This is the main accomplished anthology of Søren Kierkegaard's works ever assembled in English. Drawn from the volumes of Princeton's authoritative Kierkegaard's Writings sequence via editors Howard and Edna Hong, the decisions signify each significant element of Kierkegaard's impressive occupation. They display the robust mixture of philosophy, psychology, theology, and literary feedback that made Kierkegaard the most compelling writers of the 19th century and a shaping strength within the 20th. With an advent to Kierkegaard's writings as an entire and explanatory notes for every choice, this is often the fundamental one-volume consultant to a philosopher who replaced the process smooth highbrow history.
The anthology starts with Kierkegaard's early magazine entries and strains the improvement of his paintings chronologically to the ultimate The Changelessness of God. The ebook offers beneficiant choices from all of Kierkegaard's landmark works, together with Either/Or, worry and Trembling, Works of Love, and The disorder unto Death, and attracts new cognizance to a number of such lesser-known writings as Three Discourses on Imagined Occasions and The Lily of the sphere and the poultry of the Air. the choices are rigorously selected to mirror the original personality of Kierkegaard's paintings, with its transferring pseudonyms, its advanced dialogues, and its effective mix of irony, satire, sermon, polemic, humor, and fiction. We see the esthetic, moral, and ethical-religious methods of lifestyles at the start offered as discussion in parallel sequence of pseudonymous and signed works and later within the "second authorship" as direct tackle. And we see the subjects that bind the total jointly, particularly Kierkegaard's overarching trouble with, in his personal phrases, "What it capacity to exist; . . . what it skill to be a human being."
Together, the choices give you the top to be had advent to Kierkegaard's writings and express extra thoroughly than the other ebook why his paintings, in all its creativity, type, and gear, keeps to talk so at once this present day to such a lot of readers round the world.
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