Papers and Journals A Selection

ISBN-10: 0140445897

ISBN-13: 9780140445893

Edition: 1996

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This selection provides a comprehensive survey of the variety of Sore Kierkegaard's work. In his reflections, he explores the nature of humanity and existence, examining the value of individual choice and judgement.
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Book details

List price: $20.00
Copyright year: 1996
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 11/1/1996
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 704
Size: 5.08" wide x 7.80" long x 1.54" tall
Weight: 0.990

Born in Copenhagen, Denmark, S�ren Kierkegaard was the son of a wealthy middle-class merchant. He lived all his life on his inheritance, using it to finance his literary career. He studied theology at the University of Copenhagen, completing a master's thesis in 1841 on the topic of irony in Socrates. At about this time, he became engaged to a woman he loved, but he broke the engagement when he decided that God had destined him not to marry. The years 1841 to 1846 were a period of intense literary activity for Kierkegaard, in which he produced his "authorship," a series of writings of varying forms published under a series of fantastic pseudonyms. Parallel to these, he wrote a series of shorter Edifying Discourses, quasi-sermons published under his own name. As he later interpreted it in the posthumously published Point of View for My Work as an Author, the authorship was a systematic attempt to raise the question of what it means to be a Christian. Kierkegaard was persuaded that in his time people took the meaning of the Christian life for granted, allowing all kinds of worldly and pagan ways of thinking and living to pass for Christian. He applied this analysis especially to the speculative philosophy of German idealism. After 1846, Kierkegaard continued to write, publishing most works under his own name. Within Denmark he was isolated and often despised, a man whose writings had little impact in his own day or for a long time afterward. They were translated into German early in the twentieth century and have had an enormous influence since then, on both Christian theology and the existentialist tradition in philosophy.

Translator's Preface
1834-1836: The First Journal Entries and Their Background
1837-1839: Setting the Stage
1840-1845: Berlin and the First Round
1846-1847: Out of the Cloister
1848-1849: The Widening of the Rift
1850-1853: Preparing for the Fight
1854-1855: The Attack
Postscript: The End Or the Beginning
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