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Title: Witness and profession : clerical professionalism in the light of Soren Kierkegaard's 'Attack upon Christendom'
Author: Black, A. C.
Awarding Body: University of Edinburgh
Current Institution: University of Edinburgh
Date of Award: 1994
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The thesis is concerned with the relationship of Soren Kierkegaard's later thought to contemporary issues surrounding professionalism and the role of the ordained ministry. It attempts to show how Kierkegaard can inform our understanding of professionalism and in turn the insights this can bring to our interpretation of his work. In order to do this the thesis provides an account of Kierkegaard's thought setting this in its historical and literary context, followed by a careful analysis of his understanding of society and the role of the clergy in the "Attack Upon Christendom" and his later works. It then turns to some of the contemporary issues surrounding the problem of clerical professionalisation and the changing nature of social values. Thereafter, it looks at what insights Kierkegaard's work brings to these issues and the possible directions it suggests for the future of professionalism and the ordained ministry.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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