Søren Kierkegaard

Danish philosopher and theologian, precursor of Existentialism

1813   -   1855

movement: fideism, existentialism, Christian existentialism
genre: pamphlet, novel, discourse, diary, essay
country of citizenship: Denmark
native language: Danish
educated at: University of Copenhagen, Østre Borgerdyd school
occupation: philosopher, theologian, poet, writer, novelist, literary critic
student of: Poul Martin Møller, Frederik Christian Sibbern, Hans Lassen Martensen
influenced by: Aristotle, Augustine of Hippo, Johann Georg Hamann, Immanuel Kant, Gotthold Ephraim Lessing, Martin Luther, Friedrich Wilhelm Joseph Schelling, Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel

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Søren Aabye Kierkegaard ( SORR-ən KEER-kə-gard; Danish: [ˈsɶːɐ̯n̩ ˈkiɐ̯ɡəɡɒːˀ] (listen); 5 May 1813 – 11 November 1855) was a Danish philosopher, theologian, poet, social critic and religious author who is widely considered to be the first existentialist philosopher. He wrote critical texts on organized religion, Christendom, morality, ethics, psychology, and the philosophy of religion, displaying a fondness for metaphor, irony and parables. Much of his philosophical work deals with the issues of how one lives as a "single individual", giving priority to concrete human reality over abstract thinking and highlighting the importance of personal choice and commitment. He was against literary critics who defined idealist intellectuals and philosophers of his time, and thought that Swedenborg, Hegel, Fichte, Schelling, Schlegel and Hans Christian Andersen were all "understood" far too quickly by "scholars".Kierkegaard's theological work focuses on Christian ethics, the institution of the Church, the differences between purely objective proofs of Christianity, the infinite qualitative distinction between man and God, and the individual's subjective relationship to the God-Man Jesus the Christ, which came through faith. Much of his work deals with Christian love. He was extremely critical of the practice of Christianity as a state religion, primarily that of the Church of Denmark. His psychological work explored the emotions and feelings of individuals when faced with life choices.Kierkegaard's early work was written under the various pseudonyms that he used to present distinctive viewpoints and to interact with each other in complex dialogue. He explored particularly complex problems from different viewpoints, each under a different pseudonym. He wrote many Upbuilding Discourses under his own name and dedicated them to the "single individual" who might want to discover the meaning of his works. Notably, he wrote: "Science and scholarship want to teach that becoming objective is the way. Christianity teaches that the way is to become subjective, to become a subject." While scientists can learn about the world by observation, Kierkegaard emphatically denied that observation could reveal the inner workings of the world of the spirit.Some of Kierkegaard's key ideas include the concept of "subjective and objective truths", the knight of faith, the recollection and repetition dichotomy, angst, the infinite qualitative distinction, faith as a passion, and the three stages on life's way. Kierkegaard wrote in Danish and the reception of his work was initially limited to Scandinavia, but by the turn of the 20th century his writings were translated into French, German, and other major European languages. By the mid-20th century, his thought exerted a substantial influence on philosophy, theology, and Western culture.
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1st published work of S. Kierkegaard (pen name Victor Eremita) in 2 volumes in 1843; outlines a theory of human existence, marked by the distinction between a hedonistic, aesthetic mode of life and the ethical life predicated upon commitment

author: Søren Kierkegaard

1843

Fear and Trembling

book by Søren Kierkegaard

author: Søren Kierkegaard

1843

The Sickness Unto Death

book by Søren Kierkegaard

author: Søren Kierkegaard

1849

Christian Discourses

book by Søren Kierkegaard

author: Søren Kierkegaard

1848

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