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Kierkegaard : A Single Life
by Stephen Backhouse


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Discover a new understanding of Kierkegaard's thought and his life, a story filled with romance, betrayal, humor, and riots.

Kierkegaard, like Einstein and Freud, is one of those geniuses whose ideas permeate the culture and shape our world even when relatively few people have read their works.  Read more...


 
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Overview

Discover a new understanding of Kierkegaard's thought and his life, a story filled with romance, betrayal, humor, and riots.

Kierkegaard, like Einstein and Freud, is one of those geniuses whose ideas permeate the culture and shape our world even when relatively few people have read their works. That lack of familiarity with the real Kierkegaard is about to change.

This lucid new biography by scholar Stephen Backhouse presents the genius as well as the acutely sensitive man behind the brilliant books. Scholarly and accessible, Kierkegaard: A Single Life introduces his many guises--the thinker, the lover, the recluse, the writer, the controversialist--in prose so compelling it reads like a novel.

One chapter examines Kierkegaard's influence on our greatest cultural icons--Kafka, Barth, Bonhoeffer, Camus, and Martin Luther King Jr., to name only a few. A useful appendix presents an overview of each of Kierkegaard's works, for the scholar and lay reader alike.


 
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  • ISBN-13: 9780310520887
  • ISBN-10: 0310520886
  • Publisher: Zondervan
  • Publish Date: August 2016
  • Page Count: 304
  • Dimensions: 8.7 x 5.7 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.8 pounds


Related Categories

Books > Biography & Autobiography > Philosophers
Books > Biography & Autobiography > Religious
Books > Religion > Christian Theology - General

 
Publishers Weekly Reviews

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  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
  • Review Date: 2016-08-29
  • Reviewer: Staff

Backhouse (The Compact Guide to Christian History) summarizes Kierkegaard's life and thought for the lay reader in a work that can be "read on holiday." The first part of the book is biography; the second provides synopses of Kierkegaard's works. Backhouse's strategy of splitting life from work creates a problem: Kierkegaard, at least in Backhouse's telling (though he does find some who praise and defend his subject), is a self-absorbed, insensitive, and annoying subject. By the time readers arrive at deeply sympathetic sections—the effects of Kierkegaard's twisted spine, the cruelty he was subjected to by his rivals—they may already loathe him. The book never attempts to understand how such a repugnant personality could produce such stunning, faith-based thought. That said, this primer on the life and career of Kierkegaard will be a fine introduction to those who know little about the controversial philosopher. Though the accounts of Kierkegaard the person seem only to disparage, the sections that discuss his writings and posthumous influence are worth the price of the book. (Aug.)

 
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