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"Hannay writes as a seasoned philosopher and gifted translator, offering ample and even-handed expositions of Kierkegaard's published works and their immediate polemical contexts, and refusing to collapse their liveliness into a sorry bundle of suffering and self-pity....this prudent, tactful and canny new life is exactly what Kierkegaard needed." Times Literary Supplement
"Alastair Hannay has devoted enormous efforts to familiarize himself with what was going on in Denmark in Kierkegaard's time, and with the details of the controversies in which he embroiled himself. The result is a biography that gives us a much clearer understanding of many of Kierkegaard's writings, and is indispensible for anyone trying to follow the twists and turns of his thought." Richard Rorty, author of Contingency, Irony & Solidarity
"...a superb biography of a man whose life has often been misunderstood...The result is perhaps the best picture yet of Kierkegaard and his place in Western philosophical thought...this book should find its way into every academic and large public library." Library Journal
"Hannay advances an interpretive thesis that unties Kierkegaard's life with his work, thereby giving both a new integrity and coherence...remarkable thoroughness and plausibility...Compelling reading for anyone with an interest in modern philosophy." Booklist
"...a lucid and concientiously written book that pays dazzling attention to the fine details." Harper's
"[A] thorough intellectual biography..." The New Republic
"Hannay advances an interpetive thesis that unties Kierkgaard's life with his work, thereby giving both a new integrity and coherence....remarkable thoroughness and plausibility....Compelling reading for anyone with an interest in modern philosophy." Booklist
..."a lucid and conscientiously written book that pays dazzling attention to the fine details." Guy Davenport Harper's Magazine Aug. 2001
[A] thorough intellectual biography..." New Republic
Preface; Acknowledgements; 1. From street to salon: first blood; 2. The matter with Søren; 3. A Faustian phase; 4. The wild geese fly; 5. The dead and the living: debut; 6. Serious about irony: the dissertation; 7. The breach and Berlin: either/or; 8. Faith and tragic heroism; 9. More to being; 10. Notabene's meditation; 11. Completing the stages; 12. Concluding business; 13. Reviewing the age; 14. Refashioning the exterior; 15. Works of love; 16. Defining the deed; 17. Mischievous martyr; 18. 'Poor Kierkegaard; Bibliography.
Posted September 22, 2009
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