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Ideas of Søren Kierkegaard, by Text

[Danish, 1813 - 1855, Born in Copenhagen.]

1835 Letter to Peter Wilhelm Lund
J-1A p.8 I recognise knowledge, but it is the truth by which I can live and die that really matters
1843 Either/Or: a fragment of life
p.37 Philosophy fails to articulate the continual becoming of existence [Carlisle]
p.41 Faith is like a dancer's leap, going up to God, but also back to earth [Carlisle]
p.62 Kierkegaard prioritises the inward individual, rather than community [Carlisle]
p.75 There are aesthetic, ethical and religious subjectivity [Carlisle]
p.189 Reason is just abstractions, so our essence needs a subjective 'leap of faith' [Scruton]
p.189 Traditional views of truth are tautologies, and truth is empty without a subject [Scruton]
I:26 p.60 For me time stands still, and I with it [Carlisle]
p.106 p.32 What matters is not right choice, but energy, earnestness and pathos in the choosing
Pt.1 p.57 The plebeians bore others; only the nobility bore themselves
1843 Fear and Trembling
p.49 p.49 Either Abraham rises higher than universal ethics, or he is a mere murderer
Prob I p.88 Abraham was willing to suspend ethics, for a higher idea
1843 Repetition
p.73 Subjective truth can only be sustained by repetition [Carlisle]
p.49 p.73 Life is a repetition when what has been now becomes
1844 The Concept of Dread (/Anxiety)
p.97 Anxiety is not a passing mood, but a response to human freedom [Carlisle]
p.105 Socrates neglects the gap between knowing what is good and doing good [Carlisle]
p.154 p.100 The ultimate in life is learning to be anxious in the right way
p.187 p.103 Ultimate knowledge is being anxious in the right way
p.55 p.81 Anxiety is staring into the yawning abyss of freedom
1844 Philosophical Fragments
p.40 p.40 I assume existence, rather than reasoning towards it
p.74 p.74 Nothing necessary can come into existence, since it already 'is'
1845 works
p.1 The most important aspect of a human being is not reason, but passion [Carlisle]
1846 Concluding Unscientific Postscript
p.18 God cannot be demonstrated objectively, because God is a subject, only existing inwardly
p.21 The highest truth we can get is uncertainty held fast by an inward passion
p.23 People want to lose themselves in movements and history, instead of being individuals
p.71 Kierkegaard's truth draws on authenticity, fidelity and honesty [Carlisle]
'Author' p.194 I conceived it my task to create difficulties everywhere
'Inwardness' p.215 Without risk there is no faith
'Lessing' p.203 While big metaphysics is complete without ethics, personal philosophy emphasises ethics
'Lessing' p.204 Pantheism destroys the distinction between good and evil
'Lessing' p.206 Speculative philosophy loses the individual in a vast vision of humanity
p.106 p.106 Pure truth is for infinite beings only; I prefer endless striving for truth
p.281 p.25 The real subject is ethical, not cognitive
p.459 p.354 Wherever there is painless contradiction there is also comedy
'Subjective' p.208 Becoming what one is is a huge difficulty, because we strongly aspire to be something else
'Subjective' p.210 Faith is the highest passion in the sphere of human subjectivity
'Thinker' p.231 God does not think or exist; God creates, and is eternal
1847 Works of Love
p.158 p.158 Perfect love is not in spite of imperfections; the imperfections must be loved as well
1849 Sickness unto Death
p.59 p.59 The self is a combination of pairs of attributes: freedom/necessity, infinite/finite, temporal/eternal
1850 The Journals of Kierkegaard
1840.07.18 p.12 Philosophy can't be unbiased if it ignores language, as that is no more independent than individuals are
1855.09.25 p.156 Our destiny is the highest pitch of world-weariness
JP-1:214 p.214 The best way to be a Christian is without 'Christianity'
JP-III, 40-41 p.40 If people marry just because they are lonely, that is self-love, not love
JP-III, 635 p.450 Life may be understood backwards, but it has to be lived forwards
JP-III, 635 p.635 Fixed ideas should be tackled aggressively
p.146 p.4 We need to see that Christianity cannot be understood
1855 Attack Upon Christendom
p.290 p.290 When we seek our own 'freedom' we are just trying to avoid responsibility