Bob Dylan and the Spheres of Existence (Hardcover)

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Bob Dylan and the Spheres of Existence (Hardcover)

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Bob Dylan and the Spheres of Existence shows that existential questions lie at the heart of Bob Dylan's songwriting-a point that will developed with the help of renowned Danish philosopher S ren Kierkegaard. One of the focal points of Kierkegaard's authorship is the journey towards authentic selfhood. Famously, he thematizes this journey in terms of existential "spheres"-the aesthetic, the ethical, and the religious. Whereas the aesthetic involves a preference for immediacy, the ethical has to do with achieving a sense of personal identity by way of living for enduring commitments and values. Yet, higher than both of these stages is the religious, which initially concerns the immanent human quest for eternal life but, for Kierkegaard, ultimately comes to rest in God's transcendent self-revelation in Jesus Christ. This book argues that Kierkegaard's theory can help us deepen our understanding of and relation to Dylan's art. Just as Kierkegaard presupposes existential "movement" and transformation, so is Dylan celebrated for his shifting personae and philosophical variance. But this is not mere aesthetic dabbling on Dylan's part. On the contrary, his diverse "masks" and voices encourage his audience to engage the worldview being presented, albeit in such a way that religious faith is identified as humanity's source of ultimate meaning.
Christopher B. Barnett is professor of theology and religious studies at Villanova University.
Product Details ISBN: 9781978710689
ISBN-10: 1978710682
Publisher: Fortress Academic
Publication Date: March 31st, 2023
Pages: 200
Language: English