Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name


Organizational Unit

Joint Ph.D. Program in Study of Religion

First Advisor

Jere O. Surber, Ph.D.

Second Advisor

Theodore Vial

Third Advisor

Edward Antonio


Anxiety, Existentialism, Heidegger, Kierkegaard, Phenomenology, Repetition


It is widely held that Martin Heidegger appropriated several existential concepts from Søren Kierkegaard in his 1927 work, Being and Time. Most scholars agree that Heidegger did not sufficiently credit Kierkegaard. What was the extent of the appropriation, and why did Heidegger not duly cite Kierkegaard? This work will focus on the concept of anxiety which appears throughout Being and Time and which was influenced by the concept of the same name presented in Kierkegaard's 1844 work The Concept of Anxiety. It will also be seen how the structure of Being and Time closely resembles that of Concept of Anxiety given that the first halves of both works focus on aspects of physical existence while the second halves concern temporal existence. Anxiety will serve as a starting point that will also connect Heidegger to Kierkegaard on related concepts such as Heidegger's concept of "fallenness" to Kierkegaard's "objective sin," and the concepts of "repetition" and "the moment" that appear in both works. Historical background concerning Heidegger's early academic career will also be given in order to gain insight on how Heidegger was influenced by Kierkegaard's thought and why Heidegger was reluctant to disclose this influence. It will be shown that while the background contexts of Being and Time and Concept of Anxiety differ greatly, the concept of anxiety is functionally similar between the two works.

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Rights Holder

Kenneth David Geter


Received from ProQuest

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218 p.


Regional Studies, Philosophy of Religion, Philosophy