Johannes Climacus: A Life of Doubt

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Johannes Climacus is a novel, as well as a work of philosophy, which tells the tale of what befalls young Johannes Climacus as he decides to become a philosopher. At first he is in awe of the great thinkers, especially Hegel and Hegelians, and sets out to follow their philosophical example by exploring the maxim "Everything must be doubted." The more he examines this idea, however, the more he realizes how deluded his philosophical heroes are. Johannes Climacus demonstrates that philosophy can be humorous and ...
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Johannes Climacus is a novel, as well as a work of philosophy, which tells the tale of what befalls young Johannes Climacus as he decides to become a philosopher. At first he is in awe of the great thinkers, especially Hegel and Hegelians, and sets out to follow their philosophical example by exploring the maxim "Everything must be doubted." The more he examines this idea, however, the more he realizes how deluded his philosophical heroes are. Johannes Climacus demonstrates that philosophy can be humorous and entertaining as well as conceptually rigorous.

Born in 1813, Søren Kierkegaard was a Danish Christian thinker who was a forerunner of existentialism—he concerned himself with the utter isolation of the individual and the mysterious uncertainty of existence. His best known works include Fear and Trembling and Concluding Unscientific Postscript. Kierkegaard died in 1855.

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Kierkegaard set philosophy on its ear with this novel. The young title character decides to follow in the footsteps of his philosopher heroes. As he tries to adapt to their ways, however, he realizes that the paradigms proposed by Hegel and others are virtually impossible to live by and that these great thinkers in truth were frauds. Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
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  • ISBN-13: 9781852426699
  • Publisher: Serpent's Tail Publishing Ltd
  • Publication date: 1/1/2001
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 96
  • Product dimensions: 5.10 (w) x 7.70 (h) x 0.30 (d)

Table of Contents

Editor's introduction 1
Johannes Climacus 9
A satisfaction to note 13
Introduction 15
Part 127
Introduction 29
1. Modern philosophy begins with doubt 35
2. Philosophy begins with doubt 49
3. In order to philosophize one must have doubted 67
Part 271
Introduction 73
1. What is it to doubt? 77
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