Something about Kierkegaard

Something about Kierkegaard

Something about Kierkegaard

Something about Kierkegaard

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In his Concluding Unscientific Postscript, Kierkegaard has used as a heading for one of the chapters the expression, "Something about Lessing." The phrase is almost deceptive in its simplicity. It promises so little, and yet it is comprehensive enough to cover not only Kierkegaard's conception of the contribution made by Lessing to the history of philosophical thought, but also his own admiration for Lessing as a thinker. In the compilation of this small volume of interpretations of the thought of Søren Kierkegaard, I have ventured to paraphrase his own expression, and call it "Something about Kierkegaard," not because it is inclusive, but because it is unpretentious.

While Kierkegaard has long been recognized in continental Europe as one of the world's foremost thinkers, it is only recently that he is coming to be known by the English-reading public. His first work to be translated into English, the Philosophical Fragments, appeared only five years ago. Since then some eight or ten of his more important books have been published in English, with a prospect of more in the near future. As a result of this tardy recognition, English interpretations of Kierkegaard's thought and commentaries concerning it, have been practically non-existent, a condition which is bound to alter rapidly as he becomes better known, since his ideas are not only thought-provoking but frequently controversial in content. Meantime, the publication of this little book of interpretations, meagre though it is, seems justified, representing as it does a lifetime of devoted . . .

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