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Eighteen Upbuilding Discourses (Kierkegaard's Writings, Volume 5)

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There is much to be learned philosophically from this volume, but philosophical instruction was not Kierkegaard's aim here, except in the broad sense of self-knowledge and deepened awareness. Indicating the intention of the discourses, the titles include "The Expectancy of Faith, " "Love Will Hide a Multitude of Sins, " "Strengthening in the Inner Being, " "To Gain One's S ...more
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Published June 23rd 1992 by Princeton University Press (first published December 1st 1990)
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John Lucy
Nov 20, 2012 John Lucy rated it it was amazing
This is one of Kierkegaard's self-signed books, which basically means that it's straight-forward and more devotional than creatively philosophical like his pseudonym writings. And if you know what's good for you then you'll read this book. Eighteen individual discourses, all based in Scripture, that will convince you by conviction to lead a more God-focused life. Think you're already doing that? Think again.

There's really nothing else to say here about this one. It's Kierkegaard. The guy is grea
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Owen
Mar 29, 2008 Owen rated it it was amazing
They weren't kidding when they put "Upbuilding" in the title. I feel new neurological connections form as I read Kierkegaard's words.
I-kai
Aug 28, 2014 I-kai rated it liked it
For some reason, I just couldn't quite get engaged. It's beautiful writing nevertheless. Some discourses I particularly enjoyed with short comments: the first discourse of "Love Will Hide a Multitude of Sins" (there is a beautiful phenomenological description of love); "The Lord Gave, and the Lord Took Away; Blessed Be the Name of the Lord" reflects on Job as the teacher who does not impart doctrines but "lives out his teaching," very useful for thinking about the role of role models in educatio ...more
Kafkasfriend
One of the literary greats Kierkegaard is worth reading for those who enjoy literature philosophy or religion. Not just discussing what it means to be human and the human relationship to God but how a human should live in order to be human at all.God is not a science God is a belief; not a system but a part of the structure of life; not a tool to be used or a thing to hunt but that which is and the human must learn to understand and accept that which is Gog.
Ben
May 16, 2011 Ben rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Too long and too similar to many of the other upbuilding discourses.
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Jun 03, 2008 Darrell rated it really liked it
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I like Kierkegaard, okay? Is that really such a problem?
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Thought provoking and lovely thus far.
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Søren Aabye Kierkegaard was a prolific 19th century Danish philosopher and theologian. Kierkegaard strongly criticised both the Hegelianism of his time and what he saw as the empty formalities of the Church of Denmark. Much of his work deals with religious themes such as faith in God, the institution of the Christian Church, Christian ethics and theology, and the emotions and feelings of individua ...more
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