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Kierkegaard -- as in: Søren Kierkegaard
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  • As Kierkegaard explained, "Life can only be understood backwards; but it must be lived forwards."
  • "A pattern that continued with the always-clad-in-black Katherine XIV, who I met that spring when she came up to me at a coffee shop and asked if I was reading Camus, which I was, and I said I was, and then she asked if I had ever read Kierkegaard, and I said I had because I had, and then by the time we left the coffee shop we were holding hands and her phone number was in MN brand-new cell phone, and she liked to take me for walks on the lakeshore, where we’d watch the waves crashing…
    John Green  --  An Abundance of Katherines
  • Past the equipment, there was a dusty old paisley chair with a sagging seat, a desk, and a bookshelf above the bed containing the collected works of Soren Kierkegaard.
    John Green  --  The Fault in Our Stars
  • And in talking about him we will unavoidably touch on Kierkegaard’s indignant clash with Hegelian philosophy.
    Jostein Gaarder  --  Sophie’s World

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  • But I’m sure we would have had a bus accident around the next bend, and ’with all eyes fixed on me I would have to explain, amidst the crying and moaning of victims, that I meant in law; then, to their appeal to help them sue the government over the mishap, I would have to confess that as a matter of fact it was a Bachelor’s in philosophy; next, to the shouts of what meaning such a bloody tragedy could have, I would have to admit that I had hardly touched Kierkegaard; and so on.
    Yann Martel  --  Life of Pi
  • They had showed him, but before he started he wanted to clean up an important chapter about Kierkegaard—what do I know about it?
    Saul Bellow  --  The Adventures of Augie March
  • He discovered that he could wrestle with Kierkegaard while he waited for mortar to dry and find new insights in Kant and Vandeur while carefully checking the apples for worms.
    Dan Simmons  --  Hyperion
  • They talked that night about Kierkegaard’s concept of dutiful love versus passionate love-something the boys had just learned in Philosophy-and she turns to tell Harriet "how the boys were making a case for dutiful love as being superior.
    Ron Suskind  --  A Hope in the Unseen
  • You also need to hear about Hegel and Kierkegaard.
    Jostein Gaarder  --  Sophie’s World
  • All the rooms in the Hotel Filosoof were named after filosoofers: Mom and I were staying on the ground floor in the Kierkegaard; Augustus was on the floor above us, in the Heidegger.
    John Green  --  The Fault in Our Stars

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  • The Kierkegaard one?
    Dan Simmons  --  Hyperion
  • Sol set aside the book he was working on-an analysis of Kierkegaard’s theories of ethics as compromise morality as applied to the legal machinery of the Hegemony-and concentrated on collecting arcane data on time, on Hyperion, and on the story of Abraham.
    Dan Simmons  --  Hyperion
  • We arrived in my room, the Kierkegaard.
    John Green  --  The Fault in Our Stars
  • Kierkegaard Europe is on the road to bankruptcy Hilde looked at her watch.
    Jostein Gaarder  --  Sophie’s World
  • It is, for example, S0ren Kierkegaard’s reaction to the idealism of the Romantics.
    Jostein Gaarder  --  Sophie’s World
  • But it also encompasses another Dane who lived at the same time as Kierkegaard, the famous fairy-tale writer Hans Christian Andersen.
    Jostein Gaarder  --  Sophie’s World
  • He reacted against the idealistic philosophy of Spinoza just as Kierkegaard reacted against Hegel.
    Jostein Gaarder  --  Sophie’s World
  • We’ll talk a bit about Kierkegaard before we stop for today.
    Jostein Gaarder  --  Sophie’s World
  • I think Kierkegaard must have taken a few hefty swigs from that one.
    Jostein Gaarder  --  Sophie’s World
  • This was just what made Kierkegaard so indignant.
    Jostein Gaarder  --  Sophie’s World
  • Therefore to Kierkegaard, Hegel and the Romantics were tarred with the same brush.
    Jostein Gaarder  --  Sophie’s World
  • S0ren Kierkegaard was born in 1813 and was subjected to a very severe upbringing by his father.
    Jostein Gaarder  --  Sophie’s World
  • To Kierkegaard, Christianity was both so overwhelming and so irrational that it had to be an either/or.
    Jostein Gaarder  --  Sophie’s World
  • But Kierkegaard saw how both the church and people in general had a noncommittal approach to religious questions.
    Jostein Gaarder  --  Sophie’s World
  • To Kierkegaard, religion and knowledge were like fire and water.
    Jostein Gaarder  --  Sophie’s World
  • Kierkegaard began his study of theology when he was seventeen, but he became increasingly absorbed in philosophical questions.
    Jostein Gaarder  --  Sophie’s World
  • Unlike the Romantics, Socrates was what Kierkegaard called an ’existential’ thinker.
    Jostein Gaarder  --  Sophie’s World
  • After breaking off his engagement in 1841, Kierkegaard went to Berlin where he attended Schelling’s lectures.
    Jostein Gaarder  --  Sophie’s World
  • Kierkegaard thought Hegel had forgotten that he was a man.
    Jostein Gaarder  --  Sophie’s World
  • And what, according to Kierkegaard, is a man?
    Jostein Gaarder  --  Sophie’s World
  • A broad description of human nature or human beings was totally without interest to Kierkegaard.
    Jostein Gaarder  --  Sophie’s World
  • There is a story about Buddha that illustrates what Kierkegaard meant.
    Jostein Gaarder  --  Sophie’s World
  • Both Buddha and Kierkegaard had a strong sense of only existing for a brief moment.
    Jostein Gaarder  --  Sophie’s World
  • Kierkegaard also said that truth is ’subjective.’
    Jostein Gaarder  --  Sophie’s World
  • Things we can know through reason, or knowledge, are according to Kierkegaard totally unimportant.
    Jostein Gaarder  --  Sophie’s World
  • Kierkegaard wrote: ’If I am capable of grasping God objectively, I do not believe, but precisely because I cannot do this I must believe.
    Jostein Gaarder  --  Sophie’s World
  • So we have looked at what Kierkegaard meant by ’existential,’ what he meant by ’subjective truth,’ and what his concept of ’faith’ was.
    Jostein Gaarder  --  Sophie’s World
  • I wonder what Kierkegaard would have said to Joanna’s parents.
    Jostein Gaarder  --  Sophie’s World
  • That brings us to Kierkegaard’s theory of what he called the three stages on life’s way.
    Jostein Gaarder  --  Sophie’s World
  • Kierkegaard believed that there were three different forms of life.
    Jostein Gaarder  --  Sophie’s World
  • According to Kierkegaard, angst is almost positive.
    Jostein Gaarder  --  Sophie’s World
  • Kierkegaard’s description of this ’category of decision’ can be somewhat reminiscent of Socrates’ view that all true insight comes from within.
    Jostein Gaarder  --  Sophie’s World
  • Kierkegaard, like Kant, drew attention first and foremost to human temperament.
    Jostein Gaarder  --  Sophie’s World
  • Kierkegaard never claimed that the ethical stage was satisfactory.
    Jostein Gaarder  --  Sophie’s World
  • And although it can be ’terrible to jump into the open arms of the living God,’ as Kierkegaard put it, it is the only path to redemption.
    Jostein Gaarder  --  Sophie’s World
  • Yes, because to Kierkegaard, the religious stage was Christianity.
    Jostein Gaarder  --  Sophie’s World
  • Kierkegaard had written a master of arts thesis on Socrates.
    Jostein Gaarder  --  Sophie’s World
  • Because Kierkegaard became an existentialist and Marx became a materialist?
    Jostein Gaarder  --  Sophie’s World
  • Each in his own way, both Kierkegaard and Marx took Hegel’s philosophy as their point of departure.
    Jostein Gaarder  --  Sophie’s World
  • She suddenly came to think of Kierkegaard, who had said that what characterized the crowd most was their idle chatter.
    Jostein Gaarder  --  Sophie’s World
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