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Works of Love : Kierkegaard's Writings, Vol 16 Paperback – March 23, 1998
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This book is also extremely well-written, well-translated, and readable. _Works of Love_ is living proof of the theory that inherently complicated and profound subject matter does not necessarily have to be extremely difficult to read. Kierkegaard's use of anecdotal situations and clear real-life examples to illustrate his theories make the book more readily understandable, and his writing style naturally lends itself to clear and accurate translation. Unlike many German philosophers of the same time period, Kierkegaard (from Denmark) does not lapse into highly personal, abstract, and inaccessable concepts, but instead focuses on more realistic and timeless problems that have plagued humanity since the dawn of sentience. While authors like Hegel and Schopenhauer are intellectually stimulating and mildly interesting, reading their works does not exactly make you happier, more hopeful, and more empathetically caring. You are often left with nothing but pie-in-the-sky theories regarding esoteric philosophical questions that are only marginally relevant to the everyday realities we experience.Read more ›
A must read for Christians and for others interested in understanding Kierkegaardian philosphy.
The book is organized around the theme of becoming a true lover. SK normally cites a particular Biblical passage regarding love (i.e., "Love hides a multitude of sins") and then profoundly explores the implications of the passage for the reader's life. Often the contrast with "erotic" and "platonic" love (i.e. the poetic) is made to demonstrate how radical the call of Christian love really is.
Hauntingly powerful and soul-stopping: if you decide to read only one book by Kierkegaard, this is the one I'd recommend.
The Hong's translation is excellent, and scholarly end notes are provided.
First, he hits the genius of Christianity, and take's Paul's chapter on Charity, 1 Corinthians 13 as the backbone text. This is an impressive "love poem" which really explains why Christianity is so novel. If you don't believe me, read pre-Christian literature, such as Socrates, Homer, or The Epic of Gilgamesh. Pre-Christian society ignored human dignity and worth, and people were just functions of the state, or the whim of the king.
Secondly, Kierkegaard recognizes that love is a work, and not merely a state of heart or a chattering point. This notion of work is anathema to "Pop Protestantism," which was Kierkegaard's mortal enemy. He commented that the obsession with "grace" had turned Christianity upside-down, and had caused men to try and cheat God out of his religion. This is another way of saying that faith without works is dead.
Kierkegaard last insight is that God is the basis of love, which he underscores in the opening invocation. Too many people gloss by this prefacing prayer, but that is what separates love and love with power. God gives us power to love.
I found this translation quite readable. Soren, in any version, is rather thick, almost as if he is intentionally trying to hide things. Part of difficulty comes from the dense 19th Century verbosity that was a token of the age. However, his greatest asset is humorous illustrations, which helps mentally fix the points forever.
The only criticism I have is that Kierkegaard does not connect love to the Atonement.Read more ›
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Works of Love is, perhaps, the greatest single piece of literature written in the history of humankind. Read morePublished 9 months ago by The Inquirer
Very thought-provoking writing. Give yourself time to read slowly. Kierkegaard is hard to "skim. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Josh S
Kierkegaard (1813-1855) was a Danish philosopher, theologian, poet, social critic, and religious author, who was the first existentialist philosopher. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Steven H Propp
I thought as soon as I got this book that it was new! I really recommend this guys. I received it on time and looking forward to getting more books from this source.Published 21 months ago by Johan
This monumental discourse on Love by Soren Kierkegaard is a giant among Christian works devoted to understanding and living the Christian doctrine of Love. A must read!Published 22 months ago by David Bruce DeMers
This is an absolutely great book about love which shows its nature and how it operates in our hearts and relationships.Published on January 7, 2014 by Hehodos
"Works of Love" is argument-driven and therefore fits well into our modern day back-and-forth between secular and religious perspectives. Read morePublished on August 15, 2013 by Cultural ghost
The book was close to being new, but was underlined and had notes in the margins. I like the book.Published on May 19, 2013 by john