Søren Kierkegaard Analysis

Discussion Topics

(Masterpieces of World Literature, Critical Edition)

What kind of choices are presented to the reader by the author of Either/Or?

What are the characteristics of the aesthetic sphere of existence according to Søren Kierkegaard?

Why is duty so important to the Kierkegaardian ethicist?

How would one look at a broken engagement from an aesthetic point of view? What would the ethicist see in a broken engagement?

What, according to Kierkegaard, is it possible to learn about faith from the biblical story of Abraham?

What kind of relationship does Kierkegaard see between sin and despair?


(Great Authors of World Literature, Critical Edition)

Allen, Diogenes. Three Outsiders: Pascal, Kierkegaard, Simone Weil. Cambridge, Mass.: Cowley, 1983. The chapter on Kierkegaard examines his time period and its influence on his ideas. The author discusses how Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel influenced Søren Kierkegaard by breaking the hold of the eighteenth century Enlightenment on European philosophy. Also includes the influence of Socrates on Kierkegaard.

Bloom, Harold, ed. Søren Kierkegaard. New York: Chelsea House, 1989. A collection of essays discussing the importance of Kierkegaard and his philosophy. The editor’s introduction places Kierkegaard in historical context, relating him to Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel and others.

Evans, C. Stephen. Kierkegaard’s “Fragments” and “Postscript”: The Religious Philosophy of Johannes Climacus. Atlantic City, N.J.: Humanities Press, 1983. An analysis of the two books that Kierkegaard wrote under a pseudonym in which he reveals much of his religious philosophy. Evans’s book is basically a commentary on the two books by Kierkegaard.

Garff, Joakim and Bruce H. Kirmmse, trans. Søren Kierkegaard: A Biography. Princeton, N.J.: Princeton University Press, 2005. Extremely well received, and readable this important biography adds mightily to Kierkegaard scholarship.

Hannay, Alastair. Kierkegaard. New York: Cambridge University Press, 2001. A...

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