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Søren KierkegaardSubjectivity, Irony, & the Crisis of Modernity$
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Jon Stewart

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780198747703

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198747703.001.0001

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Kierkegaard’s Socratic Task and the Second Half of the Authorship: 1846–55

Kierkegaard’s Socratic Task and the Second Half of the Authorship: 1846–55

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(p.166) 8 Kierkegaard’s Socratic Task and the Second Half of the Authorship: 1846–55
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Søren Kierkegaard
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Jon Stewart

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198747703.003.0009

The last decade of Kierkegaard’s life represents what scholars refer to as the second half of the authorship, namely, the period from 1846 after the Concluding Unscientific Postscript to Kierkegaard’s death in 1855. This chapter explores some of Kierkegaard’s main works from these years, such as A Literary Review of Two Ages, Upbuilding Discourses in Various Spirits, Works of Love, The Sickness unto Death, Practice in Christianity, and The Moment. In the exploration of these texts it becomes evident that even as Kierkegaard grows older, he continues to return to the figure of Socrates as a source of inspiration. Even in the last text that he ever completed before his death, he explicitly states that Socrates was the only model that he used for his work. The chapter ends with a biographical account of Kierkegaard’s attack on the Danish State Church, his final illness and death, and his rich legacy.

Keywords:   Kierkegaard, Socrates, Works of Love, The Sickness unto Death, Practice in Christianity, The Moment, Danish State Church

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