Kierkegaard,Eve and Metaphors of Birth


My latest book, Kierkegaard,Eve and Metaphors of Birth,  is just out, May 2015, with Rowman and Littlefield. Below are some review comments:


In a brilliant, richly contextualized ‘speculative’ naturalist (re-)reading of Kierkegaard, Alison Assiter makes out a powerful case that – as Indigenous peoples have known from time immemorial and most other moderns have all but forgotten – nature is our mother, and evil is most fundamentally losing sight of this.
Kierkegaard, Eve and Metaphors of Birth is philosophy at its best, addressing the really big issues of our time.

(Mervyn Hartwig, Journal of Critical Realism)

Kierkegaard, Eve and Metaphors of Birth is a passionately written and challenging text which engages with an important and neglected topic in the history of philosophy, namely natality and its links with an ontology of becoming. Focusing on biological reproduction as well as the treatment of women in Kierkegaard's texts, it develops further and deepens the arguments of Assiter's Kierkegaard, Metaphysics and Political Theory (2009).
(Christine Battersby, Reader Emerita in Philosophy, Univeristy of Warwick)

A startling and original book. Assiter's profound engagement with Kierkegaard's ontology results in a compelling ecological and feminist reinterpretation of his work. This is required reading for those wishing to move beyond the clichés of Kierkegaard's heroic individualism.
(Steven Shakespeare, Senior Lecturer in Philosophy, Liverpool Hope University.)

Review article of Kierkegaard, Metaphysics and Political Theory

  • Beyond the Liberal Self. MORGAN, JAMIE // Journal of Critical Realism;2011, Vol. 10 Issue 3, p392 

    In the following short essay I set out the key insights and main arguments by chapter of Alison Assiter's Kierkegaard. This text is an important contribution to the general subject matter of realizable well-being. In a final section I discuss possible elaborations and limitations and challenges...