Humour and Irony in Kierkegaard’s Thought

Climacus and the Comic

  • John Lippitt

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
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  9. Back Matter
    Pages 175-209

About this book


Irony, humour and the comic play vital yet under-appreciated roles in Kierkegaard's thought. Focusing upon the Concluding Unscientific Postscript, this book investigates these roles, relating irony and humour as forms of the comic to central Kierkegaardian themes. How does the comic function as a form of 'indirect communication'? What roles can irony and humour play in the infamous Kierkegaardian 'leap'? Do certain forms of wisdom depend upon possessing a sense of humour? And is such a sense of humour thus a genuine virtue?


bibliography comic communication humour imagination irony Kierkegaard knowledge play religion satire subject

Authors and affiliations

  • John Lippitt
    • 1
  1. 1.University of HertfordshireUK

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