Arne Grøn’s Existential Hermeneutics: Existence, Ethics and Religion

In: Danish Yearbook of Philosophy
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  • 1 Independent scholar, Copenhagen, Denmark bmh@sk.ku.dk
  • 2 Assistant Professor, Department of Management, Politics and Philosophy, Copenhagen Business School, Frederiksberg, Denmark
  • 3 Associate Professor, Søren Kierkegaard Research Centre, Faculty of Theology, University of Copenhagen, Denmank rer@teol.ku.dk

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This paper presents an introduction to Arne Grøn’s existential hermeneutics as a philosophical method, while also attempting to indicate how Grøn’s work contributes to and engages in a number of crucial topics in modern continental philosophy. The first section of the paper shows how Grøn draws on Paul Ricoeur and Michael Theunissen to rethink the concept of existence through a reading of Kierkegaard that uncouples this concept from the self-evident status it attained in twenty-century existentialism. The second section of the paper argues that Grøn proposes an existential ethics that takes the Kierkegaardian notion that humans are inherently normative beings and uses this as a basis for a critique of ethics, as well as for establishing an ethics of vision inspired by Kierkegaard. The third section of the paper presents a reading of Grøn’s notion of religion as an inextricable part of human existence.

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