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By Walter Lowrie

ISBN-10: 0691157774

ISBN-13: 9780691157771

ISBN-10: 1400845971

ISBN-13: 9781400845972

A small, insignificant-looking highbrow with absurdly lengthy legs, Søren Kierkegaard (1813-1855) was once a veritable Hans Christian Andersen comic strip of a guy. an odd blend of witty cosmopolite and depression introvert, he spent years writing less than a sequence of fantastical pseudonyms, lavishing the entire attractiveness of his marvelous brain on a seldom-appreciative global. He had a sad love affair with a tender lady, used to be ruled by means of an unforgettable outdated testomony father, fought a sensational literary duel with a well-liked satiric journal, and died in the course of a violent quarrel with the kingdom church for which he had as soon as studied theology. but this iconoclast produced a few wonderful books that experience profoundly stimulated smooth thought.

during this vintage biography, the prestigious Kierkegaard translator Walter Lowrie offers an enthralling and warmly appreciative creation to the lifestyles and paintings of the nice Danish author. Lowrie tells the tale of Kierkegaard's emotionally turbulent lifestyles with a prepared feel of drama and an acute knowing of ways his existence formed his idea. the result's a superbly informative and interesting portrait of 1 of crucial thinkers of the prior centuries. This version additionally contains Lowrie's wry essay "How Kierkegaard bought into English," which tells the inconceivable tale of the way Lowrie turned one in all Kierkegaard's imperative English translators regardless of no longer studying Danish until eventually he was once in his 60s, in addition to a brand new creation through Kierkegaard pupil Alastair Hannay.

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It seems marvelous that in such a time as that he succeeded in keeping his balance, but nothing can be clearer than the fact that he did succeed, and evidently what saved him was his power of mind and the habit of straight thinking. That saved him so completely that he never had reason in later life to fear insanity. In later life too he had the comfort of a Christian faith. In Fear and Trembling the pseudonymous author, Johan­ nes de silentio, quotes from Seneca a saying which he in turn derived from Aristotle: mdlum unquam exstetit magnum ingenium sine aliqua dementia (there never was great genius without some madness).

For it goes without saying that to a certain degree he is master of it, since otherwise he would be actually a madman. For such observations, however, ingenuity in a high degree is requisite, and love; for to make observation upon a superior mind is very difficult. ’s invitation to study his case, it is hardly an enticing one. K. without observing these very exacting conditions. K. wrote and studied them with sympathy. K. ” I have no fault to find with the verdict he renders except that it is not very illuminating.

It is dark enough, but a more lurid light will be shed upon it later. At this point I ought perhaps to say that no one is less inclined than I to believe that the character of Kierkegaard was fixed, his fate determined and his life explained by inheritance and environment. K. ” I know that I should encounter his scathing disapproval if in the manner of materialistic historians I were to endeavor to account for him by this background of inheritance and environment. CHILDHOOD Halb Kinderspiele, Halb Gott im Herzen.

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