(1813 - 1855)
Kierkegaard was born in Denmark into a deeply religious, devoutly
Pietist family. He was the last of seven children, all of whom were
raised to fear and venerate the Lord. In 1821 Kierkegaard was sent
to the School of Civic Virtue. In 1830 he entered university,
intending to study theology, but was drawn instead to the study of
philosophy. In 1940, however, feeling an obligation to his father,
with whom he had only recently improved relations before his father's
death in 1938 after being estranged for many years, Kierkegaard resumed
his theological studies and finally wrote and passed the examination.
In 1940 Kierkegaard also became engaged to a woman named Regine Olsen,
with whom he was deeply in love, but he broke the engagement off the
following year. After that, he wrote on many subjects under a variety
of pseudonyms. In 1948 Kierkegaard began to attack the Danish State
Church vigorously, but died suddenly in 1955.
Note: Names enclosed in square brackets are
- The Concept of Irony. (Dissertation for the
Master's degree) (1841)
- Either/Or. [ed. Victor Eremita]
- Johannes Climacus, or De Omnibus Dubitandum Est
(Written 1842/3 and left unfinished): and a
- Edifying Discourses I-IV. (1843/4)
- Repetition. [Constantine Constantius]
- Fear and Trembling. [Johannes de
- Philosophical Fragments. [Johannes
- The Concept of Dread. [Vigilius
- Thoughts on Crucial Situations in Human Life: Three
Discourses on Imagined Occasions. (1845)
- Stages on Life's Way. [Hilarius
- Concluding Unscientific Postscript to the Philosophical
Fragments. [Johannes Climacus]
- On Authority and Revelation. (Written 1846/7:
- Edifying Discourses in a Different Vein.
- Works of Love. (1847)
- Christian Discourses (1848), The
Lilies of the Field and the Birds of the Air
(1849), and Three Discourses at the Communion on
- The Present Age, and Two Minor Ethico-Religious
Treatises. [H. H.] (1848)
- The Crisis and a Crisis in the Life of an Actress.
[Inter et Inter]
- Sickness Unto Death. [Anti-Climacus]
- The Point of View of My Work as an Author. Two Notes about
'The Individual', and On My Work as an Author.
- Armed Neutrality, and An Open Letter.
- For Self-Examination: Judge for Yourselves! together
with Two Discourses at the Communion on Fridays
(1851); The Unchangeableness of God;
An Address (1855)
- Kierkegaard's Attack On 'Christendom'.
- Training in Christianity.
- Journals (1834-54).
- The Prayers of Kierkegaard.
- Meditations from Kierkegaard.
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