Kierkegaard, Søren Aabye (1813–55)

DOI: 10.4324/9780415249126-DC044-1
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List of works

  • Kierkegaard, S.A. (1962–4) Samlede Vaerker, ed. A.B. Drachmann, J.L. Heiberg and H.O. Lange, Copenhagen: Gyldendalske Boghandel, 20 vols.

    (The definitive edition of Kierkegaard’s complete works.)

  • Kierkegaard, S.A. (1841) Om Begrebet Ironi, trans. H.V. Hong and E.H. Hong, The Concept of Irony, Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 1989.

    (Kierkegaard’s university dissertation. Though principally concerned with Socratic irony, he also discusses the concept in relation to writers associated with German romanticism.)

  • Kierkegaard, S.A. (1843a) Enten-Eller, trans. H.V. Hong and E.H. Hong, Either/Or, Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 1987, 2 vols.

    (Presents contrasting life-views, one aesthetic and the other ethical, in the form of papers and letters attributed to two imaginary characters.)

  • Kierkegaard, S.A. (1843b) Frygt og Baeven and Gjentagelsen, trans. H.V. Hong and E.H. Hong, Fear and Trembling and Repetition, Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 1983.

    (Two pseudonymous writings: the first an extended meditation on the implications of the biblical story of Abraham and Isaac; the second a portrayal in fictional form of psychological, ethical and religious issues raised by a problematic love-affair.)

  • Kierkegaard, S.A. (1844) Philosophiske Smuler, trans. H.V. Hong and E.H. Hong, Philosophical Fragments, Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 1985.

    (A concise and complex study in which idealist and rationalist approaches to truth are contrasted with ones fundamental to Christian belief.)

  • Kierkegaard, S.A. (1844) Begrebet Angest, trans. R. Thomte and A.B. Anderson, The Concept of Anxiety, Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 1980.

    (An analysis of a pervasive attitude of mind (Angst) chiefly evoked by an awareness of human freedom and of possibilities involving radical choice.)

  • Kierkegaard, S.A. (1845) Stadier paa Livets Vej, trans. H.V. Hong and E.H. Hong, Stages on Life’s Way, Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 1988.

    (The stages in the title are identified as aesthetic, ethical and religious, Kierkegaard’s treatment of the last of these drawing indirectly but graphically on his own life and experience.)

  • Kierkegaard, S.A. (1846) Afsluttende uvidenskabelig Efterskrift, trans. D.F. Swenson, L.M. Swenson and W. Lowrie, Concluding Unscientific Postscript, Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 1941.

    (The book most central to an understanding of Kierkegaard’s philosophical position, both in its critique of objective or speculative approaches to religion and in its correlative stress on the irreducibly subjective character of authentic religious faith.)

  • Kierkegaard, S.A. (1849) Sygdommen til Døden, trans. H.V. Hong and E.H. Hong, The Sickness Unto Death, Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 1980.

    (Contains intricate accounts of various forms of spiritual malaise seen as reflecting specific failures in individual self-development.)

  • Kierkegaard, S.A. (1850) Indøvelse i Christendom, trans. W. Lowrie, Training in Christianity, Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 1944.

    (Kierkegaard’s final pseudonymous work. Strongly critical of contemporary interpretations of Christianity, it anticipates the uncompromising virulence of his open attacks on the clerical establishment in the last year of his life.)

  • Kierkegaard, S.A. (1967–78) Journals and Papers, trans. H.V. Hong and E.H. Hong, Bloomington, IN: Indiana University Press, 7 vols.

    (A comprehensive and scholarly edition in English of assorted writings unpublished in Kierkegaard’s lifetime.)

References and further reading

  • Arbaugh, G.B. and G.H. (1967) Kierkegaard’s Authorship, Rock Island, IL: Augustana College Library.

    (Contains summaries and concise discussions of the main publications.)

  • Collins, J. (1983) The Mind of Kierkegaard, Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press.

    (A clear and informative account of Kierkegaard’s thought.)

  • Edwards, P. (1973) ‘Kierkegaard and the “Truth” of Christianity’, inP. Edwards and A. Pap (eds) A Modern Introduction to Philosophy, New York: The Free Press, Macmillan.

    (Criticizes a central aspect of Kierkegaard’s account of religious belief.)

  • Gardiner, P. (1988) Kierkegaard, Oxford: Oxford University Press.

    (Introduction to Kierkegaard’s philosophical writings and their historical background.)

  • Green, R.M. (1992) Kierkegaard and Kant: The Hidden Debt, New York: State University of New York Press.

    (Investigates the extent of Kantian influence on Kierkegaard’s treatment of ethical and religious themes.)

  • Hannay, A. (1982) Kierkegaard, London: Routledge & Kegan Paul.

    (Comprehensive study of the structure and contemporary implications of Kierkegaard’s thought.)

  • Law, D.R. (1993) Kierkegaard as Negative Theologian, Oxford: Clarendon Press.

    (Discusses Kierkegaard’s place in the tradition of thinkers who have stressed the unknowability of God.)

  • Mackey, L. (1971) Kierkegaard: A Kind of Poet, Philadelphia, PA: University of Pennsylvania Press.

    (A subtle appraisal stressing the literary aspects of Kierkegaard’s work.)

  • Malantschuk, G. (1971) Kierkegaard’s Thought, ed. and trans. H.V. and E.H. Hong, Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press.

    (Wide-ranging exploration of the presuppositions and interrelations of Kierkegaard’s leading ideas.)

  • Michalson, G.E. (1985) Lessing’s ‘Ugly Ditch’: A Study of Theology and History, University Park, PA: Pennsylvania State University Press.

    (Includes lengthy discussion of Kierkegaard’s relation to Lessing.)

  • Rudd, A. (1993) Kierkegaard and the Limits of the Ethical, Oxford: Oxford University Press.

    (Relates Kierkegaard’s contributions to problems in moral and religious philosophy to modern analytical work in these fields.)

  • Thompson, J. (1974) Kierkegaard, London: Gollancz.

    (A penetrating critical biography.)

  • Thulstrup, N. (1980) Kierkegaard’s Relation to Hegel, trans. G.L. Stengren, Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press.

    (Provides detailed account of the historical connections.)

  • Weston, M. (1994) Kierkegaard and Modern Continental Philosophy, London and New York: Routledge.

    (Relates Kierkegaard’s critique of traditional forms of philosophy to the work of such later thinkers as Nietzsche, Heidegger and Derrida.)

Citing this article:
Gardiner, Patrick. Bibliography. Kierkegaard, Søren Aabye (1813–55), 1998, doi:10.4324/9780415249126-DC044-1. Routledge Encyclopedia of Philosophy, Taylor and Francis,
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