Kierkegaard's Writings, XVII: Christian Discourses: The Crisis and a Crisis in the Life of an Actress.

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First published in 1848, Christian Discourses is a quartet of pieces written and arranged in contrasting styles. Parts One and Three, "The Cares of the Pagans" and "Thoughts That Wound from Behind--for Upbuilding," serve as a polemical overture to Kierkegaard's collision with the established order of Christendom. Yet Parts Two and Four, "Joyful Notes in the Strife of Suffering" and "Discourses at the Communion on Fridays," are reassuring affirmations of the joy and blessedness of Christian life in a world of adversity and suffering. Written in ordinary language, the work combines simplicity and inwardness with reflection and presents crucial Christian concepts and presuppositions with unusual clarity.

Kierkegaard continued in the pattern that he began with his first pseudonymous esthetic work, Either/Or, by pairing Christian Discourses with The Crisis, an unsigned esthetic essay on contemporary Danish actress Joanne Luise Heiberg.

This collection of philosophical pieces by Kierkegaard were written after the experience of Holy Week of 1848.

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These new translations are excellent.
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"These new translations are excellent."--Choice

"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: 9780691140780
  • Publisher: Princeton University Press
  • Publication date: 9/21/2009
  • Series: Kierkegaard's Writings Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 512
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 1.14 (d)

Meet the Author

Howard V. Hong, the former Director of the Howard and Edna Hong Kierkegaard Library at St. Olaf College, is the General Editor of Kierkegaard's Writings. Edna H. Hong is a poet, writer, and translator who has collaborated with Professor Hong on other English translations of Kierkegaard's work.

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Table of Contents

Historical Introduction
Pt. 1 The Cares of the Pagans 3
Introduction 9
I The Care of Poverty 13
II The Care of Abundance 23
III The Care of Lowliness 37
IV The Care of Loftiness 48
V The Care of Presumptuousness 60
VI The Care of Self-Torment 70
VII The Care of Indecisiveness, Vacillation, and Disconsolateness 81
Pt. 2 States of Mind in the Strife of Suffering 93
I The Joy of It: That One Suffers Only Once But Is Victorious Eternally 95
II The Joy of It: That Hardship Does Not Take Away But Procures Hope 106
III The Joy of It: That the Poorer You Become the Richer You Are Able to Make Others 114
IV The Joy of It: That the Weaker You Become the Stronger God Becomes in You 124
V The Joy of It: That What You Lose Temporally You Gain Eternally 134
VI The Joy of It: That When I "Gain Everything" I Lose Nothing at All 144
VII The Joy of It: That Adversity Is Prosperity 150
Pt. 3 Thoughts That Wound from Behind - for Upbuilding 161
I Watch Your Step When You Go to the House of the Lord 163
II "See, We Have Left Everything and Followed You; What Shall We Have?" (Matthew 19:27) - and What Shall We Have? 176
III All Things Must Serve Us for Good - When We Love God 188
IV There Will Be the Resurrection of the Dead, of the Righteous - and of the Unrighteous 202
V We Are Closer to Salvation Now - Than When We Became Believers 214
VI But It Is Blessed - to Suffer Mockery for a Good Cause 222
VII He Was Believed in the World 234
Pt. 4 Discourses at the Communion on Fridays 247
Preface 249
I Luke 22:15 251
II Matthew 11:28 262
III John 10:27 268
IV I Corinthians 11:23 275
V II Timothy 2:12-13 282
VI I John 3:20 289
VII Luke 24:51 296
The Crisis and a Crisis in the Life of an Actress 301
Addendum: Phister as Captain Scipio 327
Supplement 345
Editorial Appendix 429
Notes 439
Bibliographical Note 467
Index 469
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