Soren Kierkegaard by Joakim Garff
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Soren Kierkegaard
By Joakim Garff

Soren Kierkegaard

A Biography

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Soren Kierkegaard by Joakim Garff

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"The day will come when not only my writings, but precisely my life--the intriguing secret of all the machinery--will be studied and studied." Soren Kierkegaard's remarkable combination of genius and peculiarity made this a fair if arrogant prediction. But Kierkegaard's life has been notoriously hard to study, so complex was the web of fact and fiction in his work. Joakim Garff's biography of Kierkegaard is thus a landmark achievement. A seamless blend of history, philosophy, and psychological insight, all conveyed with novelistic verve, this is the most comprehensive and penetrating account yet written of the life and works of the enigmatic Dane who changed the course of intellectual history. Garff portrays Kierkegaard not as the all-controlling impresario behind some of the most important works of modern philosophy and religious thought--books credited with founding existentialism and prefiguring postmodernism--but rather as a man whose writings came to control him. Kierkegaard saw himself as a vessel for his writings, a tool in the hand of God, and eventually as a martyr singled out to call for the end of "Christendom." Garff explores the events and relationships that formed Kierkegaard, including his guilt-ridden relationship with his father, his rivalry with his brother, and his famously tortured relationship with his fiancee Regine Olsen. He recreates the squalor and splendor of Golden Age Copenhagen and the intellectual milieu in which Kierkegaard found himself increasingly embattled and mercilessly caricatured. Acclaimed as a major cultural event on its publication in Denmark in 2000, this book, here presented in an exceptionally crisp and elegant translation, will be the definitive account of Kierkegaard's life for years to come.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780691127880
ISBN-10: 0691127883
Format: Paperback
(229mm x 152mm x 47mm)
Pages: 896
Imprint: Princeton University Press
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Publish Date: 3-Apr-2007
Country of Publication: United States

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Soren Kierkegaard (1813-55) was an almost unbelievably prolific writer. At his death he left not only a massive body of published work, but also a sprawling mass of unpublished writings that rivaled the size of the published corpus. This book tells the story of the peculiar fate of this portion of Kierkegaard's literary remains.

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Author Biography - Joakim Garff

Joakim Garff is Associate Professor at the Soren Kierkegaard Research Center at the University of Copenhagen. He is the author of numerous books and articles and is the coeditor of a project to publish definitive new Danish-language editions of all of Kierkegaard's writings. Bruce H. Kirmmse is Professor of History at Connecticut College. His previous works include "Kierkegaard in Golden Age Denmark" and "Encounters with Kierkegaard" (Princeton). He is the chairman of the editorial board of "Kierkegaard's Journals and Notebooks" (Princeton, forthcoming).

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