Philosopher of the Heart: The Restless Life of Soren Kierkegaard

Carlisle, Clare


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‘Engrossing … Carlisle has pulled off the feat of writing a truly Kierkegaardian biography of Kierkegaard’ (Julian Baggini, Financial Times)

S ren Kierkegaard is now celebrated as the father of existentialism – yet his contemporaries described as a philosopher of the heart. In the 1840s and 1850s, writings poured from his pen analysing love and suffering, courage and anxiety, religious longing and defiance, and forging a new philosophical style rooted in the inward drama of being human. His restless creativity was spurred on by own failures- his relationship with the young woman whom he promised to marry, then left to devote himself to writing, haunted him throughout his life. Though tormented by the pressures of celebrity, he lived amidst the crowds in Copenhagen, known by everyone but, he felt, understood by no one. When he collapsed exhausted at the age of 42, he was still pursuing the question of existence- how to be a human being in this world?

Clare Carlisle’s innovative and moving biography writes Kierkegaard’s remarkable life as far as possible from his own perspective, conveying what it was like to be this Socrates of Christendom – as he put it, living life forwards yet only understanding it backwards

Format: Paperback
Pages: 368
Imprint: Penguin Books Ltd
Publication date: 05/03/2020

ISBN: 9780141984438 Categories: ,