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"Why I so much prefer autumn to spring is that in the autumn one looks at heaven--in the spring at the earth."--Søren Kierkegaard

The father of existentialism, Søren Kierkegaard (1813-1855) was a philosopher who could write like an angel. With only a sentence or two, he could plumb the depths of the human spirit. In this collection of some 800 quotations, the reader will find dazzling bon mots next to words of life-changing power. Drawing from the authoritative Princeton editions of Kierkegaard's writings, this ...

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Overview

"Why I so much prefer autumn to spring is that in the autumn one looks at heaven--in the spring at the earth."--Søren Kierkegaard

The father of existentialism, Søren Kierkegaard (1813-1855) was a philosopher who could write like an angel. With only a sentence or two, he could plumb the depths of the human spirit. In this collection of some 800 quotations, the reader will find dazzling bon mots next to words of life-changing power. Drawing from the authoritative Princeton editions of Kierkegaard's writings, this book presents a broad selection of his wit and wisdom, as well as a stimulating introduction to his life and work.

Organized by topic, this volume covers notable Kierkegaardian concerns such as anxiety, despair, existence, irony, and the absurd, but also erotic love, the press, busyness, and the comic. Here readers will encounter both well-known quotations ("Life must be understood backward. But then one forgets the other principle, that it must be lived forward") and obscure ones ("Beware false prophets who come to you in wolves' clothing but inwardly are sheep--i.e., the phrasemongers"). Those who spend time in these pages will discover the writer who said, "my grief is my castle," but who also taught that "the best defense against hypocrisy is love."

Illuminating and delightful, this engaging book also provides a substantial portrait of one of the most influential of modern thinkers.

  • Gathers some 800 quotations
  • Drawn from the authoritative Princeton editions of Kierkegaard's writings
  • Includes an introduction, a brief account and timeline of Kierkegaard's life, a guide to further reading, and an index
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781400848799
  • Publisher: Princeton University Press
  • Publication date: 10/27/2013
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition description: Course Book
  • Pages: 304
  • Sales rank: 603,582
  • File size: 4 MB

Meet the Author

Gordon Marino is professor of philosophy and director of the Hong Kierkegaard Library at St. Olaf College in Minnesota. He is the author of "Kierkegaard in the Present Age", the coeditor of "The Cambridge Companion to Kierkegaard", and the editor of "Basic Writings of Existentialism".
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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments xi
Introduction xiii
Kierkegaard's Biography xlv
Sources and Abbreviations lvii
Chronology lxi
Autobiographical 1
Observations 18
Anxiety 65
Depression/Melancholy 69
Self/Spirit 73
Despair 83
Freedom 89
Possibility 92
Choice/Decision 94
The Ethical 97
Deception/Self-Deception 101
Guilt 104
Envy 106
The Poet 109
Erotic Love 111
Silence 113
Authority 117
Genius 119
Writing/Communication 121
The Press 124
Science 126
Philosophy 128
Existence 133
The Absurd 135
Paradox 137
The Understanding/Reason/Knowledge 139
Truth 143
Time 147
Eternal 149
Death 151
Immortality 155
Repetition 156
Busyness 157
The Individual 159
Laughter/Humor/The Comic 161
The Tragic 163
Irony 164
God 167
Faith 176
Passion 183
Prayer 184
Earnestness/Seriousness 186
Sin 190
Demonic 192
Repentance/Forgiveness 194
Christ 197
Love 199
Suffering 207
Neighbor 208
Christianity 210
Bibliography 219
Index 221
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