Soren Kierkegaard and the Common Man

By Bruce H. Kirmmse

Translated by Bruce H. Kirmmse

Soren Kierkegaard and the Common Man

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  • ISBN: 9781606084663
  • Pages: 174
  • Publication Date: 3/10/2009
  • Retail Price: $20.00
Web Price: $16.00
Web Price: $16.00

Soren Kierkegaard and the Common Man

By Bruce H. Kirmmse

Translated by Bruce H. Kirmmse

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PAPERBACK

  • ISBN: 9781606084663
  • Pages: 174
  • Publication Date: 3/10/2009
  • Retail Price: $20.00
Web Price: $16.00

About-

Originally published in 1961, this study challenges the stereotype of Kierkegaard as being socially aloof and politically conservative. Bukdahl does a through job of contextualizing Kierkegaard in nineteenth-century Denmark, shedding light on his relationships with his family, various religious groups, and the leading intellectual figures of his time. At the same time, Kierkegaards fundamental interest in the plight of "the common man" is revealed both from his writings and his social encounters.

In addition to crafting a fine translation, Bruce Kirmmse has expanded the usefulness of Bukdahl's work by including a significant biographical introduction, informative notes identifying events and figures referenced in the text, and a guide pointing readers to English translations of all of Kierkegaard's writings.

Endorsements & Reviews-

"This volume is very well written and translated....The focus throughout is on the role of Christian faith and its implications for social relationships. Along the way, Bukdahl discusses Kierkegaard's relation to the Moravians, free church 'awakenings' of the day, the state church, the followers of Grundtvig, romanticism and fairy tales, and many of the leading intellectual figures of Kierkegaard's Denmark....The overall account sees the attack on the responsibility of the state church as the culmination of his life and authorship, and paraticularly focuses on the responsibility a Christian has to identify with the comman people and to be willing to suffer ostracism and persecution from the 'establishment.' "

C. Stephen Evans, Calvin College

Contributors-

Bruce H. Kirmmse

Bio(s)-

JORGEN BUKDAHL (1896 - 1982) was a Danish educator and author who wrote many books and articles on philosophical, religious, and cultural topics. Soren Kierkegaard and the Comman Man originally appeared in Danish and grew out of a series of popular lectures.

BRUCE H. KIRMMSE, emeritus professor of history at Connecticut College, is the author of Kierkegaard in Golden Age Denmark, Encounters With Kierkegaard, and numerous articles. His translations include Kresten Nordentoft's Kierkegaard's Psychology and Joakim Garff's Kierkegaard: A Biography. Kirmmse has served on the faculty of the University of Copenhagen, where he was director of the Department of Soren Kierkegaard Research, and as general editor of the 11 volume set of Kierkegaard's Journals and Notebooks.

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