"... the most important contribution to Kierkegaard studies to be published in English in recent years.... Not only is it a fascinating, surprising, and perceptive study of Kierkegaard within his time and world, Kirmmse has produced a research resource, a reference work, that is simply without parallel or equal." -Michael Plekon
"It is a rare work of philosophy that not only clarifies its subject but also places it within an intellectual and historical context. In his study of 19th-century Danish philosopher Kierkegaard, Kirmmse accomplishes both, setting a standard... " -Library Journal
"... an outstanding contribution to Kierkegaard research... The book is intellectual history of the highest calibre." -So[slash]ren Kierkegaard Newsletter
"This excellent book is recommended for all collections on Kierkegaard... For all readers." -Choice
"This richly researched and readable book supplies an important contribution to the widespread reappropriation of Kierkegaard's thought currently taking place."-Theology Today
"This book is a tour de force in intellectual history." -Review of Metaphysics
"Kirmmse's book is a major work of scholarship that confers on Kierkegaard's social and intellectual universe a depth and a richness of detail that will permanently alter the familiar stereotypes about Kierkegaard's isolation from his fellow Danes and his supposedly fanatical campaign against philistine Denmark and its corrupt state church." -American Historical Review
Against the background of Denmark's evolution from a mercantile economy to a broad-based agricultural economy, Kirmmse reinterprets Kierkegaard's thought as a reaction to the tensions within his society.