The Present Age: On the Death of Rebellion

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In his seminal 1846 tract The Present Age, Søren Kierkegaard ("the father of existentialism"—New York Times) analyzes the philosophical implications of a society dominated by mass media—a society eerily similar to our own. A stunningly prescient essay on the rising influence of advertising, marketing, and publicity, The Present Age is essential reading for anyone who wishes to better understand the modern world.

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Overview

In his seminal 1846 tract The Present Age, Søren Kierkegaard ("the father of existentialism"—New York Times) analyzes the philosophical implications of a society dominated by mass media—a society eerily similar to our own. A stunningly prescient essay on the rising influence of advertising, marketing, and publicity, The Present Age is essential reading for anyone who wishes to better understand the modern world.

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Editorial Reviews

Walter Kaufman
“Those who would know Kierkegaard can do no better than to begin with this book. . . . In The Present Age we find the heart of Kierkagaard.”
Hubert L. Dreyfus
The Present Age shows just how original Kierkegaard was. He brilliantly foresaw the dangers of the lack of commitment and responsiblity in the Public Sphere. When everything is up for endless detached critical comment as on blogs and cable news, action finally becomes impossible.”
The Encyclopedia of Philosophy
“The first important existentialist.”
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780061990038
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 8/3/2010
  • Pages: 87
  • Sales rank: 419,964
  • Product dimensions: 4.50 (w) x 7.10 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Søren Kierkegaard (1813–1855) lived in Copenhagen, Denmark. His books include Works of Love and Spiritual Writings (translated and edited by George Pattison).

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