Download e-book for kindle: A short life of Kierkegaard by Walter Lowrie
By Walter Lowrie
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 He had a sad love affair with a tender lady, used to be ruled by means of an unforgettable outdated testomony father, fought a sensational literary duel with a well-liked satiric journal, and died in the course of a violent quarrel with the kingdom church for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.
Read or Download A short life of Kierkegaard PDF
Best existentialism books
The ancient Dictionary of Existentialism explains the important claims of existentialist philosophy and the contexts during which it built into essentially the most influential highbrow developments of the 20 th century. this is often performed via a chronology, an introductory essay, a bibliography, and greater than three hundred cross-referenced dictionary entries delivering transparent, available bills of the existence and considered significant existentialists like Jean-Paul Sartre, Martin Heidegger, Martin Buber, Karl Jaspers, Gabriel Marcel, Simone de Beauvoir, Albert Camus, and Maurice Merleau-Ponty, in addition to thinkers influential to its improvement equivalent to Wilhelm Dilthey, Henri Bergson, Edmund Husserl, and Max Scheler.
After describing guy as lifestyles and its implications, this ebook explores the that means of data and fact by way of existential pondering. subsequent, it develops the concrete idea of human freedom, implied in lifestyles, and man's basic intersubjective attitudes of hatred, indifference, love, and justice.
Heidegger's "Introduction to Metaphysics" is without doubt one of the most crucial works written by means of this determine of 20th-century philosophy. the hot translation goals to make this paintings extra obtainable together with provision of traditional translations of Greek passages that Heidegger translated unconventionally.
Sexuality is a topic in Sartre's literary writings and in his philosophical works. Many critics imagine, or think, that those representations of sexuality supplement one another. Andrew Leak means that this isn't the case. He analyzes Sartre's representational ideas, tracing his ambivalent dating to Freudian psychoanalysis throughout the improvement of his conception of sexuality.
Extra info for A short life of Kierkegaard
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.
A short life of Kierkegaard by Walter Lowrie