Alastair Hannay
Kierkegaard: A Biography
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Kierkegaard A Biography Written by one of the world s preeminent authorities on Kierkegard this biography is the first to reveal the delicate imbrication of Kierkegard s life and thought To grasp the importance and influenc
  • Title: Kierkegaard: A Biography
  • Author: Alastair Hannay
  • ISBN: 9780521531818
  • Page: 175
  • Format: Paperback
  • Written by one of the world s preeminent authorities on Kierkegard, this biography is the first to reveal the delicate imbrication of Kierkegard s life and thought To grasp the importance and influence of Kierkegaard s thought far beyond his native Denmark, it is necessary to trace the many factors that led this gifted but according to his headmaster exceedingly childiWritten by one of the world s preeminent authorities on Kierkegard, this biography is the first to reveal the delicate imbrication of Kierkegard s life and thought To grasp the importance and influence of Kierkegaard s thought far beyond his native Denmark, it is necessary to trace the many factors that led this gifted but according to his headmaster exceedingly childish youth to grapple with traditional philosophical problems and religious themes in a way that later generations would recognize as amounting to a philosophical revolution Although Kierkegaard s works are widely tapped and cited they are seldom placed in context Nor is due attention placed to their chronology However, perhaps than the work of any other contributor to the Western philosophical tradition, these writings are so closely meshed with the background and details of the author s life that knowledge of this is indispensible to their content Alastair Hannay solves these problems by following the chronological sequence of events and focusing on the formative stages of his career from the success of his first, pseudonymous work DEGREESEither Or through to The Sickness Unto Death and Practice in Christianity This book offers a powerful narrative account which will be of particular interest to philosophers, literary theorists, intellectual historians, and scholars of religious studies as well as any non specialist looking for an authoritative guide to the life and work of one of the most original and fascinating figures in Western philosophy Alastair Hannay is Professor Emeritus in the department of philosophy at the University of Oslo He is the co editor of The Cambridge Companion of Kierkegaard 1998 and is also translator of several works by Kierkegaard in Penguin Classics.
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    1. Justin Evans says:

      Recently I complained that a biography of Rousseau spent too much time on the kind of bosom Rousseau preferred, and too little on his ideas Alastair Hannay heard me, and wrote this book, and now I have to apologize, because I really would like a bit of the bosom preference as revelatory of character approach But not really Hannay s biography is not biography in any way that non readers of philosophy would recognize it The bulk of the text is taken up with long descriptions and analyses of Kierk [...]

    2. Shane Eide says:

      emergenthermitAlastair Hannay s Kierkegaard is, over all, an exemplary contribution to the very peculiar genre that is the biography of the philosopher Biographies on philosophers tend to make a few common mistakes The first would be a mistake common in any kind of biography the writer highlights a few sensational aspects of the subject s life as if in desperate competition with writers of detective novels and erotica Another common trap is when the writer tries too hard to synthesize the ideas [...]

    3. Nathaniel says:

      I have read sections for research I would love to read the whole thing through soon The writing is entertaining as well as informative This Biography gives great insight into a fantastic philosopher.

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