session Title 2: Re-Thinking Fear and Trembling

ChairJeffrey Hanson (Program on Integrative Knowledge and Human Flourishing, Harvard University)

Presenters:

Ryan Kemp (Wheaton College)
“Kierkegaard on What You Can (and Cannot) Expect from Faith”

Michael Mullaney (Wheaton College)
“Kierkegaard on Faith’s Concrete Expectations: A Response to Kemp”

Russ Hamer (Marquette University)
“Kierkegaard and Parables: Making Sense of Agnes and the Merman”

 

Kierkegaard Society Group Meeting: Eastern APA
January 4-7, 2017, 
Baltimore, MD

Chair: Claudine Davidshofer (High Point University)

Session Title: Kierkegaard and His Interlocutors, Ancient and Modern

 

Presenters:

Ingrid Basso (Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore)
“The Aristotelian Roots of Kierkegaard’s Thought”

Alison Assiter (University of the West of England)
“The Concept of Anxiety and Kant”

Troy Wellington Smith (University of California, Berkeley)
“Either Mediation/Or Repentance: Kierkegaard’s Deconstruction of the Goethean Bildungsroman

 

Kierkegaard Society Group Meeting: Eastern APA 2016
January 6-9, 2016, Washington, DC
Session TitleVolition, Exception, and Obligation

Chair: Jeffrey Hanson (Australian Catholic University)

 

Presenters:

Antony Aumann (Northern Michigan University) (unable to present)
“On Kierkegaard, Art, and Autonomy”

Jerome Gellman (Ben-Gurion University)
“Volition and the Leap of Faith”

Birte Loschenkohl (University of Chicago)
“Exception, Suspension, and Resistance in Kierkegaard (and Schmitt)”

Anthony Rudd (St. Olaf College)
“Was Kierkegaard a Divine Command Theorist? Should He Have Been?”

 

Kierkegaard Society Group Meeting: Central APA 2016
March 3-5,  2016, Chicago, IL
Session Title:The Immediate, Mediation, and Other Distinctions

Chair: Rick Furtak (Colorado College)

 

Presenters

Sharon Krishek (Hebrew University of Jerusalem)
“The Distinctiveness of Love’s Various Forms: A Kierkegaardian Perspective”

Claudine Davidshofer (High Point University)
“Using Mediation in Everyday Life: Kierkegaard’s Aesthete as Hegelian Philosopher”

Chandler Rogers (Loyola Marymount University)
“Schleiermacher in the Kierkegaardian Project: Between Socratic Ignorance and Second Immediacy”

Karl Aho (Baylor University)
“Learning about Temporality from the Lily and the Bird: Kierkegaard and Our Attitudes toward Time”

 

Kierkegaard Society Group Meeting: Pacific APA 2015
April 1-4, 2015, Vancouver, Canada
Session Title: Kierkegaard and the Propaedeutic Value of Philosophy

 

Presenters: 

Ulrika Carlsson (Howard and Edna Hong Kierkegaard Library, St. Olaf College)
“An Aesthetic Apologetic”

Sergia Hay (Pacific Lutheran University)
“Hamann and Kierkegaard on Socratic Ignorance”

Thomas Miles (Boston College)
“Kierkegaard, Wittgenstein, and the Virtues of Philosophy”

 

Kierkegaard Society Group Meeting: Eastern APA 2014
December 28-29, 2014, Philadelphia, PA
Session Title: Kierkegaard and Narrative

Presenters: 

John Davenport (Fordham University)
“Psychological Narrativity and the Limits of Ethical Self-Authorship”

Jeffrey Hanson (Australian Catholic University)
“Aesthetic Ideals and the Task of Repetition”

Frances Maughan-Brown (Boston College)
“Kierkegaard and Allegorical Narrative”

Comments: Clare Carlisle (University College London)

 

Kierkegaard Society Group Meeting: Eastern APA 2013
December 28-29, 2013, Baltimore, MD
Session Title: Reading Fear & Trembling After 170 Years

Presenters: 

Chair: Rick Furtak (Colorado College)

Jeffrey Hanson (Australian Catholic University)
“Silentio on Luke’s Hard Saying: Literalism, Love, and the Absolute Figure”

Richard McCombs (St. John’s College)
“The Telos of Kierkegaard’s Fear and Trembling

Michael Strawser (University of Central Florida)
“On Love, Fear and Trembling”

Comments: Rick Furtak (Colorado College)

 

Kierkegaard Society Group Meeting: Pacific APA 2013
March 2013, San Francisco CA
Session Title: Open…Celebrating Søren at 200

Chair: Eleanor Helms (California Polytechnic University)

Presenters: 

Mark McCreary (Kirkwood Community College)
“Hidden Love: Kierkegaard on Love and Love’s Suffering”

Melissa Fitzpatrick (Loyola Marymount University)
“The Recollection of Anxiety: Kierkegaard as our Socratic Occasion to Transcend Unfreedom”

Mandel Cabrera (Auburn University)
“Aesthetic Authenticity: Kierkegaard and Social Media”

Comments: Eleanor Helms (California Polytechnic University)

 

Kierkegaard Society Group Meeting: Eastern APA
December 27-30, 2012, Atlanta, GA 
Session Title: Kierkegaard on the Love of Self and Others

Chair: Michael Strawser (University of Central Florida)

Presenters:

Ulrika Carlsson (Yale University)
“An Ethical Model of Love in ‘Silhouettes’ and a Challenge to the Knight of Infinite Resignation”

Elodie Gontier (University of Paris–Sorbonne)
“The Problem of True Love and Self-­Love in Kierkegaard’s Works of Love”

Heather C. Ohaneson (Columbia University)
“Loved into Life: The Tacit Resolution of Despair in Kierkegaard’s Sickness unto Death”

Comments: Michael Strawser (University of Central Florida)

 

Kierkegaard Society Group Meeting: Central APA
February 15-18, 2012, Chicago, IL
Session Title: Kierkegaard and Plato, Kant, & God’s Revelation

Chair: George Connell (Concordia College)

Presenters:

C. Stephen Evans (Baylor University)
“Paradoxicality as a Criterion of Authentic Revelation

Anthony Rudd (St. Olaf College)
“Kierkegaard and Platonic Teleology

Daniel W. Murphy (Saint Peter’s College)
“Crossing Paths and Boundaries: On Kierkegaard’s Relation to Kant

Comments: George Connell (Concordia College)

 

Kierkegaard Society Group Meeting: Eastern APA
December 28-30, 2011, Washington, DC
Session Title: Kierkegaard on Sex, Prozac, and German Idealism

Chair: Michael Strawser (University of Central Florida)

Presenters:

Céline Leon (Grove City College)
“The Neither/Nor of the Second Sex: Kierkegaard on Women, Sexual Difference, and Sexual Relations

Norman Lillegard (University of Tennessee–Martin)
“Listening to Prozac while Sick unto Death

Michael Burns (University of Dundee)
“The Fractured Dialectic: Kierkegaard and German Idealism after Žižek

Comments: Charles Guignon (University of South Florida)

 

Kierkegaard Society Group Meeting: Pacific APA
April 20-23, 2011, San Diego, CA  
Session Title: Kierkegaard, Subjectivity, and Love

Chair: George Connell (Concordia College)

Presenters:

Brock Bahler (Duquesne)
“Kierkegaard’s Greatness: Human Subjectivity as an Ordinary Impossibility

Michael Strawser (University of Central Florida)
“Deliberating on Love and Sin

Mark Alznauer (Northwestern)
“Kierkegaard and Hegel on the Inner-Outer Problem

Comments: Shannon Nason (Loyola Marymount)

 

Kierkegaard Society Group Meeting: Eastern APA
December 28-30, 2010, Boston, MA
Session Title: Kierkegaard and Gender Relations

Chair: Vanessa Rumble (Boston College)

Presenters:

Céline Leon (Grove City College)
“The Neither/Nor of the Second Sex” [not presented due to weather travel delays]

Pia Søltoft (Kierkegaard Research Centre, University of Copenhagen, Denmark)
“The Airborne Woman–or the Women who Loved Much

Eleanor Helms (Fordham University)
“Misunderstanding Modalities of Gender Difference: A Critique of ‘Me, Inc.’ Economics by S. Kierkegaard

Comments: Vanessa Rumble (Boston College)

 

Kierkegaard Society Group Meeting: Central APA
February 17-20, 2010: Chicago, IL
Session Title: Kierkegaard and Time

Chair: George Connell (Concordia College) Chair

Presenters:

John Davenport (Fordham University)
“Earnestness, Loyalty, and Purity of Heart: Narrative Unity through Infinite Pathos”

Grant Julin (St. Francis University)
“Kierkegaard’s Ethics of Repetition

Nathan Carson (Baylor University)
“Artistic Representation and Inner-Historical Time: Kierkegaard on the Temporal Limitations of Art and the Task of the Literary Artist

Comments: Jason Mahn (Augustana College)

 

Kierkegaard Society Group Meeting: Eastern APA
December 27‑30, 2009, New York, NY
Session Title: Kierkegaard and Authenticity (Heidegger, Nietzsche, etc).

Chair: J. Aaron Simmons (Hendrix College)

Presenters:

Adam Buben (University of South Florida)
“Heidegger, Kierkegaard, and Authentic Being-towards-Death

Noreen Khawaja (Stanford University)
“Kierkegaard and Heidegger on Authenticity

Noel Adams (Marquette University)
“Towards a Muslim Concept of Authenticity? Some Kierkegaardian Reflections on Contemporary Islam’s Confrontation with Modernity

Comments: J. Aaron Simmons (Hendrix College)

 

Kierkegaard Society Group Meeting: Pacific APA
April 8-12, 2009, Vancouver, BC

Session Title: Kierkegaard, Autonomy, and Freedom

Presenters:

Anthony Rudd (St. Olaf College)
“To Kant and Kierkegaard’s Conceptions of Theoretical Truth

Eric Hanson (Purdue University)
“Is Kierkegaard’s Comparison of Kant to Sancho Panza a Critique of the Law of Autonomy?”

Paul Carron (Baylor University)
“Freedom, Emotions, and Second-Order Desires in Kierkegaard’s Christian Discourses”

Comments: Michelle Kosch (Cornell University)

 

Kierkegaard Society Group Meeting: Eastern APA
December 28, 2008, Philadelphia, PA

Session Title: C. Stephen Evans on Kierkegaard, Faith, and Love

Chair: John Davenport (Fordham University)

Presenters:

Edward Mooney (Syracuse University)
“Kierkegaard at the APA: Comments on Evans” 

Sarah Cabral (Loyola University of Chicago)
“The Aesthetic Judge and the Ethical Poet: A Response to C. Stephen Evans’ Reading of Either/Or in Kierkegaard’s Ethic of Love” 

Michael Cantrell (Baylor University)
“Was Socrates a Christian before Christ? Kierkegaard and the Problem of Christian Uniqueness”

Comments: C. Stephen Evans (Baylor University)

 

Kierkegaard Society Group Meeting: Central APA
April 18, 2008, 
Chicago, IL

Session Title: Kierkegaard and German Idealism

Chair: Dan Johnson (Baylor University)

Presenters:

Antony Aumann (Indiana University)
“Kierkegaard on the Irrelevance of Philosophy”

Shannon Nason (Purdue University)
Contradiction, Opposition, and Mediation in Hegel and Kierkegaard”

Michael Matthis (Lamar University)
“Autonomy and Heteronomy: Kant and Kierkegaard on Freedom”

Comments: Noel Adams (Marquette University)

 

Kierkegaard Society Group Meeting: Eastern APA
December 28-30, 2007, 
Baltimore, MD

Session Title: Kierkegaard and World Religions

Chair: C. Stephen Evans (Baylor University)

Presenters:

Steven Emmanuel (Virginia Wesleyan College)
“Kierkegaard and Buddhism”

Peter Mehl (University of Central Arkansas)
“Can Kierkegaard Speak to a Theologically Pluralistic World?”

J. Michael Tilley (University of Kentucky)
“Divided Against Oneself? Faith and Politics in Qutb and Kierkegaard”

Comments: David Cain (University of Mary Washington)

 

Kierkegaard Society Group Meeting: Pacific APA
April 5, 2007,
 San Francisco, CA

Session Title: Furtak and Others on Kierkegaard, Wisdom, and Love

Chair: Noel Adams (Marquette University)

Presenters:

Robert C. Roberts (Baylor University)
“Emotions as Epistemic Ground: Comments on Furtak’s Wisdom in Love”

Michael Strawser (University of Central Florida)
“Striving for Love in Spinoza and Kierkegaard”

Mark McCreary (Loyola University Chicago)
“Kierkegaard on the Obstacles to Faith and Love:
The Terrifying Truth and the Possibility of Offense”

Response: Richard Anthony Furtak (Colorado College)

 

Kierkegaard Society Group Meeting: Eastern APA
December 29, 2006, 
Washington, DC

Session Title: Faith and Despair: Fear and Trembling and Sickness Unto Death

Chair: Martin B. Matustík (Purdue University) 

Presenters:

Sheridan Hough (College of Charleston)
“To Begin Where Thought Stops: Faith’s Knowledge as Epistemic Flexibility”

Andrew Nam (Baylor University)
“Does Choosing Despair Mean Annihilation of the Self? A Critique of Poul Lübcke View of Despair and the Self”

Michael Cantrell (Baylor University)
“The Unbearable Anxiety of Belief: Fear and Trembling as a Study in the Sociology of Knowledge”

Comments: Merold Westphal (Fordham University)

 

Kierkegaard Society Group Meeting: Eastern APA
April 28, 2006, 
Chicago, IL

Session Title: Kierkegaard and Epistemology

Chair: Ian Duckles (Indiana University of Pennsylvania)

Presenters:

Ulrich Knappe (was not able to present)

Mark Tietjen (Baylor University)
“Doubts about Doubting: Kierkegaard’s Response to Skepticism in Works of Love

Thomas Carroll (Boston University)
“Fideism and the Nature of Truth in Kierkegaard’s Philosophical Fragments and Concluding Unscientific Postscript

Comments: Rick Furtak (Colorado College) 

 

Kierkegaard Society Group Meeting: Eastern APA
December 29, 2005,
 New York, NY

Session Title: James Conant and His Critics on Kierkegaard’s Authorship(s)

Chair: M. Jamie Ferreira (University of Virginia)

Presenters:

Edward Mooney (Syracuse University)
“To Revoke a Text and Keep It Too: A Curtain Call for Climacus”

Paul Muench (Williams College)
“Understanding Kierkegaard’s Climacus in the Postscript: Mirror of the Reader’s Faults or Socratic Exemplar?”

Colin Patrick (University of Chicago)
“Reflected Existence: The Difficulties of the Concluding Unscientific Postscript

Comments: Genia Schönbaumsfeld (University of Southampton)

Response: James Conant (University of Chicago)