Kierkegaard and Heidegger on “Pathos-Filled Transition”

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Kierkegaard and Heidegger both place fundamental emphasis on the possibility of personal transformation, that is, a radical change in an individual’s commitments and self-understanding. I argue that juxtaposing them can illuminate some key dynamics in post-Hegelian debates over such change, its limits, conditions, and the forms it can and should take. I concentrate on what Kierkegaard calls “pathos-filled transition”, a transformation in which a specific emotion, broadly construed, plays a central role.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationTransformation and the History of Philosophy
EditorsG. Anthony Bruno, Justin Vlasits
Place of PublicationOxford
Number of pages12
ISBN (Print)978-0-367-52088-5
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 25 Oct 2023


  • Heidegger
  • Kierkegaard
  • Transformation
  • Emotions
  • Pathos


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