Jon Stewart

Ph.d., Dr. habil. theol. & phil.
Institute of Philosophy
Slovak Academy of Sciences


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The Crisis of Religion and the Logic of the Gods:
Hegel's Interpretation of the Religions of the World

My current research concerns Hegel's analyses of the world religions, based on his Lectures on the Philosophy of Religion. While Hegel's defense of Christianity is well known, his interpretations of Hinduism, Zoroastrianism, Buddhism and the religions of ancient China and Egypt have languished in neglect. His interpretations of these religions afford a fascinating glimpse into the period at the beginning of the 19th century that saw the birth of a number of new disciplines that today go under the heading of Asian Studies. The issues that he treats are still very relevant for discussions today about topics such as globalization and multiculturalism.

Søren Kierkegaard:
Subjectivity, Irony and the Crisis of Modernity

An online course in Coursera

It is often claimed that relativism, subjectivism and nihilism are typically modern philosophical problems that emerge with the breakdown of traditional values, customs and ways of life. The result is the absence of meaning, the lapse of religious faith, and feeling of alienation that is so widespread in modernity.

The Danish thinker Søren Kierkegaard (1813-55) gave one of the most penetrating analyses of this complex phenomenon of modernity. But somewhat surprisingly he seeks insight into it not in any modern thinker but rather in an ancient one, the Greek philosopher Socrates.

In this course we will explore how Kierkegaard deals with the problems associated with relativism, the lack of meaning and the undermining of religious faith that are typical of modern life. His penetrating analyses are still highly relevant today and have been seen as insightful for the leading figures of Existentialism, Post-Structuralism and Post-Modernism.

To date more than 70,000 students from around the world have been involved in the course. The course is absolutely free of charge. No prior knowledge is required.

The course can now be taken on an on-demand basis, and thus students can start at any time and can follow the video lectures at their own pace.

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of the series
Kierkegaard Research: Sources, Reception and Resources

Kierkegaard Research: Sources, Reception and Resources
(KRSRR) is a collective research project that began in 2005, with the first volumes appearing in 2007. It represents the work of more than 200 leading scholars from some 50 different countries. The guiding idea behind the project was to create a publication series, which would serve as both a reference work for students and scholars and as a forum for new research. The project attempts to cover all of the main areas of Kierkegaard research in a systematic fashion. This series is divided into three large parts, each of which consists of 7 volumes, which are further subdivided into individual tomes.

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The series Kierkegaard Research: Sources, Reception and Resources is published by Routledge

Overview of the Series:

Section I: Kierkegaard’s Sources
    Volume 1. Kierkegaard and the Bible
        Tome I: The Old Testament
        Tome II: The New Testament

    Volume 2. Kierkegaard and the Greek World
        Tome I:
Socrates and Plato
        Tome II: Aristotle and Other Greek Thinkers

    Volume 3. Kierkegaard and the Roman World

    Volume 4. Kierkegaard and the Patristic and Medieval Traditions

    Volume 5. Kierkegaard and the Renaissance and Early Modern Traditions
        Tome I: Philosophy
        Tome II: Theology
        Tome III: Literature, Drama and Music

    Volume 6. Kierkegaard and His German Contemporaries
        Tome I: Philosophy
        Tome II: Theology
        Tome III: Literature and Aesthetics

    Volume 7. Kierkegaard and His Danish Contemporaries
        Tome I: Philosophy, Politics and Social Theory
        Tome II: Theology
        Tome III: Literature, Drama and Aesthetics

Section II: Kierkegaard Reception

    Volume 8. Kierkegaard’s International Reception
        Tome I: Northern and Western Europe

        Tome II: Southern, Central and Eastern Europe
        Tome III: The Near East, Asia, Australia, and the Americas

    Volume 9. Kierkegaard’s Influence on Existentialism

    Volume 10. Kierkegaard’s Influence on Theology
        Tome I: German Protestant Theology
        Tome II: Anglophone and Scandinavian Protestant Theology    
        Tome III: Catholic and Jewish Theology

    Volume 11. Kierkegaard’s Influence on Philosophy
        Tome I: German and Scandinavian Philosophy
        Tome II. Francophone Philosophy
        Tome III: Anglophone Philosophy

    Volume 12. Kierkegaard’s Influence on Literature and Criticism
        Tome I: The Germanophone World
        Tome II: Denmark
        Tome III: Sweden and Norway
        Tome IV: The Anglophone World
        Tome V. The Romance Languages, Central and Eastern Europe

    Volume 13. Kierkegaard’s Influence on the Social Sciences

    Volume 14. Kierkegaard’s Influence on Social-Political Thought

Section III: Kierkegaard Resources

    Volume 15. Kierkegaard’s Concepts
        Tome I: Absolute to Church
        Tome II: Classicism to Enthusiasm
        Tome III: Envy to Incognito
        Tome IV: Individual to Novel
        Tome V: Objectivity to Sacrifice
        Tome VI: Salvation to Writing

    Volume 16. Kierkegaard’s Literary Figures and Motifs
        Tome I: Agamemnon to Guadalquivir
        Tome II: Gulliver to Zerlina

    Volume 17. Kierkegaard’s Pseudonyms

    Volume 18. Kierkegaard Secondary Literature
        Tome I: Catalan, Chinese, Czech, Danish and Dutch
        Tome II: English, A-K
        Tome III: English, L-Z
        Tome IV: Finnish, French, Galician and German
        Tome V: Greek, Hebrew, Hungarian, Italian, Japanese, Norwegian, and Polish
        Tome VI: Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, Slovak, Spanish, and Swedish

    Volume 19. Kierkegaard Bibliography
        Tome I: Afrikaans to Dutch
        Tome II: English
        Tome III: Estonian to Hebrew
        Tome IV: Hungarian to Korean
        Tome V: Latvian to Ukrainian
        Tome VI: Figures A-H
        Tome VII: Figures I-Z

    Volume 20. The Auction Catalogue of Kierkegaard’s Library

    Volume 21. Cumulative Index
        Tome I: Index of Names, A-K
        Tome II: Index of Subjects, L-Z
        Tome III: Index of Subjects. Overview of the Articles in the Series


"The near completion of Kierkegaard Research: Sources, Reception and Resources (KRSRR) marks the success
of a project—clearly the largest body of interconnected secondary literature ever published in Kierkegaard Studies—that would hardly have seen the light of day, had it not been for the bold initiative and steadfast stewardship of Jon Stewart of the Søren Kierkegaard Research Centre in Copenhagen."

Poul Houe, “Kierkegaard Sources, Influences, and Reception in the Present Age of Inter-texts and –textuality,”
Søren Kierkegaard Newsletter
, no. 63, 2014, pp. 2-12.


“…cette collection est une source incroyablement riche d’informations. On peut y trouver toutes les indications nécessaires, rassemblées le plus exhaustivement possible, sur le rapport de Kierkegaard à ses sources, Socrate, par exemple, Luther ou Lessing, ou encore Shakespeare ou Mozart; sur la manière dont les auteurs venant après lui l’ont lu et interprété, que ce soit Heidegger, Sartre, Camus, Barth ou Bonhoeffer, ou encore Kafka, Strindberg, Ibsen, Frisch ou Dürrenmatt.”
Pierre Bühler, Revue de Théologie et de Philosophie, vol. 145, 2013, p. 352.


"Kierkegaard Research: Sources, Reception and Resources is continuing to prove a remarkable achievement and is cumulatively providing an important point of reference for all those working on Kierkegaard...."
George Pattison, Marginalia: A Review of Books in History, Theology and Religion, January 29, 2013 (online journal).


"This multi-volume reference work is a contribution of the highest caliber to academic research on Kierkegaard....The general editor Jon Stewart together with his co-editors must be thanked for orchestrating such a vast undertaking. Their work is nothing less than a largesse to the future of Kierkegaard scholarship."
Mads Sohl Jessen, Søren Kierkegaard Newsletter, no. 58, 2011, pp. 4-5.


  "The series is the most important single collection of secondary literature on Kierkegaard to be published in recent years and it is possibly the most important ever published."

Will Williams, Religious Studies Review, vol. 35, no. 4, 2009, p. 252.

Editor-in-chief of the series Texts from Golden Age Denmark

In order to meet the need for the new international interest in the celebrated period of the Danish Golden Age, Museum Tusculanum Press has, since 2005, been publishing a translation series entitled, Texts from Golden Age Denmark (ISSN 1903-3346) under the general editorship of Professor Jon Stewart. The main goal of his interdisciplinary series is to make available for the first time in English some of the most important texts from the leading writers and intellectual figures of this period.

The texts featured come from many different authors, representing many different fields, e.g., literature, philosophy, theology, drama and art history. They serve to paint a more complete picture of the cultural milieu of the period and to make its rich intellectual life available to the world of international scholarship.

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"Stewart has taken great care in positioning each of the chosen texts in their historical as well as philosophical context, and the reader necessarily comes away having been given a privileged window into a central concern of the Danish Golden Age. These volumes...function as gateways to further research into the Danish Golden Age and its historical and cultural moment."
Scandinavian Studies, vol. 80, no. 2, 2008, pp. 254-256.


"This series represents a welcome expansion of the excellent work done at the Søren Kierkegaard Research Centre, which here once again cements its competence in the theological and philosophical literature of the Danish Golden Age....For the first time it is possible for the English reader to look beyond Kierkegaard out into the wider landscape of outstanding texts from Danish philosophy....The present reviewer...can...only recommend these...excellent volumes of translations to the English reader. They open up a new world of possibilities for Kierkegaard research, but this is ultimately only a small part of what they really offer. With them the road is cleared into the treasure chest of wonderful philosophical texts from the Danish Golden Age."
Søren Kierkegaard Newsletter, no. 51, 2007, pp. 43-45.


The following volumes have been published to date:

Volume 1
Heiberg’s On the Significance of Philosophy for the Present Age and Other Texts, trans. and ed. by Jon Stewart (2005). Hardback. xxii+467pp. ISBN 978-87-635-3084-2.

Volume 2
Heiberg’s Speculative Logic and Other Texts, trans. and ed. by Jon Stewart (2006). Hardback. xviii+387pp. ISBN 978-87-635-3091-0.

Volume 3
Heiberg’s Introductory Lecture to the Logic Course and Other Texts, trans. and ed. by Jon Stewart (2007). Hardback. xvii+334pp. ISBN 978-87-635-3085-9.

Volume 4
Heiberg’s Contingency Regarded from the Point of View of Logic and Other Texts, trans. and ed. by Jon Stewart (2008). Hardback. vxi+457pp. ISBN 978-87-635-1099-8.

Volume 5
Mynster’s “Rationalism, Supernaturalism” and the Debate about Mediation, trans. and ed. by Jon Stewart (2009). Hardback. vxi+683pp. ISBN 978-87-635-3096-5.

Volume 6
Heiberg’s Perseus and Other Texts, trans. and ed. by Jon Stewart (2011). Hardback. xiii+406pp. ISBN 978-87-635-3170-2.

Volume 7
Sibbern’s Remarks and Investigations Primarily Concerning Hegel’s Philosophy,
trans. and ed. by Jon Stewart (2018). Hardback. xvi + 451pp. ISBN 978 87 635 4598 3.

Copenhagen: Museum Tusculanum Press

Kierkegaard and German CultureEditor-in-chief of the series Danish Golden Age Studies

Since 2007 Museum Tusculaum Press has been producing a monograph series entitled, Danish Golden Age Studies (ISSN: 1903-3338) under the general editorship of Professor Jon Stewart. The series is dedicated to advancing international research on different works, figures and discussions from the Danish Golden Age, i.e., the period from 1800 to around 1850 when writers and thinkers such as Hans Christian Andersen and Søren Kierkegaard were active.

This series features many different kinds of monographs, such as Ph.D. dissertations, Habilitation theses, and conference proceedings. The series is interdisciplinary and thus features research monographs in areas such as philosophy, theology, literature, history, aesthetics, art history and drama. The goal of this series is to promote international interest in and research on this rich cultural period of Danish history.

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The following volumes have been published to date:

Volume 1
K. Brian Soderquist, The Isolated Self: Truth and Untruth in Søren Kierkegaard’s On the Concept of Irony (2007). Hardback. viii+247pp. ISBN 978-87-635-3090-3.
Paperback edition: 2013. ISBN 978-87-635-4065-0.

Volume 2
Robert Leslie Horn, Positivity and Dialectic: A Study of the Theological Method of Hans Lassen Martensen (2007). Hardback. xviii+246pp. ISBN 978-87-635-3089-7.

Volume 3
Jon Stewart, A History of Hegelianism in Golden Age Denmark
Tome I: The Heiberg Period: 1824-1836 (2007). Hardback. xxi+629pp.
ISBN 978-87-635-3086-6.
Tome II: The Martensen Period: 1837-1842 (2007). Hardback. xx+775pp.
ISBN 978-87-635-3101-6.

Volume 4
Curtis L. Thompson, Following the Cultured Public’s Chosen One: Why Martensen Mattered to Kierkegaard (2008). Hardback. xvi+216pp. ISBN 978-87-635-1097-4.

Volume 5
Jon Stewart (editor), Johan Ludvig Heiberg: Philosopher, Littérateur, Dramaturge, and Political Thinker (2008). Hardback. xxii+548pp. ISBN 978-87-635-1096-7.

Volume 6
Jon Stewart (editor), Hans Lassen Martensen: Theologian, Philosopher and Social Critic (2012). Hardback. xv+351pp. ISBN 978-87-635-3169-6.

Volume 7
Jon Stewart (editor), The Heibergs and the Theater: Between Vaudeville, Romantic Comedy and National Drama (2012). Hardback. xi+267pp. ISBN 978-87-635-3897-8.

Volume 8
Katalin Nun, Women of the Danish Golden Age: Literature, Theater and the Emancipation of Women (2013). Hardback. xvi+180pp. ISBN 978-87-635-3913-5.

Volume 9
Jon Stewart, The Cultural Crisis of the Danish Golden Age: Heiberg, Martensen and Kierkegaard (2015). Hardback. xxii+337pp. ISBN 978-87-635-4269-2.

Volume 10
Gerhard Schreiber and Jon Stewart (editors), Magnús Eiríksson: A Forgotten Contemporary of Kierkegaard (2017). Hardback.
xiv+487pp. ISBN 978-87-635-4390-3.

of Kierkegaard Studies Yearbook (KSYB)

edited by Heiko Schulz, Jon Stewart and Karl Verstrynge
Berlin and New York: De Gruyter 1996-present

Since the Kierkegaard Studies Yearbook was first published in 1996, it has served as the leading periodical in the field. Starting in 2011 the Yearbook has been a peer-reviewed publication open to submissions by all Kierkegaard scholars. The Yearbook is published on behalf of the Søren Kierkegaard Research Centre at the University of Copenhagen. The goal of the Yearbook is to advance Kierkegaard studies by encouraging top-level scholarship in the field. The editorial and advisory boards are deeply committed to creating a genuinely international forum for publication which integrates the many different traditions of Kierkegaard studies and brings them into a constructive and fruitful dialogue. To this end the Yearbook publishes articles from all related fields (philosophy, theology, literary studies etc.) in English, French and German.

Kierkegaard Studies Yearbook 2017

Call for Papers:

The Kierkegaard Studies Yearbook invites submissions for the 2017 issue.

Deadline: October 31, 2016.

Submissions can at any time be sent to the editorial secretary, Peter Šajda at:

of Kierkegaard Studies Monograph Series (KSMS)

edited by Heiko Schulz, Jon Stewart and Karl Verstrynge
Berlin and New York: De Gruyter

Since the Kierkegaard Studies Monograph Series was first published in 1997, it has served as a leading book series in the field. Starting from 2011 the Monograph Series created a formal the peer-review process with a new editorial and advisory board. The Monograph Series is published on behalf of the Søren Kierkegaard Research Centre at the University of Copenhagen. The Monograph Series publishes outstanding monographs in all fields of Kierkegaard research. This includes Ph.D. dissertations, Habilitation theses, conference proceedings and single author works by senior scholars. The goal of the Monograph Series is to advance Kierkegaard studies by encouraging top-level scholarship in the field. The editorial and advisory boards are deeply committed to creating a genuinely international forum for publication which integrates the many different traditions of Kierkegaard studies and brings them into a constructive and fruitful dialogue. To this end the series publishes monographs in English and German.

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