Søren Kierkegaard: A Biography

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Princeton University Press, 23 apr 2007 - 896 pagine

"The day will come when not only my writings, but precisely my life--the intriguing secret of all the machinery--will be studied and studied." Søren Kierkegaard's remarkable combination of genius and peculiarity made this a fair if arrogant prediction. But Kierkegaard's life has been notoriously hard to study, so complex was the web of fact and fiction in his work. Joakim Garff's biography of Kierkegaard is thus a landmark achievement. A seamless blend of history, philosophy, and psychological insight, all conveyed with novelistic verve, this is the most comprehensive and penetrating account yet written of the life and works of the enigmatic Dane who changed the course of intellectual history.


Garff portrays Kierkegaard not as the all-controlling impresario behind some of the most important works of modern philosophy and religious thought--books credited with founding existentialism and prefiguring postmodernism--but rather as a man whose writings came to control him. Kierkegaard saw himself as a vessel for his writings, a tool in the hand of God, and eventually as a martyr singled out to call for the end of "Christendom." Garff explores the events and relationships that formed Kierkegaard, including his guilt-ridden relationship with his father, his rivalry with his brother, and his famously tortured relationship with his fiancée Regine Olsen. He recreates the squalor and splendor of Golden Age Copenhagen and the intellectual milieu in which Kierkegaard found himself increasingly embattled and mercilessly caricatured.


Acclaimed as a major cultural event on its publication in Denmark in 2000, this book, here presented in an exceptionally crisp and elegant translation, will be the definitive account of Kierkegaard's life for years to come.

 

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Kierkegaard is a very interesting man, in that at times he was both heroic and at the time afraid. he has the courage to follow his passion, writing and at the same time runs from his passion for ... Leggi recensione completa

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now i know which books of his to read and which not to bother with. A fascinating eccentric character. The last of the pre-Darwinian philosophers worth their salt. A cranky passionate guy. Leggi recensione completa

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Warping
12
Two Weddings and a Fire
22
Alma Mater
29
The Black Sheep
37
1835
47
To Find the Idea for Which I Am Willing to Live and Die
56
Within the Heibergs Charmed Circle
67
Adolph Peter Adler
440
ConfusionMaking of the Highest Order
446
The Sensual Pleasure of Productivity
452
Rad Valerianæ
460
The Governments Filth Machine
471
Either and Or
479
A Peoples Government Is the True Image of Hell
486
Perhaps the Alarm Will Be Sounded in the Camp
495

Studiosus Faustus
74
The Battle between the Old and the New SoapCellars
80
Poul Martin Møller
86
Backstage Practice
95
1837
102
Maria
111
Dear Emil You My Friend the Only One
118
1838
126
From the Papers of One Still Living
138
1839
147
A Dandy on a Pilgrimage
154
1840
173
The Time of Terrors
185
1841
192
1842
199
The Aesthetic Is Above All My Element
204
1843
214
Literary Exile
224
Repetition
232
To Become Oneself Again Is to Become Someone Else
239
Fear and Trembling
252
Agnete and Farinelli
258
1844
266
The Seductions Diary
277
Reviews
284
Come Over and See Me for a Bit
292
1845
301
People Bath
308
Yes of Course I Am an Aristocrat
316
Kierkegaard in Church
325
People Think Im a Hack Writer
332
Stages on Lifes Way
337
Writing Samples
353
Kierkegaard
361
1846
375
I Am a Jew What Am I Doing among You?
382
A Visit to Sorø
390
Møllers Postscript to Kierkegaards Postscript
402
The SquintEyed Hunchback
408
The School of Abuse
414
S Kjerkegaard and His Reviewers
422
This SweatSoaked Stifling Cloak of Mush That Is the Body
428
What Does the Physician Really Know?
434
Liberty Equality and Mercy
502
Money in Books
508
1848
531
The Sickness unto Death
540
To Publish or Not to Publish
548
What Hasnt This Pen Been Capable of ?
554
In Charge of His Own Posthumous Reputation
562
I Am Regarded as a Kind of Englishman a HalfMad Eccentric
569
Martensens Dogmatics
576
Rasmus Nielsen
582
Fredrika Bremers Report Card
589
The Sealed Letter to Mr and Mrs Schlegel
597
Jakob Peter Mynster
604
Look at Mynster
619
Two EthicalReligious Essays
626
The Martyrdom of the Poet
632
1850
642
Practice in Christianity
650
The Idiot Godand His Times
656
And Why Then This Concealment?
662
1851
668
Fan Mail
675
1852
684
1853
692
A Demonic Scoundrel
698
S A versus A S
707
Christianity Is the Invention of Satan
714
The Death of a Witness to the Truth
727
To Bring About a Catastrophe
733
1855
740
I Want Honesty
746
The Moment
752
The PastorThat Epitome of Nonsense Cloaked
758
The Death of God
764
In a Theater It Happened That
771
You Dine with the Swine
780
Postmortem
793
The Will the Auctions and a Psychopathic Missionary
799
The Papers No One Wanted
805
Illustration Credits
815
Bibliography
845
Index
855
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Informazioni sull'autore (2007)

Joakim Garff is Associate Professor at the Søren Kierkegaard Research Center at the University of Copenhagen. He is the author of numerous books and articles and is the coeditor of a project to publish definitive new Danish-language editions of all of Kierkegaard's writings. Bruce H. Kirmmse is Professor of History at Connecticut College. His previous works include Kierkegaard in Golden Age Denmark and Encounters with Kierkegaard (Princeton). He is the chairman of the editorial board of Kierkegaard's Journals and Notebooks (Princeton, forthcoming).

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