ISBN-10:
0691020280
ISBN-13:
9780691020280
Pub. Date:
11/21/1983
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
Kierkegaard's Writings, XIX, Volume 19: Sickness Unto Death: A Christian Psychological Exposition for Upbuilding and Awakening / Edition 1

Kierkegaard's Writings, XIX, Volume 19: Sickness Unto Death: A Christian Psychological Exposition for Upbuilding and Awakening / Edition 1

by Søren KierkegaardSøren Kierkegaard
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A companion piece to The Concept of Anxiety, this work continues Søren Kierkegaard's radical and comprehensive analysis of human nature in a spectrum of possibilities of existence. Present here is a remarkable combination of the insight of the poet and the contemplation of the philosopher.


In The Sickness unto Death, Kierkegaard moves beyond anxiety on the mental-emotional level to the spiritual level, where—in contact with the eternal—anxiety becomes despair. Both anxiety and despair reflect the misrelation that arises in the self when the elements of the synthesis—the infinite and the finite—do not come into proper relation to each other. Despair is a deeper expression for anxiety and is a mark of the eternal, which is intended to penetrate temporal existence.

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ISBN-13: 9780691020280
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Publication date: 11/21/1983
Series: Kierkegaard's Writings , #19
Edition description: REPRINT
Pages: 232
Sales rank: 289,389
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x (d)

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Based on Kierkegaard¿s book, it is clear that despair is essential for a person to realize he is not a ¿self,¿ and thereby turn to God; but many people choose to create a self on their own¿they become a carbon copy of everyone else in the world. I was intrigued by Kierkegaard¿s insights. From what I understood, there are two possibilities a person can have: (1) There is the possibility of becoming the self that God intended for the person, or (2) The alternate possibility when one manufactures a ¿self¿ then for the rest of his or her life, strives to attain it. The ¿fantastic¿ is the result of one¿s idea of self that is always being improved and refined from the previous ¿self.¿ However, a person can only have a self if God gives it to him or her. The ¿sickness unto death¿ is when the person does not realize this until he or she faces death and had lived a life in sin (sin was explained as the spiritual and actual position of a person in comparison to God). The person had a chance to live in ¿actuality,¿ but instead was in despair and now is left with the ¿sickness unto death.¿ Kierkegaard offered an insight to the human soul that ought to be the foundation to understanding the psyche of the Christian. His work is still relevant, and had probably ushered the Christian psychology movement into existence. It would be safe to say that he is a ¿founding father¿ of Christian psychology and was a very observant man. This book is not easy to read, but it is worth the effort.