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The Essential Kierkegaard - Soren Kierkegaard

The Essential Kierkegaard

Paperback Published: 30th May 2000
ISBN: 9780691019406
Number Of Pages: 536

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This is the most comprehensive anthology of Soren Kierkegaard's works ever assembled in English. Drawn from the volumes of Princeton's authoritative "Kierkegaard's Writings" series by editors Howard and Edna Hong, the selections represent every major aspect of Kierkegaard's extraordinary career. They reveal the powerful mix of philosophy, psychology, theology, and literary criticism that made Kierkegaard one of the most compelling writers of the nineteenth century and a shaping force in the twentieth. With an introduction to Kierkegaard's writings as a whole and explanatory notes for each selection, this is the essential one-volume guide to a thinker who changed the course of modern intellectual history.

The anthology begins with Kierkegaard's early journal entries and traces the development of his work chronologically to the final "The Changelessness of God." The book presents generous selections from all of Kierkegaard's landmark works, including "Either/Or, Fear and Trembling, Works of Love," and "The Sickness unto Death," and draws new attention to a host of such lesser-known writings as "Three Discourses on Imagined Occasions" and "The Lily of the Field and the Bird of the Air." The selections are carefully chosen to reflect the unique character of Kierkegaard's work, with its shifting pseudonyms, its complex dialogues, and its potent combination of irony, satire, sermon, polemic, humor, and fiction. We see the esthetic, ethical, and ethical-religious ways of life initially presented as dialogue in two parallel series of pseudonymous and signed works and later in the "second authorship" as direct address. And we see the themes that bind the whole together, in particular Kierkegaard's overarching concern with, in his own words, "What it means to exist; . . . what it means to be a human being."

Together, the selections provide the best available introduction to Kierkegaard's writings and show more completely than any other book why his work, in all its creativity, variety, and power, continues to speak so directly today to so many readers around the world.

Introductionp. ix
Early journal Entriesp. 3
From the Papers of One Still Livingp. 13
The Concept of Irony, with Continual Reference to Socratesp. 20
Either/Or, A Fragment of Life, Ip. 37
Either/Or, A Fragment of Life, IIp. 66
Four Upbuilding Discoursesp. 84
Fear and Tremblingp. 93
Repetitionp. 102
Philosophical Fragments, or a Fragment of Philosophyp. 116
Johannes Climacus, or De omnibus dubitandum. Estp. 126
The Concept of Anxietyp. 138
Prefacesp. 156 Three Di
Stages on Life's Wayp. 170
Concluding Unscientific Postscript to Philosophical Fragmentsp. 187
"The Activity of a Traveling Esthetician and How He Still Happened to Pay for the Dinner"p. 247
Two Ages: The Age of Revolution and The Present Age. A Literary Reviewp. 252
Upbuilding Discourses in Various Spiritsp. 269
Works of Lovep. 277
Christian Discoursesp. 312
The Lily in the Field and the Bird o the Airp. 333
Two Ethical-Religious Essaysp. 339
The Sickness unto Deathp. 350
Practice in Christianityp. 373
Two Discourses at the Communion on Fridaysp. 385
For Self-Examination [First series]p. 393
Judge for Yourself! For Self-Examination, Second seriesp. 404
The Book on Adlerp. 411
Faedrelandet Articles and The Momentp. 424
On My Work as an Author and The Point of View for My Work as an Authorp. 449
The Changelessness of Godp. 482
Acknowledgmentsp. 493
Notesp. 495
Bibliographyp. 505
Indexp. 507
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ISBN: 9780691019406
ISBN-10: 0691019401
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 536
Published: 30th May 2000
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 15.24  x 3.18
Weight (kg): 0.75