They may have been contemporaries, but they developed their ideas in tremendously different circumstances and cultural backdrops. The first period of literary activity (1843–46) was followed by a second (1847–55). Kierkegaard is also seen as an important precursor of postmodernism. Kierkegaard had intended to cease writing at this point and become a country pastor. In December 1854 he began to publish dozens of short, shrill pieces insisting that what passed as Christianity in Denmark was counterfeit and making clear that Mynster and Martensen were responsible for reducing the religion to “leniency.” The last of these pieces was found on Kierkegaard’s desk after he collapsed in the street in October 1855. His work remained limited to Scandinavia, but the 20th century saw the revival of his philosophy, as it influenced the West everlastingly. Accordingly, he decided to publish Sygdommen til døden (1849; Sickness unto Death) under a pseudonym (as he had done with several previous works), lest anyone think he lived up to the ideal he there presented; likewise, the pseudonymous authors of his other works often denied that they possessed the faith they talked about. In addition Kierkegaard inherited enough of his fathers wealth to allow him to pursue his life as a freelance writer. Better at giving than at taking, he was deeply wounded, and indeed he never fully recovered. Notes on Wittgenstein's Reading of Kierkegaard by Jens Glebe-Moeller. Let us know if you have suggestions to improve this article (requires login). The Burden of Søren Kierkegaard. His wide-ranging works had lasting influence in philosophy, Protestant theology, literature, and cultural criticism. Milan Petkanic, Filozofia , vol. 1, 2013, pp. Martensen. It is supposed to be quite strange, the first part full of Don Juanism, skepticism, et cetera, and the second part toned down and conciliating, ending with a sermon that is said to be quite excellent. Søren Kierkegaard was the seventh and last child of Michael Pedersen Kierkegaard, a wealthy businessman, and Ane Sørensdatter Lund, a household maid whom he first impregnated and then married within a year of his first wife’s death. He was the seventh and last child of wealthy hosier, Michael Pedersen Kierkegaard and Ane Sørensdatter Lund, a former household servant and distant cousin of Michael Kierkegaard. Søren Kierkegaard is a multifaceted author who has continued to interest, provoke and intrigue thinkers from a vast range of disciplines. By signing up for this email, you are agreeing to news, offers, and information from Encyclopaedia Britannica. [18], Kierkegaard was first mentioned in a French publication in 1856 in Revue des deux mondes (English: Review of the Two Worlds) in an article detailing the state of Danish politics and culture which described his influence on the Danish church as having "bewildered many minds and troubled many weak or fearful consciences". The story of his life is a drama in four overlapping acts, each with its own distinctive crisis or “collision,” as he often referred to these events. Hegel emphasized universals; Kierkegaard argued for decision and commitment. [19], The first translation of Kierkegaard into French was published in 1886 by Johannes Gøtzsche, with a preface by the theologian Hans-Peter Kofoed-Hansen. Traité éthique-religieux). https://www.britannica.com/biography/Soren-Kierkegaard, Age of the Sage - Transmitting the Wisdoms of the Ages - Biography of Soren Kierkegaard, Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy - Soren Kierkegaard, Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy - Biography of Søren Kierkegaard, Søren Kierkegaard - Student Encyclopedia (Ages 11 and up). He emphasized that Kierkegaard was for him “the best friend in Denmark”, whose “spirit reached to [5] Karl Popper referred to Kierkegaard as "the great reformer of Christian ethics, who exposed the official Christian morality of his day as anti-Christian and anti-humanitarian hypocrisy". "The book as a whole contains much information on the genesis of Existentialism and on Kierkegaard's role in it." [2] Since Kierkegaard was raised as a Lutheran,[3] he was commemorated as a teacher in the Calendar of Saints of the Lutheran Church on 11 November and in the Calendar of Saints of the Episcopal Church with a feast day on 8 September. His father was a firmly committed to a strict approach to faith and life and sought to ensure that his family would grow up within a firmly Lutheran household. Omissions? Søren Kierkegaard (1813—1855) Søren Kierkegaard is an outsider in the history of philosophy. It is actually supposed to be by a Kierkegaard who has adopted a pseudonym...."[1]. "[16] To some degree, Kierkegaard can be seen as one of the few philosophers to whom the simple analytic/continental divide does not fully apply. His resistance and uniqueness of an all embracing system has resulted in an opulent variety of influence on modern philosophy and literature. Søren Kierkegaard's philosophy has been a major influence in the development of 20th century philosophy, especially in the movements of Existentialism and Postmodernism. This is perhaps due to the facts that Kierkegaard was shunned by the Danish State Church, one of the major institutions in Denmark at the time, as well as the relative obscurity of the Danish language, compared to languages such as German and English. Søren Kierkegaard’s influence on the thinking of Karol Nandrásky 27 3. Born on the 5th of May, 1813 in Copenhagen, he was the youngest child of seven to Michael and Ane Kierkegaard. The whole book attracted much attention. The influence of Søren Kierkegaard Nandrásky expressed his personal relationship to Kierkegaard in his short essay O dojmoch z Dánska vo forme listu S. Kierkegaardovi. Even after acknowledging that he had written these works, however, Kierkegaard insisted that they continue to be attributed to their pseudonymous authors. He saw becoming a Christian as the task of a lifetime. Kierkegaard influenced 19th-century literature writers as well as 20th-century literature. Beck. Kierkegaard has also influenced members of the analytical philosophy tradition, most notably Ludwig Wittgenstein, who considered Kierkegaard to be "the most profound thinker of the [nineteenth] century. Søren Kierkegaard's influence and reception varied widely and may be roughly divided into various chronological periods. It is also clear that this crisis triggered a period of astonishing literary productivity, during which Kierkegaard published many of the works for which he is best known: Enten-Eller: et livs-fragment (1843; Either/Or: A Fragment of Life), Gjentagelsen (1843; Repetition), Frygt og baeven (1843; Fear and Trembling), Philosophiske smuler (1844; Philosophical Fragments), Begrebet angest (1844; The Concept of Anxiety), Stadier paa livets vei (1845; Stages on Life’s Way), and Afsluttende uvidenskabelig efterskrift (1846; Concluding Unscientific Postscript). There was an anonymous German review of Philosophical Fragments published in 1845 which subsequent scholarship believes was written by Beck. In his journals Kierkegaard called Sickness unto Death an “attack upon Christendom.” In a similar vein, Anti-Climacus, the pseudonymous author of Indøvelse i Christendom (1850; Training in Christianity), declared the need “again to introduce Christianity into Christendom.” This theme became more and more explicit as Kierkegaard resumed his writing career. Kierkegaard's thought gained a wider audience with the translation of his works into German, French, and English. On the other hand, he often stressed that conversion is a long process. In between, he broke his engagement with Regine Olsen, thus initiating the second major collision of his life. He is widely regarded as the founder of Christian psychology and of existential psychology and therapy. And therefore someday, not only my writings but my whole life, all the intriguing mystery of the machine will be studied and studied. Unamuno refers to Kierkegaard in his book, harvnb error: no target: CITEREFOstenfeldMcKinnon1972 (, harvnb error: no target: CITEREFKierkegaard2001 (, harvnb error: no target: CITEREFMatustikWestphal1995 (, harvnb error: no target: CITEREFUpdike1997 (, Concluding Unscientific Postscript to Philosophical Fragments. In Kierkegaard's native Denmark, the Danish people hosted his 200th anniversary of Kierkegaard's birth in Copenhagen in May 2013.[15]. Darwin publishes Origin of Species. Søren Aabye Kierkegaard was born on May 5th 1813 in Copenhagen. All references to Kierkegaard’s journals first give numbers in Søren Kierkegaard’s Journals and Papers followed by numbers in Søren Kierkegaards Papirer. Search all of SparkNotes Search. He emphasized that Kierkegaard was for him “the best friend in Denmark”, whose “spirit reached to Enjoy these insightful quotes from his works: Don't forget to love yourself. Buy books by Søren Kierkegaard Søren Aabye Kierkegaard was an insightful and prolific mark that changed the Danish ‘golden age’ of enlightenment and his legacy still rings true throughout Western society. What is clear is that this relationship haunted him for the rest of his life. His father was a firmly committed to a strict approach to faith and life and sought to ensure that his family would grow up within a firmly Lutheran household. Kierkegaard’s Christian philosophy may have been rejected by clergy, but he certainly influenced individual Christians who became enamored with his theology. Eric Hamm, Søren Kierkegaard Newsletter, no. He was a man of deep but gloomy and guilt-ridden piety who was haunted by the memory of having once cursed God as a boy and of having begun his family by getting his maid pregnant—and then marrying her—shortly after the death of his first wife. 87-90. 68, no. And today I’d like to talk about the major Darwin publishes Origin of Species. Language: en Pages: 228. His father’s stern piety, deep melancholy, and profound sense of guilt greatly influenced Søren’s life and writings. Type: BOOK - Published: 1965 - Publisher: Get Books. Kierkegaard: Influences and Stages in Life Contemporary Theology I: Hegel to Death of God Theologies In our last lecture at the very end, I began to talk about the life and the writings of Søren Kierkegaard. In philosophy Kierkegaard’s work played a seminal role in that broad movement of thought known as ‘existentialism’. Hegel emphasized universals; Kierkegaard argued for decision and commitment. 62, 2014, pp. Most notably are American theologians Paul Tillich and Lincoln Swain, and philosophers from Europe -- Karl Jaspers, Gabriel Marcel, Miguel de Unamuno -- and from Russia Nikolai Berdyaev. Anthony Rudd's book Kierkegaard and the Limits of the Ethical and Alasdair MacIntyre's discussion of Kierkegaard in After Virtue and A Short History of Ethics did much to facilitate Kierkegaard's legacy in ethical thought in analytic philosophy. She later donated most of his writings to the Danish Royal Library where they continue to be stored. On the one hand, he often seemed to be moving away from the faith of his father and back toward it at virtually the same time. Saying in his will that he considered engagement as binding as marriage, he left all his possessions to Regine (she did not accept them, however, since she had married long before Kierkegaard died). His translations have been criticised repeatedly as unreliable: Heiko Schulz referred to them as "repeatedly revised, highly idiosyncratic, and at times breathtakingly free renditions of the Kierkegaardian texts". Please select which sections you would like to print: Corrections? Like the German philosopher Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel (1770–1831), whose system he would severely criticize, Kierkegaard entered university in order to study theology but devoted himself to literature and philosophy instead. Author of. [7] Existentialist (often called "humanistic") psychologists and therapists include Ludwig Binswanger, Viktor Frankl, Erich Fromm, Carl Rogers, and Rollo May. Finally the celebrated Norwegian artist Edvard Munch(1863-1944) closely studied key conc… The first collision occurred during his student days: he became estranged both from his father and from the faith in which he had been brought up, and he moved out of the family home. 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Søren Kierkegaard, in full Søren Aabye Kierkegaard, (born May 5, 1813, Copenhagen, Den.—died Nov. 11, 1855, Copenhagen), Danish philosopher, theologian, and cultural critic who was a major influence on existentialism and Protestant theology in the 20th century. Kierkegaard was a saint. Many 20th-century philosophers, both theistic and atheistic, drew concepts from Kierkegaard, including the notions of angst, despair, and the importance of the individual. Milan Petkanic, Filozofia , vol. But it was not to be. The Søren Kierkegaard Society USA was founded in 1979 by Robert L. Perkins† with the purpose of fostering the study and discussion of Kierkegaard's thought across all its dimensions and ramifications, including its sources and influence. As Walter Lowrie in his A Short Life of Kierkegaardtells us, “Kierkegaard seems to have gotten his wit and his outgoing traits from his mother, and yet he doesn’t really say an awful lot about her. Many of Kierkegaard's earlier works from 1843–1846 were written pseudonymously. In his journals, he wrote: "What the age needs is not a genius—it has had geniuses enough, but a martyr, who in order to teach men to obey would himself be obedient unto death. Søren Aabye Kierkegaard was an insightful and prolific mark that changed the Danish ‘golden age’ of enlightenment and his legacy still rings true throughout Western society. [20], The most significant translation work was conducted by Christoph Schrempf, another student of J.T. The pseudonyms are best understood by analogy with characters in a novel, created by the actual author to embody distinctive worldviews; it is left to the reader to decide what to make of each one. Governed by contingency, yet in spirit soaring above the world, the human being finds himself torn asunder. Soren Kierkegaard biography Soren Kierkegaard was born on the 15 th of May 1813 in the Danish capital Copenhagen and into a wealthy and prominent merchant family that already included six children. They had met in 1837, when she was only 15 years old, and had become engaged in 1840. His religious [20], Early translations of Kierkegaard into German were restricted to his post-1850 material (The Moment, the attack on the Lutheran Church) and appeared in the 1860s. 2 Kierkegaard's trips to Berlin took place in 1841, 1843, 1845, and 1846. Search all of SparkNotes Search. After his death, his original manuscripts were bequeathed by his one-time fiancée, Regine Olsen for posterity. [a] Sipe argues that it "would be of more benefit to feminism not to read Kierkegaard in search of his own personal stance on the woman question, but rather to read him in an exploratory manner as one who has exposed new avenues of thought, new ways of examining the woman question". While a student at the university, Kierkegaard explored the literary figures of Don Juan, the wandering Jew, and especially Faust, looking for existential models for his own life. Categories: Religion. Paul Ricoeur and Judith Butler wrote monographs drawing new attention to Kierkegaard's work, and a 1964 UNESCO colloquium on Kierkegaard in Paris ranks as one of the most important events for a generation's reception of Kierkegaard, which included a keynote speaker, Sartre who gave his lecture The Singular Universal, which solidified Kierkegaard's influence over existentialism. [18], In her paper Kierkegaard and Feminism: A Paradoxical Friendship, Sipe commends Kierkegaard for taking "a hammer to the cold foundations of traditional Western philosophy" and introducing existentialism which feminism has adopted and thrived in. Ultimately, Kierkegaard postulates that truth is … Ludwig Wittgenstein was immensely influenced and humbled by Kierkegaard,[5] claiming that "Kierkegaard is far too deep for me, anyhow. The Corsair took the bait, and for months Kierkegaard was the target of raucous ridicule, the greatest butt of jokes in Copenhagen. Kierkegaard's works were not widely available in the couple of decades after his death. Distinguished Professor of Philosophy Emeritus, Fordham University. He bewilders me without working the good effects which he would in deeper souls". Another early mention of Kierkegaard in German is from Johann Georg Theodor Grässe, who included Kierkegaard briefly in an 1848 review of European literature. The Tübingen-trained pastor, Albert Bärthold, studied Kierkegaard under Johann Tobias Beck and published translations of a number of Kierkegaard's works. As we look at Kierkegaard’s life and his works, we find that there were really four major influences that were extremely important to him. After his father’s death, Kierkegaard became serious about finishing his formal education. August Strindberg (1843-1912) found inspiration in Kierkegaard and the famous Norwegian dramatist and poet Henrik Ibsen (1828-1906) clearly seems to have been inspired by the Dane in famous works such as Brand. His fame as a philosopher grew tremendously in the 1930s, in large part because the ascendant existentialist movement […] The other great Norwegian national writer and poet Bjornstjerne Bjornson (1832-1910) was also deeply inspired by Kierkegaard. Kierkegaard's sociological work Two Ages: The Age of Revolution and the Present Age critiques modernity. 62, 2014, pp. Articles from Britannica Encyclopedias for elementary and high school students. Søren Kierkegaard, the nineteenth-century Danish philosopher rediscovered in the twentieth century, is a major influence in contemporary philosophy, religion, and literature. But by 1838, just before his father’s death, he was reconciled both to his father and to the Christian faith; the latter became the idea for which he would live and die. Despite his reference to an experience of “indescribable joy” in May of that year, it should not be assumed that his conversion was instantaneous. His father’s death in 1838 spurred him to complete his education, and he finished and defended a dissertation in philosophy, On the Concept of Irony, with Constant Reference to Socrates, in 1841. Important information about 's background, historical events that influenced Søren Kierkegaard (1813–1855), and the main ideas within the work. 1859. The Catholic Jörg praised Kierkegaard's relentless attack on the Danish Lutheran Church, but suggests that Kierkegaard should perhaps have seen Catholicism as a final step in his religious development. Søren Kierkegaard “The function of prayer is not to influence God, but rather to change the nature of the one who prays.” ... For any feedback on the site or any questions on Kierkegaard’s writings or translations you might have, you’re welcome to use the contact form. Kierkegaard’s Christian philosophy may have been rejected by clergy, but he certainly influenced individual Christians who became enamored with his theology. But at Mynster’s funeral Martensen, who had succeeded to the leadership of the Danish church, eulogized his predecessor as a “witness to the truth,” linking him to the martyrs of the faith; after this Kierkegaard could no longer keep silent. In 1830 Kierkegaard went to study theology, philosophy and literature at the University of Copenhagen. Not only did Kierkegaard inherit his fathers melancholy, his sense of guilt and anxiety, and his pietistic emphasis on the dour aspects of Christian faith, but he also inherited his talents for philosophical argument and creative imagination. Schrempf's first translations appeared in 1890 and by 1922, he had completed translations of the entire set of Kierkegaard's published writings. HE WAS THE FATHER OF EXISTENTIALISM. Reactions were anything but uniform, and proponents of various ideologies attempted to appropriate his work quite early. Friedrich Schleiermacher (1768-1834) and Søren Kierkegaard (1813-1855) had an enormous impact upon the history of theology and western philosophy (besides having some really cool names). He wrote critical texts on organized religion, Christendom, morality, ethics, psychology, and the philosophy of religion, displaying a fondness for metaphor, irony, and parables. Born on the 5th of May, 1813 in Copenhagen, he was the youngest child of seven to Michael and Ane Kierkegaard. Søren Kierkegaard passed away on the 11 November 1855. Søren Kierkegaard dies. Søren Kierkegaard, in full Søren Aabye Kierkegaard, (born May 5, 1813, Copenhagen, Den.—died Nov. 11, 1855, Copenhagen), Danish philosopher, theologian, and cultural critic who was a major influence on existentialism and Protestant theology in the 20th century. Kierkegaard predicted his posthumous fame, and foresaw that his work would become the subject of intense study and research. The work translated was Two Minor Ethical-Religious Essays (French: En quoi l'homme de génie diffère-t-il de l'apôtre? Eric Hamm, Søren Kierkegaard Newsletter, no. They are the only thing worth knowing. Be on the lookout for your Britannica newsletter to get trusted stories delivered right to your inbox. Kierkegaard's reputation as a philosopher was first established in his native Denmark with his work Either/Or. Kierkegaard's present stature in the English-speaking world owes much to the exegetical writings and improved Kierkegaard translations by the American theologian Walter Lowrie, the University of Minnesota philosopher David F. Swenson, and the Danish translators Howard and Edna Hong. https://philosophynow.org/issues/99/Soren_Kierkegaard_1813-1855 Philosophers and theologians influenced by Kierkegaard include Hans Urs von Balthasar, Karl Barth, Simone de Beauvoir, Niels Bohr, Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Emil Brunner, Martin Buber, Rudolf Bultmann, Albert Camus, Martin Heidegger, Abraham Joshua Heschel, Karl Jaspers, Gabriel Marcel, Maurice Merleau-Ponty, Reinhold Niebuhr, Franz Rosenzweig, Jean-Paul Sartre, Joseph Soloveitchik, Paul Tillich, Malcolm Muggeridge, Thomas Merton, Miguel de Unamuno. 68, no. "[17], Kierkegaard's relationship to feminism is a troublesome one, Kierkegaard has been described as misogynistic, making "snide comments about woman’s nature, mocking with utmost irony her “great abilities” and sneering at the possibility of her emancipation" although Dera Sipe of Villanova University states that viewing Kierkegaard as a "straight misogynist is highly problematic". [18] She then states that due to Kierkegaard's rampant use of Pseudonyms one must separate Kierkegaard from his Pseudonyms. Georg Brandes, an early Kierkegaardian Danish scholar who was fluent in Danish and German, gave one of the first formal lectures on Kierkegaard and helped bring Kierkegaard t… Søren Kierkegaard entered the University of Copenhagen in 1830. Biography of Soren Kierkegaard, All Poems of Soren Kierkegaard his/her biography, comments and quotations. Michael Kierkegaard was a deeply mel… I never forget how God helps me and it is therefore my last wish that everything may be to his honour. Kierkegaard was influenced early in life by the devoutly religious teachings of his father which concentrated on Christ's suffering. The themes of sacrificial father/son relationships, of inherited sin, of the burden o… Søren Aabye Kierkegaard was a Danish philosopher, theologian, poet, social critic, and religious author who is widely considered to be the first existentialist philosopher. This was Michael Kierkegaard's second marriage, which came within a year of his first wife’s death and four months into Ane Lund’s first pregnancy. However, Kierkegaard's attack upon Christendom, represented by the Danish National Church near the end of his life, did not endear him to many in the clergy and theological circles. His domineering presence stimulated young Søren’s imaginative and intellectual gifts but, as his son would later bear witness, made a normal childhood impossible. Since his time existential approaches to philosophy about life have grown very greatly in influence and also appeared in several forms influenced by numerous writers and thinkers. Our editors will review what you’ve submitted and determine whether to revise the article. See Julia Watkins, Kierkegaard (London and … The final collision was with the Church of Denmark (Lutheran) and its leaders, the bishops J.P. Mynster and H.L. Philosophers from Adorno to Wittgenstein expressed great respect for his work and existential thinkers like Jaspers and Heidegger drew widely on his analysis of despair and freedom.. Søren Kierkegaard advocated the development of one's cognitive processes rather than the end products of such processes. [8] Ernest Becker based his 1974 Pulitzer Prize book, The Denial of Death, on the writings of Kierkegaard, Freud and Otto Rank. 1, 2013, pp. "The book as a whole contains much information on the genesis of Existentialism and on Kierkegaard's role in it." Søren Kierkegaard’s voluminous works, many of which were pseudonymous, included Either/Or (1843), Fear and Trembling (1844), Philosophical Fragments (1844), The Concept of Anxiety (1844), Stages on Life’s Way (1845), Concluding Unscientific Postscript (1846), Sickness unto Death (1849), and Training in Christianity (1850). 20-21. Since his time existential approaches to philosophy about life have grown very greatly in influence and also appeared in several forms influenced by numerous writers and thinkers. Instead of retiring, he picked a quarrel with The Corsair, a newspaper known for its liberal political sympathies but more famous as a scandal sheet that used satire to skewer the establishment. Updates? Schrempf also spread a view of Kierkegaard significantly out-of-step from the mainstream, interpreting Kierkegaard's "subjectivity as truth" as a justification for his own religious disbelief.[20]. For his emphasis on individual existence—particularly religious existence—as a constant process of becoming and for his invocation of the associated concepts of authenticity, commitment, responsibility, anxiety, and dread, Søren Kierkegaard is generally considered the father of existentialism. The other great Norwegian national writer and poet Bjornstjerne Bjornson (1832-1910) was also deeply inspired by Kierkegaard. The influence of Søren Kierkegaard Nandrásky expressed his personal relationship to Kierkegaard in his short essay O dojmoch z Dánska vo forme listu S. Kierkegaardovi. 87-90. Suggestions Use up and down arrows to review and enter to select. Although in the last year of his life he wrote, “I dare not call myself a Christian,” throughout his career it was Christianity that he sought to defend by rescuing it from cultural captivity, and it was a Christian person that he sought to become. Or as they're described in the paper as "players in a drama" with Kierkegaard as the director. Kierkegaard responded to Beck's criticisms in a footnote published in the followup to the Fragments, the Concluding Unscientific Postscript. Most notably are American theologians Paul Tillich and Lincoln Swain, and philosophers from Europe -- Karl Jaspers, Gabriel Marcel, Miguel de Unamuno -- and from Russia Nikolai Berdyaev. Much of his philosophical work deals with the issues of how one lives as a "single individual", giving priority to concrete human reality over abstract thinkingand highlighting the imp… Get exclusive access to content from our 1768 First Edition with your subscription. His thinking during this period is revealed in an 1835 journal entry, which is often cited as containing the germ of his later work: The thing is to find a truth which is true for me, to find the idea for which I can live and die.…What is truth but to live for an idea? Authors: Edward John Carnell. Heidegger was to acknowledge Kierkegaard’s masterly exploration of the human condition as one of ‘Angst’. [6], Kierkegaard had a profound influence on psychology. Existentialist philosophy’s core concern is the nature of … In the non-pseudonymous The Point of View of My Work as an Author, he explained that the pseudonymous works are written from perspectives which are not his own: while Kierkegaard himself was a religious author, the pseudonymous authors wrote from points of view that were aesthetic or speculative. We went through the major events in his life. "The Kierkegaard Library is a special collection that serves anyone interested in the writings and ideas of Søren Kierkegaard, the 19th-century Danish philosopher, and related thinkers. [18] She states that from these examples it is clear that Kierkegaard (or at least Johannes de Silentio) did hold great respect for women. Kierkegaard as the task of a lifetime all embracing system has resulted an. 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