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Kierkegaard: Exposition & Critique$
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Daphne Hampson

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780199673230

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199673230.001.0001

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The Sickness Unto Death

The Sickness Unto Death

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Kierkegaard: Exposition & Critique

Daphne Hampson

Oxford University Press

This chapter offers a reading of Søren Kierkegaard's philosophical work The Sickness unto Death to illuminate his ideas about the nature of the self in contrast to Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel's understanding of the human being. More specifically, it examines Kierkegaard's argument that the self can only come to itself as it is open to transcendence. It compares the views of Hegel and Kierkegaard with the tradition of Martin Luther, with particular emphasis on the nature of the self in relation to God. It also expounds the phrase ‘sickness unto death’ and its connection to despair, along with Kierkegaard's comparison of Christianity with Socrates's definition of sin and his Lutheran statement that sin is the opposite of faith rather than virtue.

Keywords:   sin, Søren Kierkegaard, The Sickness unto Death, the self, Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel, human being, Martin Luther, God, sickness unto death, transcendence

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