A short life of Kierkegaard by Walter Lowrie

By Walter Lowrie

A small, insignificant-looking highbrow with absurdly lengthy legs, Søren Kierkegaard (1813-1855) was once a veritable Hans Christian Andersen cartoon of a guy. an odd mix of witty cosmopolite and depression introvert, he spent years writing less than a chain of fantastical pseudonyms, lavishing all of the attractiveness of his tremendous brain on a seldom-appreciative international. He had a sad love affair with a tender lady, was once ruled by means of an unforgettable previous testomony father, fought a sensational literary duel with a favored satiric journal, and died in the middle of a violent quarrel with the kingdom church for which he had as soon as studied theology. but this iconoclast produced a few very good books that experience profoundly encouraged sleek thought.

during this vintage biography, the distinguished Kierkegaard translator Walter Lowrie offers a captivating and warmly appreciative advent to the lifestyles and paintings of the good Danish author. Lowrie tells the tale of Kierkegaard's emotionally turbulent lifestyles with a willing feel of drama and an acute figuring out of ways his existence formed his inspiration. the result's a perfectly informative and interesting portrait of 1 of crucial thinkers of the earlier centuries. This variation additionally contains Lowrie's wry essay "How Kierkegaard received into English," which tells the inconceivable tale of the way Lowrie turned considered one of Kierkegaard's valuable English translators regardless of no longer studying Danish until eventually he was once in his 60s, in addition to a brand new creation by way of Kierkegaard student Alastair Hannay.

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36 Happiness Evidently I am only a pedant. K. is not an apt subject for simple treatment. I have an uneasy presentiment that perhaps in such a task as this I may not be able in the sequel to avoid entirely similar digressions. But no future emergency of the sort can give me so much pain as this. ’s expression, meaning that I have got it off my ehest. Commonly, hard writing makes easy reading, and the possibility of “reading without tears” implies that some one has shed them abundantly. Now we can return to the motto: Half child-play, Half God in the heart.

But this is not the only mystery. Before the year of mourning was up he was married, on April 26, 1797, to Ane S0rendatter Lund, a distant kinswoman from Jütland who before his wife’s death was living as a servant in the house—or as “ help,” if we would employ the New England euphemism. The first child, Maren Kirsten, was born on September 7, 1797, exactly four months and eleven days after the marriage. Two more daughters, Nicoline Christine and Petrea Seve­ rine, and the eldest son, Peter Christian, were born in the course of the next eight years in the suburban town of Hiller0d, before Michael Kierkegaard moved his family to Co­ penhagen, where S0ren Michael was born in 1807, and where two years later, after he had bought the great house on the Nytorv alongside of the City Hall, Niels Andreas was born to him.

Once he stayed in Berlin for nearly five months. The occasion for this long absence was the wish to escape from the gossip aroused by his broken engagement, but he was also eager to hear Schelling who had begun to lecture there against the philosophy of Hegel. In that he was disappointed—but he wrote the greater part of Either/Or. Again, when he was agitated by the suspicion that his late fiancee had nodded to him in church he took refuge a second time in Berlin and stayed nearly two months, during which he wrote Repetition and Fear and Trembling.

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