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Single Idea 21909

[catalogued under 23. Ethics / F. Existentialism / 3. Angst]

Full Idea

Whoever learns to be anxious in the right way has learned the ultimate.

Gist of Idea

Ultimate knowledge is being anxious in the right way


Søren Kierkegaard (The Concept of Dread (/Anxiety) [1844], p.187), quoted by Alastair Hannay - Kierkegaard 06

Book Reference

Hannay,Alastair: 'Søren Kierkegaard: critical lives' [Reaktion Books 2018], p.103

A Reaction

This shows us that Kierkegaard had a rather bizarre mental life which the rest of us have little chance of penetrating. I'll have a go at cataloguing my types of anxiety, but I'm not hopeful.