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Kierkegaard (Blackwell Great Minds) Hardcover – November 3, 2008

ISBN-13: 978-1405142779 ISBN-10: 1405142774 Edition: 1st

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“Ferreira manages with fine-grained precision to chart a double strand through Kierkegaard's life-works, 1843-55. Only a miniaturist of her especially sharp eye and steady hand could accomplish this in anything like the accuracy and detail everywhere so evident.” (Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews, March 2009)


"This work is an insightful introduction by one of Kierkegaard's foremost interpreters. Ferreira introduces readers to Kierkegaard by introducing them to Kierkegaard's texts, and she does so with sensitivity and grace. A remarkable achievement."
Professor C. Stephen Evans, Baylor University

"Jamie Ferreira's 'Kierkegaard' is clearly written, pedagogically sensitive, and informed by the best current research. It offers teachers, researchers and first-time readers a reliable guide to the whole Kierkegaard, including his edifying and religious works."
Professor George Pattison, University of Oxford

"Jamie Ferreira has accomplished what I myself would find impossible: She has written an intellectual introduction to Kierkegaard that is accessible to the general reader. Her book provides a comprehensive account of the content of Kierkegaard’s writings and captures the spirit of his work. In short, she strikes a felicitous balance between what and how Kierkegaard thought."
Niels Jørgen Cappelørn, Søren Kierkegaard Research Center, University of Copenhagen


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Product Details

  • Series: Blackwell Great Minds (Book 17)
  • Hardcover: 216 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell; 1 edition (November 3, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1405142774
  • ISBN-13: 978-1405142779
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 0.7 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #11,549,839 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Avant-Garde Politician: Leaders for a New Epoch


This is a very good comprehensive introduction to one of the most interesting thinkers of the modern period. But it is best to read it after having studied some of the writings of Kierkegaard.

Encouraged by the author's comments on various receptions and understandings of the works of Kierkegaard by different audiences (pp. 195-196), I would like to point out some main ideas discussed in the book relevant to my concerns with the critical need to radically upgrade politicians (as discussed in a recent book of mine):

(In the following, quotes are words of the author or her citations from Kierkegaard. Statements in brackets are comments of mine).

A somewhat detached critical view of the age in which one lives (p. 22) and a duty to "unsettle" it (p. 97); "A stark and repeated accent on the categories of `choice' and "freedom'" (p. 25) and resulting responsibilities (as later becoming a main tenet of existential philosophy); importance of a sense of guilt (p. 45); humans as "God's co-workers" in ruling (and being responsible for) creation (p. 62); the importance of "anxiety" as a result of being free (p. 78); "possibility places demands on us" (p.88); remaking oneself as a "work of art" (p. 109); need to avoid "loss of individuality" (in the sense of autonomy of the self) due to pressures of "the herd," the "crowd," "chatter;" (p. 119); "the crowd is untruth" (p. 120); avoiding "complacency with ourselves" (p. 129); "to become one's own master is the highest - and in love to help someone toward that" (what I call "maturing humanity") (p.
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