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Kierkegaard Very Short Introduction

Author(s): Patrick Gardiner

ISBN13: 9780192802569

ISBN10: 0192802569


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  • Soren Kierkegaard (1813-55), one of the most original thinkers of the nineteenth century, wrote widely on religious, psychological, and literary themes.

    This book shows how Kierkegaard developed his views in emphatic opposition to prevailing opinions. It describes his reaction to the ethical and religious theories of Kant and Hegel, and it also contrasts his position with doctrines advanced by men like Feuerbach and Marx. Kierkegaards seminal diagnosis of the human condition, which emphasizes the significance of individual choice, has arguably been his most striking philosophical legacy, particularly for the growth of existentialism. Both that and his arresting but paradoxical conception of religious belief are critically discussed, and Patrick Gardiner concludes this lucid introduction by showing how Kierkegaard has influenced contemporary thought.

    Readership: Students of philosophy, history of western thought, and literary theory; general readers interested in philosophy and history of Western European ideas.

  • Patrick Gardiner

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    Gardiners text continues to offer an excellent and beautifully written introduction.

    - The Interuniversity Kierkegaard Research Group, Tijdschrift Voor Filosofie


Kierkegaard Very Short Introduction

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