Soren Kierkegaard


Soren Kierkegaard

May 5, 1813 - November 11, 1855


In hindsight we see Kierkegaard as a pre-existentialist. A unique voice reacting to the depersonalization of the then-emerging industrial society. His contribution to ethical thought in the form of essays has had considerable impact on 20th century philosophy, especially in the post-World War Two period.

Kierkegaard outlined three spheres of moral existence: the aesthetic (this was a hedonistic stage marked by a fickle search for personal pleasure), the ethical (impersonal, rule-oriented, where the attainment of long-term, or delayed-pleasure rules), and religious (a realm where faith is the basis for action and decision-making.) Ultimately, and existentially, it is not possible to produce an objective ethical doctrine.

A solitary man, Kierkegaard usually published under a pseudonym. His published works include Either/Or (1843; English translation, 1944); Philosophical Fragments (1844; English translation, 1936), and Fear and Trembling (1843; English translation, 1941).

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Soren Kierkegaard, 1996 Ionian
Published: February 4, 1996
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