The Essential Kierkegaard

The Essential Kierkegaard

by Soren Kierkegaard
     
 

ISBN-10: 0691019401

ISBN-13: 9780691019406

Pub. Date: 05/30/2000

Publisher: Princeton University Press

This is the most comprehensive anthology of Søren Kierkegaard's works ever assembled in English. Drawn from the volumes of Princeton's authoritative Kierkegaard's Writings series by editors Howard and Edna Hong, the selections represent every major aspect of Kierkegaard's extraordinary career. They reveal the powerful mix of philosophy, psychology,

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This is the most comprehensive anthology of Søren Kierkegaard's works ever assembled in English. Drawn from the volumes of Princeton's authoritative Kierkegaard's Writings series by editors Howard and Edna Hong, the selections represent every major aspect of Kierkegaard's extraordinary career. They reveal the powerful mix of philosophy, psychology, theology, and literary criticism that made Kierkegaard one of the most compelling writers of the nineteenth century and a shaping force in the twentieth. With an introduction to Kierkegaard's writings as a whole and explanatory notes for each selection, this is the essential one-volume guide to a thinker who changed the course of modern intellectual history.

The anthology begins with Kierkegaard's early journal entries and traces the development of his work chronologically to the final The Changelessness of God. The book presents generous selections from all of Kierkegaard's landmark works, including Either/Or, Fear and Trembling, Works of Love, and The Sickness unto Death, and draws new attention to a host of such lesser-known writings as Three Discourses on Imagined Occasions and The Lily of the Field and the Bird of the Air. The selections are carefully chosen to reflect the unique character of Kierkegaard's work, with its shifting pseudonyms, its complex dialogues, and its potent combination of irony, satire, sermon, polemic, humor, and fiction. We see the esthetic, ethical, and ethical-religious ways of life initially presented as dialogue in two parallel series of pseudonymous and signed works and later in the "second authorship" as direct address. And we see the themes that bind the whole together, in particular Kierkegaard's overarching concern with, in his own words, "What it means to exist; . . . what it means to be a human being."

Together, the selections provide the best available introduction to Kierkegaard's writings and show more completely than any other book why his work, in all its creativity, variety, and power, continues to speak so directly today to so many readers around the world.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780691019406
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
Publication date:
05/30/2000
Pages:
544
Sales rank:
153,081
Product dimensions:
6.12(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.19(d)

Table of Contents


INTRODUCTION ix

Early journal Entries 3

From the Papers of One Still Living 13

The Concept of Irony, with Continual Reference to Socrates 20

Either/Or, A Fragment of Life, I 37

Either/Or, A Fragment of Life, II 66

Four Upbuilding Discourses 84

Fear and Trembling 93

Repetition 102

Philosophical Fragments, or a Fragment of Philosophy 116

Johannes Climacus, or De omnibus dubitandum. Est 126

The Concept of Anxiety 138

Prefaces 156

Three Discourses on Imagined Occasions 164

Stages on Life's Way 170

Concluding Unscientific Postscript to Philosophical Fragments 187

"The Activity of a Traveling Esthetician and How

He Still Happened to Pay for the Dinner" 247

Two Ages: The Age of Revolution and The Present Age. A Literary Review 252

Upbuilding Discourses in Various Spirits 269

Works of Love 277

Christian Discourses 312

The Lily in the Field and the Bird o the Air 333

Two Ethical-Religious Essays 339

The Sickness unto Death 350

Practice in Christianity 373

Two Discourses at the Communion on Fridays 385

For Self-Examination [First series] 393

Judge for Yourself! For Self-Examination, Second series 404

The Book on Adler 411

Faedrelandet Articles and The Moment 424

On My Work as an Author and The Point of View

for My Work as an Author 449

The Changelessness of God 482

ACKNOWLEDGMENTS 493

NOTES 495

BIBLIOGRAPHY 505

INDEX 507

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