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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.189 Traditional views of truth are tautologies, and truth is empty without a subject
p.189 Reason is just abstractions, so our essence needs a subjective 'leap of faith'
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
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'
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
1846 Concluding Unscientific Postscript
'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
'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
1854 The Journals of Kierkegaard
18/07/1840 p.12 Philosophy can't be unbiased if it ignores language, as that is no more independent than individuals are
JP-1:214 p.214 The best way to be a Christian is without 'Christianity'
JP-I, 188 p.188 If Kant lives by self-administered laws, this is as feeble as self-administered punishments
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
1855 Attack Upon Christendom
p.290 p.290 When we seek our own 'freedom' we are just trying to avoid responsibility