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Dimensions:
200 × 130 mm
208 pages
Format:
Paperback
ISBN:
9781780239231
Illustrations:
35 illustrations
Published:
12 Feb 2018
Series:
Critical Lives
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Søren Kierkegaard Alastair Hannay

The Danish philosopher, theologian and author Søren Kierkegaard (1813–1855) is widely considered to be one of the most important religious thinkers of the modern age. He is known as the ‘father of existentialism’, but his work was also influential on theories of modernism, theology, Western culture, church politics and the Christian faith. His wit, imagination and humour have inspired a generation of followers from Franz Kafka to Woody Allen. But how did this inattentive schoolboy rise to critique the work of great thinkers such as Hegel and the German Romantics? Who was the unusual person writing behind the many pseudonyms? And in what way are Kierkegaard’s concepts still relevant today?

In this absorbing new biography Alastair Hannay unravels the mystery of Søren Kierkegaard’s short but momentous career. Kierkegaard’s key concepts and major works are described alongside the major incidents in his private and public life, from his longing for selfhood expressed at the age of 22, to a verbal assault on the Church in the months prior to his early death at the age of 42. Søren Kierkegaard is a story of a man destined to become a thorn in the side of society.

Alastair Hannay is Emeritus Professor of Philosophy at the University of Oslo. He is the author of Kierkegaard: A Biography (2001), Mental Images (2002) and On the Public (2005).

Preface
1 Rags to Riches
2 The Bad Penny
3 Audience
4 Faust and the Feminine
5 Either/Or
6 The Shower Bath
7 Winding Up
8 The Single Individual
9 Thief and Martyr
10 Death and its Impact
11 In Time's Centrifuge

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