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Soren Kierkegaard: The Giants of Philosophy | [George Connell]

Soren Kierkegaard: The Giants of Philosophy

For Kierkegaard, truth is a subjective reality which we must live, not something to simply consider and discuss. His self-consciousness and self-examination highlight the practical demands of existence, and he opposes the speculative thinking of philosophical idealists. Kierkegaard says much of life's meaning depends not on external conditions, but on our internal choices about relating to them. He urges us to live with purpose and emphasizes that our task is not knowing but doing.
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For Kierkegaard, truth is a subjective reality which we must live, not something to simply consider and discuss. His self-consciousness and self-examination highlight the practical demands of existence, and he opposes the speculative thinking of philosophical idealists. Kierkegaard says much of life's meaning depends not on external conditions, but on our internal choices about relating to them. He urges us to live with purpose and emphasizes that our task is not knowing but doing.

In Either/Or, he concentrates on sensual indulgence versus duty and the avant garde versus tradition. In Sickness unto Death, Kierkegaard diagnoses a spiritual disease throughout society: despair. Kierkegaard argues that we are estranged from the source of our very being as we try to escape the moral responsibility of the self.

The Giants of Philosophy is a series of dramatic presentations, in understandable language, of the concerns, questions, interests, and overall world view of history's greatest philosophers. Special emphasis on clear and relevant explanations gives you a new arsenal of insights toward living a better life.

Don't miss other titles in The Giants of Philosophy series.

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    Quick read but pretty good depth on Kierkegaard's contributions to the field. Very thought provoking

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    Sean SOUTH JORDAN, UT, United States 10-20-12
    Sean SOUTH JORDAN, UT, United States 10-20-12

    Tell us about yourself! I am a 43 year old wanna be intellect. I love people doing things for me and i guess that includes my reading! My interests vary widely so this site is right up my alley....maybe too much so!!!

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    What did you love best about Soren Kierkegaard?

    It taught me why philosophy matters.


    What did you like best about this story?

    His love for Regina and his understanding that subjectivity is more important than objectivity.Allthough tragic the genius that Soren had taught people to look for more than just getting by. This story told me I need to find my purpose and when I do that will be "my" truth, not what everyone else thinks it should be for me.


    What about Charlton Heston’s performance did you like?

    His calrity and obvious love for the subject matter.


    What’s the most interesting tidbit you’ve picked up from this book?

    Truth is what you make of it, not what the world does.


    Any additional comments?

    Wonderful summary....I listened to it 3 times. His life just fascinated me

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