Kierkegaard: A Very Short Introduction: A Very Short Introduction

Paperback | February 15, 2002

byPatrick Gardiner

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Soren Kierkegaard (1813-55), one of the most original thinkers of the nineteenth century, wrote widely on religious, psychological, and literary themes. This book shows how Kierkegaard developed his views in emphatic opposition to prevailing opinions. It describes his reaction to the ethical and religious theories of Kant and Hegel, and it also contrasts his position with doctrines advanced by men like Feuerbach and Marx. Kierkegaard's seminaldiagnosis of the human condition, which emphasizes the significance of individual choice, has arguably been his most striking philosophical legacy, particularly for the growth of existentialism. Both that and his arresting but paradoxical conception of religious belief are critically discussed, andPatrick Gardiner concludes this lucid introduction by showing how Kierkegaard has influenced contemporary thought.

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Soren Kierkegaard (1813-55), one of the most original thinkers of the nineteenth century, wrote widely on religious, psychological, and literary themes. This book shows how Kierkegaard developed his views in emphatic opposition to prevailing opinions. It describes his reaction to the ethical and religious theories of ...

Patrick Gardiner was formerly an Emeritus Professor of Magdalen College, Oxford

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:144 pages, 6.85 × 4.37 × 0.37 inPublished:February 15, 2002Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

1. Life and character2. Philosophical background3. The immorality of an age4. Modes of existence5. Truth and subjectivity6. Freedom and the self7. Conclusion

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`Lucid sketch for the beginner of the thinking of the man who initially discarded theology for philosophy and literature and subsequently influenced theology more.'Patrick Lambe, New College, Oxford. Theological Book Review