Hanson, J. (2011). Holy Hypochondria. Narrative and self-awareness in The Concept of Anxiety. Kierkegaard Studies (print version), 2001, 239-261.
This paper treats the final chapter of The Concept of Anxiety with a view to explaining what Vigilius Haufniensis means by being educated by possibility, which is the highest service performed by anxiety and contributes to heightened self-awareness. An explanation of the special sense of possibility at work in this section is offered and supported by reference to Haufniensis’ discussions of happiness, fortune, fate, providence, and sin-consciousness. The particular role of narrative in being educated by possibility is explained as a function of Haufniensis’ own self-understanding as a psychological observer and his mission to “infect” his readers with “holy hypochondria.”
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