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Stages on Life's Way

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ISBN-10: 0691020493

ISBN-13: 9780691020495

Edition: 1989

Authors: S�ren Kierkegaard, Howard V. Hong, Edna H. Hong

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Stages on Life's Way, the sequel toEither/Or, is an intensely poetic example of Kierkegaard's vision of the three stages, or spheres, of existence: the esthetic, the ethical, and the religious. With characteristic love for mystification, he presents the work as a bundle of documents fallen by chance into the hands of "Hilarius Bookbinder," who prepared them for printing. The book begins with a banquet scene patterned on Plato's Symposium. (George Brandes maintained that "one must recognize with amazement that it holds its own in this comparison.") Next is a discourse by "Judge William" in praise of marriage "in answer to objections." The remainder of the volume, almost two-thirds of the…    
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Book details

List price: $57.50
Copyright year: 1989
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Publication date: 11/21/1988
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 808
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.50" long x 1.75" tall
Weight: 2.222
Language: English

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…