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Thursday 12 – Saturday 14 September 2019


Living in Uncertainty: Kierkegaard and Possibility

Senate House University of London, London WC1E 7HU






Thursday 12 September

12:30 Welcome and coffee

13:00   Rick Furtak (Colorado College, US): ‘Despair and the Phenomenology of Possibility’

Kresten Lundsgaard-Leth (University of Aalborg, Denmark): ‘The Evolution of Possibility in Kierkegaard’s Thought’

14:30   Coffee

14:45   Iben Damgaard (University of Copenhagen): ‘On Hope and Seriousness’

Erin Plunkett (University of Hertfordshire, UK): ‘Kierkegaard’s Poetics of the Possible’

16:15   Hjördis Becker-Lindenthal (Cambridge University, UK): ‘How to Cooperate with Possibility: Kierkegaard on Detachment, Imagination, and Hope’

John Lippitt (University of Hertfordshire, UK): ‘‘Beyond possibility? Expectancy and substantial hope in the task of forgiveness’

18:00   Evening reception at the Danish Embassy (by invitation only; conference speakers)

55 Sloane Street, London, SW1X 9SR


Friday 13 Sept

9:00     Welcome and coffee

9:30     Claudine Davidshofer (High Point University, US): ‘Kierkegaard’s Rethinking of Hegel’s Modal Categories’

Jakub Marek (Charles University, Prague): ‘On Being Educated by Possibility in Kierkegaard’s Concept of Anxiety’

Atsuya Matoba (Kyoto University, Japan): ‘Possibility and Human Love in Works of Love’

11:30   Coffee

11:45   Guiditta Corbella (Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, Milan): ‘Possibility and existence in the recently published Heidegger’s Anmerkungen zu Sein und Zeit’

Eleanor Helms (California Polytechnic, US): ‘Kierkegaard´s Metaphysics: A Defence of Abstract Possibilities’

13:15   Lunch

14:30   Daniel Conway (Texas A&M, US): ‘Defiance: The Death of Possibility and the Rise of Dark Authenticity’

Hugh Pyper (Sheffield University, UK): ‘Who Then Can Be Saved?’

Anna Westin (Boston College, US): ‘Kierkegaard’s Possibility in an Age of Environmental Anxiety’

16:15   Coffee

16:30   Robert Reed (Boston College, US): ‘Spiritual Trial in Kierkegaard: Religious Anxiety and Levinas’s Other’

Vanessa Rumble (Boston College, US): ‘Subjects of contention: Voices of Good and Evil in Kierkegaard’s Spiritual Exercises’

18:00   Close – Optional Drinks Locally (at own expense)


Saturday 14 Sept

10:00   Joakim Garff (University of Copenhagen): ‘On Aesthetic and Religious Illusions’

Antony Aumann (Northern Michigan University, US): ‘Personal Ideals and the Dangerous Power of Art’

Ruth Signer (Université de Genève, Switzerland): ‘To Luxuriate in Possibility: Kierkegaard and the Potential of Literature’

11:45   Coffee

12:00   Jeff Hanson (Harvard University, US): ‘From Possibility to Actuality and Back Again: Kierkegaard’s Ontology of the Possible and the Actually Ideal’

Eskil Elling (PhD, Northwestern University, US): ‘Mood, Morality, and Modality: The constitutive dilemma of the aesthetic in Kant and Kierkegaard’

13:30   Lunch

14:30   Tatiana Badurová (Charles University, Prague) ‘Kierkegaard’s Abraham or the Possibility of the Gift’

Frances Maughan-Brown (College of the Holy Cross, US): ‘Possibility and Prototype: On Kierkegaard’s Uncertain Patterns’

16:00   Coffee

16:15   Mélissa Fox-Muraton (ESC Clermont/Université Clermont Auvergne, France): ‘Kierkegaard and Beauvoir on uncertainty, freedom, and equality’

Sebastian Hüsch (Aix-Marseille Université, France): ‘Truth as a possibility: meaningful existence between metaphysics and experience’

17:45   Close of conference


The conference is generously supported by the Danish Embassy of London, the Kierkegaard Society of the UK and the University of Hertfordshire.


Online registration required at https://modernlanguages.sas.ac.uk/events/event/19252 Flat rate for 2½ day conference:

Standard conference ticket £55 | Student and unwaged conference ticket £35 | Speaker ticket £55


(Draft programme subject to change)


Institute of Modern Languages Research

School of Advanced Study | University of London
Room 239 | Senate House | Malet Street | London WC1E 7HU | UK



Redaktion: Constanze Baum – Lukas Büsse – Mark-Georg Dehrmann – Nils Gelker – Markus Malo – Alexander Nebrig – Johannes Schmidt

Diese Ankündigung wurde von H-GERMANISTIK [Lukas Büsse] betreut – editorial-germanistik@mail.h-net.msu.edu

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