The Book on Adler

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The Book on Adler
Cover page of the Princeton edition
Author Søren Kierkegaard
Original title Bogen om Adler
Country Denmark
Language Danish
Series Second authorship (Signed/Direct)
Genre Philosophy
Publication date
Written c. 1847, published posthumously
Pages ~450

The Book on Adler (subtitle: The Religious Confusion of the Present Age, Illustrated by Magister Adler as a Phenomenon, A Mimical Monograph) is a work by the Danish philosopher Søren Kierkegaard, written during his second authorship, and was published posthumously in 1872. The work is partly about pastor Adolph Peter Adler who claimed to have received a revelation. After some questionable acts, Adler was subsequently dismissed from his pastor duties. Adler later claimed it was work of genius, and not of revelation. The rest of the work focuses on the concept of authority and how it relates to Adler's situation.

The American philosopher Stanley Cavell helped to re-introduce the book to modern philosophical readers in his collection Must We Mean What We Say? (1969).[1]

Johannes Hohlenberg, a student of Kierkegaard's writings, said of the work: "The book is extraordinarily revealing, because it shows the working of Kierkegaard's mind better than any of the other books. If we want to get an idea of what qualitative dialectics has to say when turned upon a very definite question, we ought to study the book about Adler" [2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Journal of Religion, vol. 57, 1977
  2. ^ Hong, Howard V. & Edna H. The Essential Kierkegaard. Princeton University Press, 2000.