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Kierkegaard: A Biography

Kierkegaard: A Biography

  • Date Published: August 2003
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521531818

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  • Written by one of the world's preeminent authorities on Kierkegaard, this 2001 biography was the first to reveal the delicate imbrication of Kierkegaard's life and thought. To grasp the importance and influence of Kierkegaard's thought far beyond his native Denmark, it is necessary to trace the many factors that led this gifted but (according to his headmaster) 'exceedingly childish youth' to grapple with traditional philosophical problems and religious themes in a way that later generations would recognize as amounting to a philosophical revolution. This book offers a powerful narrative account which will be of particular interest to philosophers, literary theorists, intellectual historians, and scholars of religious studies as well as any non-specialist looking for an authoritative guide to the life and work of one of the most original and fascinating figures in Western philosophy.

    • Hannay the leading authority on Kierkegaard; has done many translations for Penguin series
    • Kierkegaard a philosopher (like Nietzsche) who interests people outside philosophy in hist. of ideas, lit. theory, and religious studies
    • Hannay is co-editor of the successful Cambridge Companion to Kiekegaard
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    Reviews & endorsements

    'A lucid and conscientiously written book that pays dazzling attention to the fine details.' Harper's Magazine

    'Hannay writes as a seasoned philosopher and gifted translator, offering ample and even-handed expositions of Kierkegaard's published works and their immediate polemical contexts … this prudent, tactful and canny new life is exactly what Kierkegaard needed.' The Times Literary Supplement

    'Hannay's judiciously selected quotes from Kierkegaard will surely seduce those who are not already in thrall to this master into reading at least some of his works firsthand.' Publishers Weekly

    'Hannay has taken great pains not only to place Kierkegaard's writings within the context of the philosophical thought of his time but also to illustrate clearly the development of Kierkegaard's ideas within his own writings. The result is perhaps the best picture yet of Kierkegaard and his place in Western philosophical thought.' Library Journal

    'Compelling reading by anyone with an interest in modern philosophy.' Booklist

    '… rewarding study … Here there is no doubt that his book marks a watershed in English-language Kierkegaard literature …'. Journal of Ecclesiastical History

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    • Date Published: August 2003
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521531818
    • length: 522 pages
    • dimensions: 228 x 152 x 32 mm
    • weight: 0.7kg
    • contains: 16 b/w illus.
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Preface
    Acknowledgements
    1. From street to salon: first blood
    2. The matter with Søren
    3. A Faustian phase
    4. The wild geese fly
    5. The dead and the living: debut
    6. Serious about irony: the dissertation
    7. The breach and Berlin: either/or
    8. Faith and tragic heroism
    9. More to being
    10. Notabene's meditation
    11. Completing the stages
    12. Concluding business
    13. Reviewing the age
    14. Refashioning the exterior
    15. Works of love
    16. Defining the deed
    17. Mischievous martyr
    18. 'Poor Kierkegaard
    Bibliography.

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    Alastair Hannay, Universitetet i Oslo

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