Kierkegaard's Writings, XV: Upbuilding Discourses in Various Spirits

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In his praise for Part I of Upbuilding Discourses in Various Spirits, the eminent Kierkegaard scholar Eduard Geismar said, "I am of the opinion that nothing of what he has written is to such a degree before the face of God. Anyone who really wants to understand Kierkegaard does well to begin with it." These discourses, composed after Kierkegaard had initially intended to end his public writing career, constitute the first work of his "second authorship." Characterized by Kierkegaard as ethical-ironic, Part One, ...
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Overview

In his praise for Part I of Upbuilding Discourses in Various Spirits, the eminent Kierkegaard scholar Eduard Geismar said, "I am of the opinion that nothing of what he has written is to such a degree before the face of God. Anyone who really wants to understand Kierkegaard does well to begin with it." These discourses, composed after Kierkegaard had initially intended to end his public writing career, constitute the first work of his "second authorship." Characterized by Kierkegaard as ethical-ironic, Part One, on the theme of "Purity of Heart Is to Will One Thing," offers a penetrating discussion of double-mindedness and ethical integrity; the irony lies in the relation between factuality and ideality. Part Two, "What We Learn from the Lilies in the Field and from the Birds of the Air," is humorous for Kierkegaard in that it exposes an inverted qualitative difference between the learner and the teacher. In Part Three, "The Gospel of Sufferings, Christian Discourses," the philosopher explores the theme of joy, as in "The Joy of It That the School of Sufferings Educates for Eternity."
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Editorial Reviews

Choice
These new translations are excellent.
European Legacy
The decision by Princeton University Press to publish a first paperback edition of the previously difficult to obtain 1993 hardback, Upbuilding Discourses in Various Spirits, provides a timely and especially welcome opportunity to review one of Søren Kierkegaard's (1813-55) most pastorally sensitive and lyrically evocative works.
— Simon D. Podmore
European Legacy - Simon D. Podmore
The decision by Princeton University Press to publish a first paperback edition of the previously difficult to obtain 1993 hardback, Upbuilding Discourses in Various Spirits, provides a timely and especially welcome opportunity to review one of Søren Kierkegaard's (1813-55) most pastorally sensitive and lyrically evocative works.
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"These new translations are excellent."--Choice

"The decision by Princeton University Press to publish a first paperback edition of the previously difficult to obtain 1993 hardback, Upbuilding Discourses in Various Spirits, provides a timely and especially welcome opportunity to review one of Søren Kierkegaard's (1813-55) most pastorally sensitive and lyrically evocative works."--Simon D. Podmore, European Legacy

"The definitive edition of the Writings. The first volume . . . indicates the scholarly value of the entire series: an introduction setting the work in the context of Kierkegaard's development; a remarkably clear translation; and concluding sections of intelligent notes."--Library Journal

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780691140773
  • Publisher: Princeton University Press
  • Publication date: 7/6/2009
  • Series: Kierkegaard's Writings Series
  • Pages: 464
  • Sales rank: 917,422
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Table of Contents

Historical Introduction
Upbuilding Discourses in Various Spirits
Pt. 1 An Occasional Discourse 3
Preface 5
On the Occasion of a Confession Purity of Heart Is to Will One Thing 7
Pt. 2 What We Learn from the Lilies in the Field and from the Birds of the Air 155
Preface 157
I [To Be Contented with Being a Human Being] 159
II [How Glorious It Is to Be a Human Being] 183
II [What Blessed Happiness Is Promised in Being a Human Being] 201
Pt. 3 The Gospel of Sufferings Christian Discourses 213
Preface 215
I [What Meaning and What Joy There Are in the Thought of Following Christ] 217
II [But How Can the Burden Be Light If the Suffering Is Heavy?] 230
III [The Joy of It That the School of Sufferings Educates for Eternity] 248
IV [The Joy of It That in Relation to God a Person Always Suffers as Guilty] 264
V [The Joy of It That It Is Not the Road That Is Hard but That Hardship Is the Road] 289
VI [The Joy of It That the Happiness of Eternity Still Outweighs Even the Heaviest Temporal Suffering] 306
VII [The Joy of It That Bold Confidence Is Able in Suffering to Take Power from the World and Has the Power to Change Scorn into Honor, Downfall into Victory] 321
Supplement 343
Key to References 344
Original Common Title Page and Part Title Pages 346
Selected Entries from Kierkegaard's Journals and Papers
Pertaining to Upbuilding Discourses in Various Spirits 354
Editorial Appendix 397
Acknowledgments 399
Collation of Upbuilding Discourses in Various Spirits in the Danish Editions of Kierkegaard's Collected Works 401
Notes 405
Bibliographical Note 423
Index 425
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