from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • Kierkegaard, Søren Aaby 1813-1855. Danish religious philosopher. A precursor of modern existentialism, he insisted on the need for individual decision and leaps of faith in the search for religious truth, thereby contradicting Protestant rationalist theology. His works include Either/Or and Fear and Trembling (both 1843).

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  • n. Danish philosopher who is generally considered. along with Nietzsche, to be a founder of existentialism (1813-1855)


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  • In order to construct the view of self in Kierkegaard, gay people must work against the construction of abnormality established in the 17 century and Age of Reason.

    AIDS, Identity and Legacy in Contemporary Gay History «

  • Here's the turn-of-the-last-century Danish philosopher Harald Høffding writing about Kierkegaard: The "qualitative dialectic" appears in Kierkegaard's theory of knowledge in the sharp antithesis he draws between thought and reality.

    This and/or that

  • Thursday, October 29, 2009 at 05: 39 PM despair according to Kierkegaard is a lack of awareness of being a self or spirit

    I want to be somebody! Who can I be?

  • Though it will make the Bill Mahers of the world wince, despair according to Kierkegaard is a lack of awareness of being a self or spirit.

    Lance Mannion:

  • This, said Kierkegaard, is the situation of Christians: The more they gesticulate with their creed, the more laughable they seem to their skeptical neighbors, until the world becomes engulfed in the flames of war and mutual hatred -- a hell on earth as prelude to the hell after death.

    Insight Scoop | The Ignatius Press Blog:

  • You will remember that in Kierkegaard Nebuchadnezzar, after he had been changed back from a beast in the field to a man, says of Yahweh, "Nobody knows who his father was, or who taught him the secret of his strength" [quoted from Quidam in Stages on Life's Way] and I speculate in a perfectly Kabbalistic way, I say — I speculate that a perfectly — aren't you going to eat it —?

    An Interview with Harold Bloom

  • Joakim Garff's new biography, "Soren Kierkegaard" is surprisingly fun!

    The Christmas Code

  • a renewed interest in Kierkegaard, Jungian psychiatry, the novels of Herman Hess, the advocacy of ‘culture’ over civilization and ‘community’ over society, and even an intellectual vogue for horoscopes and magic.

    Liberal at Columbia

  • It’s just as well Kierkegaard is no longer with us since he spent much of his life inveighing against clergy who lived lives contrary to their professed beliefs.

    2010 February « Anglican Samizdat

  • Kierkegaard is kind of cool, however, and I’ve been meaning to real all of Fear and Trembling for a while.

    Matthew Yglesias » Time For a Blogger Ethics Panel


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