The Essential Kierkegaard

The Essential Kierkegaard

By: Soren Kierkegaard (author), Howard V. Hong (editor), Edna H. Hong (editor)Paperback

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This is the most comprehensive anthology of Soren Kierkegaard's works ever assembled in English. Drawn from the volumes of Princeton's authoritative Kierkegaard's Writings series by editors Howard and Edna Hong, the selections represent every major aspect of Kierkegaard's extraordinary career. They reveal the powerful mix of philosophy, psychology, theology, and literary criticism that made Kierkegaard one of the most compelling writers of the nineteenth century and a shaping force in the twentieth. With an introduction to Kierkegaard's writings as a whole and explanatory notes for each selection, this is the essential one-volume guide to a thinker who changed the course of modern intellectual history. The anthology begins with Kierkegaard's early journal entries and traces the development of his work chronologically to the final The Changelessness of God. The book presents generous selections from all of Kierkegaard's landmark works, including Either/Or, Fear and Trembling, Works of Love, and The Sickness unto Death, and draws new attention to a host of such lesser-known writings as Three Discourses on Imagined Occasions and The Lily of the Field and the Bird of the Air. The selections are carefully chosen to reflect the unique character of Kierkegaard's work, with its shifting pseudonyms, its complex dialogues, and its potent combination of irony, satire, sermon, polemic, humor, and fiction. We see the esthetic, ethical, and ethical-religious ways of life initially presented as dialogue in two parallel series of pseudonymous and signed works and later in the "second authorship" as direct address. And we see the themes that bind the whole together, in particular Kierkegaard's overarching concern with, in his own words, "What it means to exist; ...what it means to be a human being." Together, the selections provide the best available introduction to Kierkegaard's writings and show more completely than any other book why his work, in all its creativity, variety, and power, continues to speak so directly today to so many readers around the world.

About Author

Howard V. Hong, the former Director of the Howard and Edna Hong Kierkegaard Library at St. Olaf College, is the General Editor of Kierkegaard's Writings. Edna H. Hong is a poet, writer, and translator who has collaborated with Professor Hong on other English translations of Kierkegaard's work.


INTRODUCTION ix Early journal Entries 3 From the Papers of One Still Living 13 The Concept of Irony, with Continual Reference to Socrates 20 Either/Or, A Fragment of Life, I 37 Either/Or, A Fragment of Life, II 66 Four Upbuilding Discourses 84 Fear and Trembling 93 Repetition 102 Philosophical Fragments, or a Fragment of Philosophy 116 Johannes Climacus, or De omnibus dubitandum. Est 126 The Concept of Anxiety 138 Prefaces 156 Three Discourses on Imagined Occasions 164 Stages on Life's Way 170 Concluding Unscientific Postscript to Philosophical Fragments 187 "The Activity of a Traveling Esthetician and How He Still Happened to Pay for the Dinner" 247 Two Ages: The Age of Revolution and The Present Age. A Literary Review 252 Upbuilding Discourses in Various Spirits 269 Works of Love 277 Christian Discourses 312 The Lily in the Field and the Bird o the Air 333 Two Ethical-Religious Essays 339 The Sickness unto Death 350 Practice in Christianity 373 Two Discourses at the Communion on Fridays 385 For Self-Examination [First series] 393 Judge for Yourself! For Self-Examination, Second series 404 The Book on Adler 411 Faedrelandet Articles and The Moment 424 On My Work as an Author and The Point of View for My Work as an Author 449 The Changelessness of God 482 ACKNOWLEDGMENTS 493 NOTES 495 BIBLIOGRAPHY 505 INDEX 507

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  • ISBN13: 9780691019406
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 536
  • ID: 9780691019406
  • weight: 482
  • ISBN10: 0691019401
  • translations: English
  • language of text: English

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