Søren Kierkegaard

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Søren Kierkegaard died at 42 years old
Born: May 5, 1813
Birthplace: Copenhagen, Denmark
Best known as: The mordant Danish philosopher called 'the father of existentialism'


Søren Kierkegaard Biography

Name at birth: Søren Aabye Kierkegaard

Danish philosopher Søren Kierkegaard’s 19th century embrace of subjectivity and his understanding of the angst of human life made a strong impression on 20th century philosophy, and he is sometimes called “the father of existentialism.”

Kierkegaard had a wealthy father and money to live on, so he devoted himself to thinking and writing, publishing dozens of essays and books during his life. He had a flair for critical analysis and a quirk for satire, parody, sarcasm and irony.

Kierkegaard was preoccupied with death (his own) and considered life to be dominated by fear, anxiety and despair.

A critic of Georg Hegel, Kierkegaard gave as much weight to passion as reason, and thus embraced an irrational faith in a being that can’t be known, the Christian god.

The emphasis on the individual influenced existentialists, even if the theological leap did not.

As a writer, Kierkegaard was quirky and experimental, often arguing with himself in print through pseudonyms.

His works include Either/Or: A Fragment of Life (1843), Fear and Trembling (1843), and The Concept of Dread (1844).





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