My name is John Haman and I am a doctoral student in the Journalism and Mass Communication department at the University of Iowa.  I have a master’s degree in religious studies from Iowa where I spent time studying the writings and impact of Søren Kierkegaard.  My thesis attempted to conceptualize a model of Christian friendship based on Kierkegaard’s notion of “neighbor love” found in his book, Works of Love.

Although SK is primarily known as an “existentialist” thinker focused on introspection and self-development, I believe that many themes found in his work, like Christian love and friendship, are inherently social concepts that defy a strictly individualistic viewpoint.  This belief has prompted me to investigate how SK’s philosophy can be applied to contemporary social issues, including the media, ethics and online interaction.  This website is intended to trace these inquiries to see where they may lead, while also engaging other scholars interested in applying a Kierkegaardian lens to communication research.

I can be reached at my university email: john-haman@uiowa.edu

Thanks for stopping by.


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  1. Hi John,
    I read your thesis and honestly enjoyed it. I have recently read Works of Love and found it to be immensely enlightening and relevant. Criticism that I have read regarding Kierkegaard’s ideas typically do not sit well with me, and I was relieved to find that your views on the text matched mine. Aside from that, your writing is very engaging and straightforward without becoming blunt or simplistic. Well done!

    • Thank you for your comment! I’m honored that you took the time to read my thesis and relieved that you found it worth your time (one always doubts whether anybody else finds their writing interesting in the least).

      I apologize for the lateness of my comment, I’m just getting back into blogging. I hope you continue to engage the content here and please feel free to post additional comments!

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