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Kierkegaard: A Very Short Introduction

Patrick Gardiner

February 2002

ISBN: 9780192802569

144 pages

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Very Short Introductions

Price: £8.99



Soren Kierkegaard (1813-55), one of the most original thinkers of the nineteenth century, wrote widely on religious, psychological, and literary themes. This book shows how Kierkegaard developed his views in emphatic opposition to prevailing opinions. His arresting but paradoxical conception of religious belief is critically discussed, and Patrick Gardiner concludes this lucid introduction by showing how Kiekegaard has influenced contemporary thought.

  • Kierkegaard is a seminal figure in the development of existentialism
  • Kierkegaard is widely read by non-philosophers for his insights into the human condition and religious belief

About the Author(s)

Patrick Gardiner, formerly a Fellow of Magdalen College, Oxford

Table of Contents

    1:Life and character
    2:Philosophical background
    3:The immorality of an age
    4:Modes of existence
    5:Truth and subjectivity
    6:Freedom and the self


"Gardiner's text continues to offer an excellent and beautifully written introduction." - The Interuniversity Kierkegaard Research Group, Tijdschrift Voor Filosofie