Kierkegaard: A Single Life

Paperback | August 9, 2016

byStephen Backhouse

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Discover a new understanding of Kierkegaard’s thought and his life, a story filled with romance, betrayal, humor, and riots.

Kierkegaard, like Einstein and Freud, is one of those geniuses whose ideas permeate the culture and shape our world even when relatively few people have read their works. That lack of familiarity with the real Kierkegaard is about to change.

This lucid new biography by scholar Stephen Backhouse presents the genius as well as the acutely sensitive man behind the brilliant books. Scholarly and accessible, Kierkegaard: A Single Life introduces his many guises—the thinker, the lover, the recluse, the writer, the controversialist—in prose so compelling it reads like a novel.

One chapter examines Kierkegaard’s influence on our greatest cultural icons—Kafka, Barth, Bonhoeffer, Camus, and Martin Luther King Jr., to name only a few. A useful appendix presents an overview of each of Kierkegaard’s works, for the scholar and lay reader alike.

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Discover a new understanding of Kierkegaard’s thought and his life, a story filled with romance, betrayal, humor, and riots.Kierkegaard, like Einstein and Freud, is one of those geniuses whose ideas permeate the culture and shape our world even when relatively few people have read their works. That lack of familiarity with the real Kie...

Stephen Backhouse is the Lecturer in Social and Political Theology at Mellitus College, London. He has published a number of critically well-received books and articles on religion, history, and Kierkegaard, from the popular Compact Guide to Christian History for Lion through to the academic Kierkegaard’s Critique of Christian National...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:304 pages, 8.4 × 5.5 × 0.8 inPublished:August 9, 2016Publisher:ZondervanLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0310520908

ISBN - 13:9780310520900

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Table of Contents

I. A Controversial Life: The funeral and its aftermathII. Early Life: Birth, childhood and schoolIII. Family Life: Sisters, Brothers, Mother and FatherIV. Married Life: The courtship, engagement and abandonment of Regine OlsenV. Writing Life: Publishers, readers and pseudonyms VI. A Life Mocked: The Corsair and the campaign of public ridiculeVII. An Offensive Life: The attack upon ChristendomVIII. A Life Concluded: The death of Søren KierkegaardIX. A Life Continued: How Kierkegaard spread to the rest of the world: charlatans, farmers, Nazis, Panthers and InklingsGlossary of Names