Studies in the Philosophy of Kierkegaard by E. D. Klemke (auth.)

By E. D. Klemke (auth.)

In this quantity, i've got given cognizance to what I deliberate to be many of the imperative difficulties and subject matters within the philosophical considered SjiSren Kierkegaard. the various chapters were formerly submit­ ed yet have been revised for his or her visual appeal right here. Others have been written expressly for this ebook. i've got attempted to target concerns that have now not been commonly handled or emphasised within the scholarship on Kierkegaard aside from the writings of David Swenson and Paul L. Holmer to which (and to whom) i'm tremendously indebted. many of the positions for which i've got argued during this quantity (especially in Chapters IV and V) should be arguable. i'm thankful to all those that enabled me to hold out or inspired me in my stories of Kierkegaard or who assisted with reference to the learn for or guidance of this quantity. between those are: Professors Paul L. Holmer, F. Arthur Jacobson, and Dennis A. Rohatyn; Dean Wallace A. Russell and vice chairman Daniel J. Zaffarano of Iowa kingdom University.

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