In this article, the author seeks to provide the first comprehensive typology of philosophical
approaches to the book of Qohelet (Ecclesiastes). Six overlapping, yet functionally distinct,
meta-philosophical categories are identified, namely (1) general philosophical profiling,
(2) ancient philosophical comparisons, (3) modern philosophical comparisons, (4) topical
philosophical exegesis, (5) philosophical reception histories and actualisations and (6) antiphilosophical
readings. The conclusion of the study is that research on Qohelet in relationship
to philosophy is quantitatively more complex and multifaceted than traditional overviews
tend to show.
Intradisciplinary and/or interdisciplinary implications: This study challenges the context
of currently available perspectives on Qohelet in relationship to philosophy, resulting in
the provisioning of a quantitatively more functional framework for meta-philosophical
commentary, which in turn both demands and makes possible a change in the way
philosophical approaches to the text are construed.