'The love of repetition is in truth the only happy love'
So says Constantine Constantius on the first page of Kierkegaard's Repetition. Life itself, according to Kierkegaard's pseudonymous narrator, is a repetition, and in the course of this witty, playful work Constantius explores the nature of love and happiness, the passing of time and the importance of moving forward (and backward). The ironically entitled Philosophical Crumbs pursues the investigation of faith and love and their tense relationship with reason.
Written only a year apart, these two works complement each other and give the reader a unique insight into the breadth and substance of Kierkegaard's thought. The first reads like a novel and the second like a Platonic dialogue, but both engage, in different ways, the same challenging issues. These are the first translations to convey the literary quality and philosophical precision of the originals. They were not intended, however, for philosophers, but for anyone who feels drawn to the
question of the ultimate truth of human existence and the source of human happiness.
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M.G.Piety has published numerous articles on Kierkegaard in journals and books. She has spent more consecutive years in Denmark than any other English-speaking Kierkegaard scholar and in the words of a Danish scholar, she is unique among translators of Kierkegaard in her mastery of Danish. Edward F. Mooney is the author of On Soren Kierkegaard: Dialogue, Polemics, Lost Intimacy and Time (2007), and two other books on Kierkegaard, and has published over fifty articles on topics in philosophy, ethics, philosophy of religion and more.