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Soren Kierkegaard is one of the prophets of the contemporary age, a man whose acute observations on life in 19th century. Copenhagen might have been written yesterday, whose work anticipated fundamental developments in psychoanalysis, philosophy, theology and the critique of mass culture by over a century. John Caputo offers a compelling account of Kierkegaard as a thinker ...more
Published February 5th 2007 by Granta Books
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Nick Wellings
Nov 05, 2013 Nick Wellings rated it it was amazing
Kierkegaard for dummies.*

(And it is brilliant.)

*Obviously no-one who reads Kierkegaard is a dummy, but Caputo finds a perfect pitch here, neither too folksy and dumbed down, nor high falutin and airy fairy. A great look at some of Kierkegaard's key ideas. It would make a fabulous introduction to any course of study, self directed or otherwise. The thing I like about books like this is that along the way one will almost certainly learn something, because the author really knows the subject (and b
Jan 08, 2016 Alexander rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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This is a very readable, even affable, introduction to Kierkegaard, that may be serviceable to many. It covers a large number of themes and does them a good deal of justice for such a short book. Someone who reads it will have a broad acquaintance with the main ideas and themes in Kierkegaard's work and a good sense of the main parts of his life.

Yet, I think Caputo botches the main idea, and this bothers me and makes me hesitate to offer it to new readers. If Kierkegaard weren't so hard to inter
Frank Della Torre
Apr 21, 2014 Frank Della Torre rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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John D. Caputo has here written a very accessible, lucid introduction into the thought of Søren Kierkegaard. Caputo quoted from Kierkegaard and did justice to the uniqueness of his thought on his own terms but he also wasn't shy of highlighting areas of disagreement with the danish gadfly. This makes for a short but engaging read.
JT Caldwell
Jan 24, 2016 JT Caldwell rated it really liked it
For anyone interested in a brief well-rounded introduction to Kierkegaard, this little book is a good place to start. Each chapter begins with an excerpt of one of S.K.'s works, then the author, John Caputo does a solid job covering each respective topic--from "the truth that is true for me" to "world-weariness". Kierkegaard is probably one of the most misunderstood and under-appreciated Christian philosopher-theologians in church history. Some of his works are very difficult to read, but with t ...more
Ryan Moore
Mar 08, 2011 Ryan Moore rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Caputo takes the dense and sometimes confusing writing of Kierkegaard and brings it to life in this excellent little book. The explanations are concise and easily accessible, even to me, someone who had read zero Kierkegaard up to this point. The themes Kierkegaard addresses are fascinating and very relevant today: the role of the press and media, how we access truth and make it real in our lives, critiques of a form of Christianity that is more focused on abstract philosophy rather than real-wo ...more
Paul Graham
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A quick easy read, nothing especially challenging, but a nice primer.
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Aug 17, 2015 Vince Ciaramella rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A very interesting and informative book on one of my favorite philosophers. This is a great introduction to his writings if one is interested.
Sep 30, 2010 David rated it liked it
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Quick skim, since I mostly want to read K on my own. But this seems a really nice intro.
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