Kierkegaard in the Present Age

Kierkegaard in the Present Age

Kierkegaard in the Present Age

Kierkegaard in the Present Age

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Gordon Marino is one of the world's leading Kierkegaard scholars. He is the basso profundo of Kierkegaard's war against the umwelt of the Church. His lyrical gift, as a Kierkegaard scholar, bears comparison to that of Professor Sir Laurence Olivier's trumpet voice as he calls down the wrath of God upon the French. The Church are Olivier's French. Gordon Marino is best read, in Olivier's voice, on his knees, praying to the god of battles for victory at Agincourt. Kierkegaard experiences Agincourt after Agincourt. He is the world's greatest writer as loser. Marino understands this and gives no quarter.

It is a paradox that would have delighted S.K. that this great Kierkegaard scholar was also the boxing coach at the Virginia Military Institute. Egyptomania is not Kierkegaard's condition of despair; nor is it Marino's.

Philip Rieff Benjamin Franklin Professor of Sociology & University Professor Emeritus University of Pennsylvania . . .

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