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BEST Kierkegaard Books: The Ultimate Collection

There are countless Kierkegaard courses, tutorials, articles available online, but for some, having a book is still a necessity to learn. This is an up-to-date list of recommended books.

1. The Essential Kierkegaard (2000)

 BEST Kierkegaard Books: The Ultimate CollectionThis is the most comprehensive anthology of Søren Kierkegaard’s works ever assembled in English. Drawn from the volumes of Princeton’s authoritative Kierkegaard’s Writings series by editors Howard and Edna Hong, the selections represent every major aspect of Kierkegaard’s extraordinary career. They reveal the powerful mix of philosophy, psychology, theology, and literary criticism that made Kierkegaard one of the most compelling writers of the nineteenth century and a shaping force in the twentieth. With an introduction to Kierkegaard’s writings as a whole and explanatory notes for each selection, this is the…
Author(s): Søren Kierkegaard, Howard V. Hong, et al.

2. Either/Or: A Fragment of Life (Penguin Classics) (1992)

 BEST Kierkegaard Books: The Ultimate CollectionIn Either/Or, using the voices of two characters—the aesthetic young man of part one, called simply “A,” and the ethical Judge Vilhelm of the second section—Kierkegaard reflects upon the search for a meaningful existence, contemplating subjects as diverse as Mozart, drama, boredom, and, in the famous Seducer’s Diary, the cynical seduction and ultimate rejection of a young, beautiful woman. A masterpiece of duality, Either/Or is a brilliant exploration of the conflict between the aesthetic and the ethical – both meditating ironically and seductively upon Epicurean pleasures, and eloquently expounding the noble…
Author(s): Soren Kierkegaard , Victor Eremita, et al.

3. Works of Love (Harper Perennial Modern Thought) (2009)

 BEST Kierkegaard Books: The Ultimate CollectionOne of Soren Kierkegaard’s most important writings, Works of Love is a profound examination of the human heart, in which the great philosopher conducts the reader into the inmost secrets of Love. “Deep within every man,” Kierkegaard writes, “there lies the dread of being alone in the world, forgotten by God, overlooked among the household of millions upon millions.” Love, for Kierkegaard, is one of the central aspects of existence; it saves us from isolation and unites us with one another and with God. This new edition of Works of Love features an original foreword by Kierkegaard scholar George Pattison….
Author(s): Soren Kierkegaard

4. Fear and Trembling (Penguin Classics) (1986)

 BEST Kierkegaard Books: The Ultimate CollectionWriting under the pseudonym of “Johannes de silentio,” Kierkegaard expounds his personal view of religion through a discussion of the scene in Genesis in which Abraham prepares to sacrifice his son Isaac at God’s command. Believing Abraham’s unreserved obedience to be the essential leap of faith needed to make a full commitment to his religion, Kierkegaard himself made great sacrifices in order to dedicate his life entirely to his philosophy and to God. The conviction shown in this religious polemic—that a man can have an exceptional mission in life—informed all Kierkegaard’s later writings. His…
Author(s): Soren Kierkegaard , Alastair Hannay, et al.

5. The Concept of Anxiety: A Simple Psychologically Oriented Deliberation in View of the Dogmatic Problem of Hereditary Sin (2015)

 BEST Kierkegaard Books: The Ultimate CollectionThe first new translation of Kierkegaard’s masterwork in a generation brings to vivid life this essential work of modern philosophy.Brilliantly synthesizing human insights with Christian dogma, Soren Kierkegaard presented, in 1844, The Concept of Anxiety as a landmark “psychological deliberation,” suggesting that our only hope in overcoming anxiety was not through “powder and pills” but by embracing it with open arms. While Kierkegaard’s Danish prose is surprisingly rich, previous translations―the most recent in 1980―have marginalized the work with alternately florid or…
Author(s): Soren Kierkegaard, Alastair Hannay

6. Kierkegaard’s Writings, XXII, Volume 22: The Point of View (2009)

 BEST Kierkegaard Books: The Ultimate CollectionAs a spiritual autobiography, Kierkegaard’s The Point of View for My Work as an Author stands among such great works as Augustine’s Confessions and Newman’s Apologia pro Vita Sua. Yet Point of View is neither a confession nor a defense; it is an author’s story of a lifetime of writing, his understanding of the maze of greatly varied works that make up his oeuvre. Upon the imminent publication of the second edition of Either/Or, Kierkegaard again intended to cease writing. Now was the time for a direct “report to history” on the authorship as a whole. In addition to Point of View, which was published posthumously, the…
Author(s): Søren Kierkegaard, Howard V. Hong, et al.

7. The Sickness Unto Death: A Christian Psychological Exposition For Upbuilding And Awakening (Kierkegaard’s Writings, Vol 19) (v. 19) (1983)

 BEST Kierkegaard Books: The Ultimate CollectionA companion piece to The Concept of Anxiety, this work continues Søren Kierkegaard’s radical and comprehensive analysis of human nature in a spectrum of possibilities of existence. Present here is a remarkable combination of the insight of the poet and the contemplation of the philosopher. In The Sickness unto Death, Kierkegaard moves beyond anxiety on the mental-emotional level to the spiritual level, where–in contact with the eternal–anxiety becomes despair. Both anxiety and despair reflect the misrelation that arises in the self when the elements of the synthesis–the infinite and the finite–do not come into…
Author(s): Soren Kierkegaard , Howard V. Hong, et al.

8. Provocations: Spiritual Writings of Kierkegaard (2014)

 BEST Kierkegaard Books: The Ultimate Collectionfrom Kierkegaard’s prodigious output: his famously cantankerous (yet wryly humorous) attacks on what he calls the “mediocre shell” of conventional Christianity, his brilliantly pithy parables, his wise (and witty) sayings. Most significantly, it brings to a new generation a man whose writings pare away the fluff of modern spirituality to reveal the basics of the Christ-centered life: decisiveness, obedience, and recognition of the truth….
Author(s): Søren Kierkegaard

9. A Kierkegaard Anthology (1973)

 BEST Kierkegaard Books: The Ultimate CollectionThis anthology covers the whole of Kierkegaard’s literary career. The selections range from the terse epigrams of the Journal through the famous “Diary of the Seducer” and the “Banquet” scene, in which Søren Kierkegaard reveals his great lyric and dramatic gifts, on to the philosophical and psychological works of his maturity. These are climaxed by the beautiful and moving religious discourses which accompany them; finally, there is the biting satire of his Attack upon “Christendom.”This is emphatically not a collection of “snippets,” but the cream of Kierkegaard, each…
Author(s): Soren Kierkegaard, Robert Bretall

10. Philosophical Fragments/Johannes Climacus : Kierkegaard’s Writings, Vol 7 (1985)

 BEST Kierkegaard Books: The Ultimate CollectionThis volume contains a new translation, with a historical introduction by the translators, of two works written under the pseudonym Johannes Climacus. Through Climacus, Kierkegaard contrasts the paradoxes of Christianity with Greek and modern philosophical thinking. In Philosophical Fragments he begins with Greek Platonic philosophy, exploring the implications of venturing beyond the Socratic understanding of truth acquired through recollection to the Christian experience of acquiring truth through grace. Published in 1844 and not originally planned to appear under the pseudonym Climacus, the book varies in tone and substance from the other…
Author(s): Søren Kierkegaard, Edna H. Hong, et al.

11. The Sickness unto Death: A Christian Psychological Exposition of Edification & Awakening by Anti-Climacus (Penguin Classics) (1989)

 BEST Kierkegaard Books: The Ultimate CollectionWriting under the pseudonym Anti-Climacus, Kierkegaard explores the concept of “despair,” alerting readers to the diversity of ways in which they may be described as living in this state of bleak abandonment—including some that may seem just the opposite—and offering a much-discussed formula for the eradication of despair. With its penetrating account of the self, this late work by Kierkegaard was hugely influential upon twentieth-century philosophers including Karl Jaspers, Jean-Paul Sartre and Albert Camus. The Sickness unto Death can be regarded as one of the key works of theistic…
Author(s): Soren Kierkegaard, Alastair Hannay

12. The Lily of the Field and the Bird of the Air: Three Godly Discourses (2018)

 BEST Kierkegaard Books: The Ultimate CollectionIn the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus tells his followers to let go of earthly concerns by considering the lilies of the field and the birds of the air. Søren Kierkegaard’s short masterpiece on this famous gospel passage draws out its vital lessons for readers in a rapidly modernizing and secularizing world. Trenchant, brilliant, and written in stunningly lucid prose, The Lily of the Field and the Bird of the Air (1849) is one of Kierkegaard’s most important books. Presented here in a fresh new translation with an informative introduction, this profound yet accessible work serves as an ideal entrée to an essential modern…
Author(s): Søren Kierkegaard, Bruce H. Kirmmse

Best Kierkegaard Books: The Ultimate Collection

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Kierkegaard and Philosophical Eros: Between Ironic Reflection and Aesthetic Meaning

Author(s): Ulrika Carlsson
ID: 2897178, Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic, Year: 2021, Size: 2 Mb, Format: pdf

Reason and Conversion in Kierkegaard and the German Idealists

Author(s): Ryan S. Kemp; Christopher Iacovetti
ID: 2547112, Publisher: Routledge, Year: 2020, Size: 2 Mb, Format: pdf

Kierkegaard’s Journals and Notebooks, Volume 11, Part 2: Loose Papers, 1843–1855

Author(s): Søren Kierkegaard
ID: 2561961, Publisher: Princeton University Press, Year: 2020, Size: 20 Mb, Format: pdf

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