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Niels Jørgen Cappelørn

direktør, professor, dr.theol.h.c.

Phone: +45 33766911
Email: njc@sk.ku.dk

Office location:
1.sal nr. 247


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Date of Birth

February 11, 1945

Areas of Specialization

Kierkegaard Studies
Systematic Theology
Ethics
Danish Golden Age Theology
Textual Scholarship especially with regard to philosophical and theological texts

Degrees Achieved

  • 2003     Dr.theol. h.c., Johann Wolfgang Goethe-Universität Frankfurt am Main

  • 1996     Dr. of Humane Letters h.c., St. Olaf College, Minnesota

  • 1977     Pastoral Seminary

  • 1977     Master of Theology (cand.theol.), University of Copenhagen

Positions Held

  • 1994-     Director, Søren Kierkegaard Research Centre at Copenhagen University

  • 1980-1993     General Secretary, Danish Bible Society

  • 1978-1979     Research Fellow, Faculty of Theology, University of Copenhagen

  • 1977       Assistant Lecturer, Faculty of Theology, University of Copenhagen

Other Academic Activities

  • Examiner, Ilisimatusarfik / University of Greenland, 2005-present

  • Examiner, Faculty of Theology, University of Copenhagen, 1988-present

  • Examiner, Faculty of Theology, University of Aarhus, 1988-present

  • Member, Advisory Board for the Hong Kierkegaard Library, St. Olaf College, Minnesota, 2001-present

  • Member, the Review Committee for the Centre for Ibsen Studies, University of Oslo, 1996-1997

  • Chairman, Committee for Revision of the New Authorized Danish Translation of the Bible, 1987-1992

  • Member, Committee for Revision of the Danish Hymn Book, Ministry of Church Affairs, 1986-1988

  • Member, Board of Directors, Søren Kierkegaard Society (in Denmark), 1981-1987

Grants

  • 1973-1977 Søren Kierkegaards Papirer, anden forøgede udg., vol. XIV, Index A-F; vol. XV,
    Index G-Q; vol. XVI, Index R-Ø og Bibelindex, partly funded by Statens Humanistiske
    Forskningsråd (Danish Research Council for the Humanities)

  • 1973-1977 Søren Kierkegaards Papirer, anden forøgede udg., vol. XIV, Index A-F; vol. XV, Index G-Q; vol. XVI, Index R-Ø og Bibelindex, 1973-1978, partly funded by Carlsbergfondet

Group Grants

  • 2004-2006     Søren Kierkegaard Research Centre partly funded by Danmarks Grundforskningsfond (The Danish National Research Foundation)

  • 1999-2003     Søren Kierkegaard Research Centre funded by Danmarks Grundforskningsfond

  • 1994-1998     Søren Kierkegaard Research Centre funded by Danmarks Grundforskningsfond

Current Research Project

Dogmatics in Kierkegaard’s Discourses at Communion on Friday. Kierkegaard never wrote a dogmatics as such, let alone developed a dogmatic system, but the thesis of this project is that he sought to express parts of the (classic) Christian dogmatics in his discourses. In order to test this thesis, I will undertake a detailed exegesis of this thirteen published discourses at Communion on Friday, three of which he gave as sermons at Friday Communion in the Church of Our Lady in Copenhagen. The relevant passages from Kierkegaard's journals will also be investigated with the discourses. Thus the goal of the project is to bring to light and give an account of the dogmatic view, which forms the theological foundation for these discourses, especially Communion theology in relation to reconciliation theology and the doctrine of the real presence of Christ in relation to the concept of contemporaneity with Christ. Based on an investigation of soteriology in relation to theology of creation, I will undertake a theological-anthropological investigation of the relation between sin (hereditary sin) and the image of God, including the meaning of "longing" as a fundamental religious feeling. Against this background, an attempt will be made to pin down the theological and rhetorical strategy which Kierkegaard uses in his Communion discourses.

Memberships etc.

  • Member, The Danish Council of Ethics, 2007-present

  • Member, Wissenschaftliche Gesellschaft für Theologie, Fachgruppe Systematische Theologie, 2002-present

  • Member, Det Lærde Selskab i Aarhus (The Learned Society in Aarhus), 2001-present

  • Member, American Academy of Religion (AAR), 2000-present

  • Deutsch-Scandinavische Gesellschaft für Religionsphilosphie, 1995-1999

  • Member, Nordisk Netværk for Editionsfilologer (NNE), 1995-present

  • Member, Det Danske Sprog- og Litteraturselskab (Danish Language and Literature Society), 1989-present

Member, Editorial Boards

  • Editorial Board of the electronic edition of Søren Kierkegaards Skrifter (SKS-E), 2004-present

  • Editorial Board of the edition of Søren Kierkegaards Skrifter, 1994-present
     

  • Editorial Board of the Hungarian Kierkegaard Translation, Søren Kierkegaard Mávei, 2004-present

  • Editorial Board of the Chinese Kierkegaard Translation, Kierkegaard Anthology, 2001-present

  • Editorial Board of the French Kierkegaard Translation, Søren Kierkegaard Journaux et cahiers de notes, 2001-present

  • Editorial Board of the German Kierkegaard Translation, Deutsche Søren Kierkegaard Edition. Journale und Aufzeichnungen, 2000-present

  • Editorial Board of the English Kierkegaard Translation, Kierkegaard’s Journals and Notebooks, 2000-present

  • Editorial Board of the Spanish Kierkegaard Translation, Escritos Søren Kierkegaard, 1998-present
     

  • Editorial Board, Kierkegaard Studies: Monograph Series, 1996-present

  • Editorial Board, Kierkegaard-Studies: Yearbook, 1995-present
     

  • Executive Editorial Board, New Danish Translation of the New Testament, 1985-1991

  • Editorial Board, New Danish Translation of the Apostolic Fathers, 1982-1985
     

  • Editorial Board, Kierkegaardiana, 1982-1987

     

Selected publications

Books

  • Tekstspejle. Om Søren Kierkegaard som bogtilrettelægger, boggiver og bogsamler (with Gert Posselt and Bent Rohde), Esbjerg: Rosendahls Forlag 2002.

  • Skriftbilleder. Søren Kierkegaards journaler, notesbøger, hæfter, ark, lapper og strimler (with Joakim Garff and Johnny Kondrup), Copenhagen: Gads Forlag 1996 (English: Written Images. Søren Kierkegaard’s Journals, Notebooks, Booklets, Sheets, Scraps, and Slips of Paper, transl. by Bruce H. Kirmmse, Princeton and Oxford: Princeton University Press 2003).

  • Søren Kierkegaards Papirer, anden forøgede udg., vol. XIV, Index A-F, Copenhagen: Gyldendal 1975; vol. XV, Index G-Q, Copenhagen: Gyldendal 1976; vol. XVI, Index R-Ø og Bibelindex, Copenhagen: Gyldendal 1978.

Works Coedited

  • Gregor Malantschuk Frihed og Eksistens. Studier i Søren Kierkegaards tænkning, udg. af Niels Jørgen Cappeløn og Paul Müller, Copenhagen: C.A. Reitzel 1980.

Selected Articles

  • Spleen Essentially Canceled – yet a Little Spleen Retained: Remarks to Alastair Hannay’s Abridgement and Translation of Either/Or,” trans. by K. Brian Söderquist, in Kierkegaard on Ethics, Love, and Faith: Festschrift to Alastair Hannay, fortcomming, 2008.

  • “Sequela, peccato, perdono, sequela,” trad. di Etorre Rocca, in Kierkegaard contemporaneo. Ripresa, pentimento, perdono, eds. Umberto Regina e Ettore Rocca (Filosofia. Nuova serie 42), Brescia: Editrice Morcelliana 2007, pp. 265-277.

  • “Longing for Reconciliation with God: A Fundamental Theme in ‘Friday Communion Discouses,’ Fourth Part of Christian Discourses,” trans. by K. Brian Söderquist, in Kierkegaard Studies: Yearbook 2007, Berlin & New York: Walter de Gruyter 2007, pp. 318-336.

  • “Søren Kierkegaard at Friday Communion in the Church of Our Lady,” trans. by K. Brian Söderquist, ii International Kierkegaard Commentary: Without Authority, vol. 18, ed. by Robert L. Perkins, Macon, Georgia: Mercer University Press 2007, pp. 255-294.

  • “Brev fra Peter Christian Zahle om Kierkegaards sygeleje, død og begravelse” / “A Letter from Peter Christian Zahle concerning Kierkegaard’s Illness, Death, and Funeral,” trans. by K. Brian Söderquist, in Kierkegaard Studies: Yearbook 2006, Berlin & New York: Walter de Gruyter 2006, pp. 271-315 and pp. 316-356.

  • “Gottebenbildlichkeit und Sündenfall. Aspekte der Anthropologie Grundtvigs und Kierkegaards vor dem Hintergrund des Irenäus,” übers. v. Richard Purkarthofer, in Theologie zwischen Pragmatismus und Existenzdenken. Festschrift für Hermann Deuser zum 60. Geburtstag, Marburg: N.G. Elwert Verlag 2006, pp. 429-467.

  • “Einblicke in die Schreibwerkstatt Kierkegaards. Die neue Edition führt zurück zu den Originaltexten Kierkegaards,” übers. v. Hermann Deuser, in Kennzeichen DK. Mitteilungen aus und über Dänemark, herausg. Kgl. Dänische Botschaft, Nr. 74, Dezember 2005, 19. Jahrg., pp. 5-6.

  • ’Ypperstepræsten’ – ‘Tolderen’ – ‘Synderinden’ & To Taler ved Altergangen om Fredagen” in Den udødelige. Kierkegaard læst værk for værk, red. af Tonny Aagaard Olesen og Pia Søltoft, Copenhagen: C.A. Reitzel 2005, pp. 331-350.

  • “The Movements of Offense Toward, Away From, and Within Faith: ‘Blessed is he who is not offended at me’,” trans. by K. Brian Söderquist, in International Kierkegaard Commentary: Practice in Christianity, vol. 20, ed. by Robert L. Perkins, Macon, Georgia: Mercer University Press 2004, pp. 95-124.

  • “Gudbilledlighed og syndefald: Aspekter af Grundtvigs og Kierkegaards menneskesyn på baggrund af Irenæus” in Grundtvig Studier 2004, pp. 134-178.

  • “Kierkegaard, Søren Aabye” (with Hermann Deuser) in Religion in Geschichte und Gegenwart, Band 4, I-K, Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck 2001, columns 954-958.

  • “The Incisive Lightning Strike of Genius,” trans. by Stacey E. Ake, in Overlaps. North – Southeast. Danish Contemporary Art and Architecture, Sharjah Art Museum 2000, pp. 87-91, from behind (Arabic translation, from ahead, pp. 47-52).

  • “Søren Kierkegaard til altergang om fredagen i Frue Kirke” in Dansk Teologisk Tidsskrift, 63. årg., 2000, pp. 1-35.

  • “Fra Fraktur til Palatino. Om udgivelse af Søren Kierkegaards Skrifter udgivet af Søren Kierkegaard Forskningscenteret” (with Bent Rohde) in Grafiana 1998, pp. 76-89.

  • “Gennem fortvivlelse og forargelse til troen. Eller: Det religiøse og kristelige stadium ifølge Climacus og Anti-Climacus,” in Studier i Stadier, Copenhagen: C.A. Reitzel 1998, pp. 136-152 (Chinese Trans. by Wang Qi in World Philosophy, No. 4, July 2006, pp. 57-67).

  • “Søren Kierkegaards Skrifter i ny udgave,” in Kulturbrev 9, Copenhagen: Undervisningsministeriet 1996, pp. 20-39 (Japanese Trans. by Jun Hashimoto in Shingaku-Kenkyu Theological Studies, vol. 45, March 1998, pp. 71-96, and in New Perspectives of Studies on Kierkegaard and the Scope of Contemporary Christian Theology: Essays Published Commemorating the 150th Anniversary of Søren Kierkegard’s Death, ed. Søren Kierkegaard Research Centre in Japan, Kwansei University Press: Kwansei 2006, pp. 45-75).

  • “Die ursprüngliche Unterbrechung. Søren Kierkegaard beim Abendmahl im Freitagsgottesdienst in der Kopenhagener Frauenkirche”, übers. v. Krista Deuser, in Kierkegaard Studies: Yearbook 1996, Berlin & New York: Walter de Gruyter 1996, pp. 315-388.

  • “Perspectives in Kierkegaard Research” (with Hermann Deuser) in Kierkegaard Studies: Yearbook 1996, Berlin & New York: Walter de Gruyter 1996, pp. 1-14.

  • “/ 6"J"<`0F0 ?<"*D@:46äF,” trans. by Sophia Scopetéa, in +A?AI+3! 79, Athen 1983, pp. ??-??.

  • “The Retrospektive Understanding of Kierkegaard’s Total Production,” trans. by Michael Plekon, in Kierkegaard. Resources and Results, ed. by Alastair McKinnon, Montreal: Wilfried Laurier University Press 1982, and in Søren Kierkegaard: Critical Assessments of Leading Philosophers, vol. I, ed. by Daniel W. Conway, London: Routledge 2002, s. 19-36

  • “Kierkegaard’s Literary Production by Quarterly Rates” (with Alastair McKinnon) in Danske Studier, 1982, pp. 19-34.

  • “Et forsøg på en bestemmelse af begrebet forargelse hos Søren Kierkegaard” in Dansk Teologisk Tidsskrift, 38. årg., 1975, pp.197-229.

  • “Kierkegaards eigener Gesichtspunkt: ‘Vorwärts zu leben, aber rückwärts zu verstehen’,” übers. v. Hermann Deuser, in Neue Zeitschrift für systematische Theologie und Religionsphilosophie, 17. Band, 1975, Heft 1, pp. 61-75.

  • “The Periode of Composition of Kierkegaard’s Published Works” (with Alastair McKinnon) in Kierkegaardiana IX, 1975, pp. 133-146.

  • “Fire ‘nye’ Kierkegaard-dedikationer” in Kierkegaardiana IX, 1975, pp. 248-266.

  • “Et hidtil ukendt brev fra Kierkegaard til den kendte ‘Hr. Kold i Fredensborg’ “ in Kierkegaardiana IX, 1975, pp. 267-270.

Explanatory Notes

  • “Kommentarer til Enten – Eller. Første del” (with C.H. Koch, Finn Hauberg Mortensen, Nils Holger Petersen) and “Kommentarer til Enten – Eller. Anden del” (with Wilfried Greve, Finn Hauberg Mortensen) in Søren Kierkegaards Skrifter, vol. K2-3, Copenhagen: Gads Forlag 1997, pp. 85-242; pp. 243-347.

  • “Kommentarer til Begrebet Angest” (with Flemming Harrits, Heiko Schulz) in Søren Kierkegaards Skrifter, vol. K4, Copenhagen: Gads Forlag 1998, pp. 341-530.

  • “Kommentarer til To opbyggelige Taler, 1843” (with Søren Bruun);
    “Kommentarer til Tre opbyggelige Taler, 1843” (with Søren Bruun);
    “Kommentarer til Fire opbyggelige Taler, 1843” (with Søren Bruun);
    “Kommentarer til To opbyggelige Taler, 1844” (with Søren Bruun);
    “Kommentarer til Tre opbyggelige Taler, 1844”;
    “Kommentarer til Fire opbyggelige Taler, 1844”;
    “Kommentarer til Tre Taler ved tænkte Leiligheder”
    in Søren Kierkegaards Skrifter, vol. K5, Copenhagen: Gads Forlag 1998, pp. 33-58; pp.81-119; pp. 135-176; pp. 193-224; pp. 237-284; pp. 313-378; pp. 405-465.

  • “Kommentarer til ‘Skyldig?’ – ‘Ikke-Skyldig?’” (with Johnny Kondrup, Tonny Aagaard Olesen) in Søren Kierkegaards Skrifter, vol. K6, Copenhagen: Gads Forlag 1999, pp. 213-402.

  • “Kommentarer til Opbyggelige Taler i forskjellig Aand” (with Flemming Harrits) in Søren Kierkegaards Skrifter, vol. K8, Copenhagen: Gads Forlag 2004, pp. 199-338.

  • “Kommentarer til Christelige Taler” in Søren Kierkegaards Skrifter, vol. K10, Copenhagen: Gads Forlag 2004, pp. 85-269.

  • “Kommentarer til Lilien paa Marken og Fuglen under Himlen. Tre gudelige Taler” and “Kommentarer til ‘Ypperstepræsten’ – ‘Tolderen’ – ‘Synderinden’, tre Taler ved Altergangen om Fredagen” in Søren Kierkegaards Skrifter, vol. K11, Copenhagen: Gads Forlag 2006, pp. 35-56; pp. 277-303.

  • “Kommentarer til ‘Fra Høiheden vil han drage Alle til sig. Christelige Udviklinger’” (nr. III in Indøvelse i Chrsitendom);
    “Kommentarer til En opbyggelig Tale”;
    “Kommentarer til To Taler ved Altergangen om Fredagen
    in Søren Kierkegaards Skrifter, vol. K12, Copenhagen: Gads Forlag 2008, pp. 199-281; pp. 313-325; pp. 359-386.

  • “Kommentarer til Journalen AA” (with Heinrich Anz, Per Dahl, Carl Henrik Koch, Lars Peter Rømhild);
    “Kommentarer til Journalen DD” (with Per Dahl, Carl Henrik Koch, Lars Peter Rømhild)
    in Søren Kierkegaards Skrifter, vol. K17, Copenhagen: Gads Forlag 2000, pp. 23-129; pp. 371-507.

  • “Kommentarer til Journalen EE” (with Flemming Conrad, Per Dahl, Carl Henrik Koch);
    “Kommentarer til Journalen FF” (with Per Dahl, Carl Henrik Koch);
    “Kommentarer til Journalen GG”;
    “Kommentarer til Journalen HH” (with Christian Fink Tholstrup);
    “Kommentarer til Journalen KK” (with Carl Henrik Koch)
    in Søren Kierkegaards Skrifter, vol. K18, Copenhagen: Gads Forlag 2001, pp. 19-102; pp. 113-175; pp. 171-175; pp. 185-201; 489-561.

  • “Kommentarer til Notesbog 1” (with Christian Fink Tolstrup);
    “Kommentarer til Notesbog 5”;
    “Kommentarer til Notesbog 9” (with Jon Stewart);
    “Kommentarer til Notesbog 10” (with Jon Stewart, Peter Tudvad)
    in Søren Kierkegaards Skrifter, vol. K19, Copenhagen: Gads Forlag 2001, pp. 15-106; pp. 229-237; pp. 331-388; pp. 389-412.

  • “Kommentarer til journalen NB” (with Joakim Garff, Christian Fink Tolstrup);
    “Kommentarer til journalen NB2” (with Christian Fink Tolstrup);
    “Kommentarer til journalen NB3” (with Peter Tudvad)
    in Søren Kierkegaards Skrifter, vol. K20, Copenhagen: Gads Forlag 2003, pp. 19-119; pp. 131-234; pp. 243-283.

  • “Kommentarer til journalen NB10” in Søren Kierkegaards Skrifter, vol. K21, Copenhagen: Gads Forlag 2003, pp. 231-337.

  • “Kommentarer til journalen NB12” in Søren Kierkegaards Skrifter, vol. K22, Copenhagen: Gads Forlag 2005, pp. 179-342.

  • “Kommentarer til Journalen NB15” (with Peter Tudvad);
    “Kommentarer til Journalen NB16”;
    “Kommentarer til Journalen NB19”;
    “Kommentarer til Journalen NB20” (with Tonny Aaagaard Olesen)
    in Søren Kierkegaards Skrifter, vol. K23, Copenhagen: Gads Forlag 2007, pp. 19-153; pp. 167-249; pp. 429-497; pp. 513-607.

  • “Kommentarer til Journalen NB21”;
    “Kommentarer til Journalen NB22”;
    “Kommentarer til Journalen NB23”
    in Søren Kierkegaards Skrifter, vol. K24, Copenhagen: Gads Forlag 2007, pp. 17-120; pp. 133-261; pp. 275-433.

Accounts of the Text

  • “Tekstredegørelse til To opbyggelige Taler, 1843” (with Søren Bruun);
    “Tekstredegørelse til To opbyggelige Taler, 1844” (with Søren Bruun);
    “Tekstredegørelse til Fire opbyggelige Taler, 1844” (with Jette Knudsen);
    “Tekstredegørelse til Tre Taler ved tænkte Leiligheder” (with Jette Knudsen)
    in Søren Kierkegaards Skrifter, vol. K5, Copenhagen: Gads Forlag 1998, pp. 9-31; pp. 181-191; pp. 287-312; pp. 381-403.

  • “Tekstredegørelse til Journalen FF” (with Jette Knudsen) in Søren Kierkegaards Skrifter, vol. K18, Copenhagen: Gads Forlag 2001, pp. 105-112.






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