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“By far the most profound thinker of the 19th century” —Ludwig Wittgenstein
“Kierkegaard’s great contribution to Western philosophy was to assert, or to reassert with Romantic urgency, that, subjectively speaking, each existence is the center of the universe.” —John Updike, The New Yorker
Harper Perennial Modern Classics presents the rediscovered spiritual writings of Søren Kierkegaard, edited and translated by Oxford theologian George Pattison. Called “the first modernist” by The Guardian and “the father of existentialism” by the New York Times, Kierkegaard left an indelible imprint on existential writers from Sartre and Camus to Kafka and Derrida. In works like Fear and Trembling, Sickness unto Death, and Either/Or, he by famously articulated that all meaning is rooted in subjective experience—but the devotional essays that Patterson reveals in Spiritual Writings will forever change our understanding of the great philosopher, uncovering the spiritual foundations beneath his secularist philosophy.
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About 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).
George Pattison is a professor of theology at Oxford University.
Table of Contents
Foreword George Pattison xi
A Note on the Translation xxix
Part I The Gift: ?Every Good and Every Perfect Gift is From Above?
1 Understanding the Gift 3
2 Evil and the Gift 23
3 Giving and Receiving 41
4 ?The Lord gave, the Lord took away, blessed be the name of the Lord? 63
Part II Creation: What We Learn From the Lilies and the Birds
5 Be Satisfied with Being Human 85
6 The Glory of Being Human 113
7 The Blessedness Promised to Being Human 135
8 The Anxieties We Invent Ourselves 151
9 The Anxiety Caused by Being in Two Minds 165
10 Silence, Obedience, and Joy 179
Part III Love: At the Feet of the Savior
11 The Look of Love 227
12 Love and Sin 243
13 Learn from a Woman 255
14 A Parable of Love 269
15 Luke 7:47 279
16 1 Peter 4:8 289
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