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Kierkegaard: A Biography

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Written by one of the world's preeminent authorities on Kierkegard, this biography is the first to reveal the delicate imbrication of Kierkegard's life and thought. To grasp the importance and influence of Kierkegaard's thought far beyond his native Denmark, it is necessary to trace the many factors that led this gifted but (according to his headmaster) 'exceedingly childi ...more
Hardcover, 522 pages
Published August 6th 2001 by Cambridge University Press (first published May 5th 2001)
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Justin Evans
Recently I complained that a biography of Rousseau spent too much time on the kind of bosom Rousseau preferred, and too little on his ideas. Alastair Hannay heard me, and wrote this book, and now I have to apologize, because I really would like a bit more of the "bosom preference as revelatory of character" approach.

But not really. Hannay's biography is not biography in any way that non-readers of philosophy would recognize it. The bulk of the text is taken up with long descriptions and analyse
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Alastair Hannay’s Kierkegaard is, over all, an exemplary contribution to the very peculiar genre that is the biography of the philosopher. Biographies on philosophers tend to make a few common mistakes. The first would be a mistake common in any kind of biography: the writer highlights a few sensational aspects of the subject’s life as if in desperate competition with writers of detective novels and erotica. Another common trap is when the writer tries too hard to synthesiz
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I have read sections for research. I would love to read the whole thing through soon. The writing is entertaining as well as informative. This Biography gives great insight into a fantastic philosopher.
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Alastair Hannay (born 1932) is Professor emeritus at the University of Oslo. Educated in Edinburgh and London, he continues the Scottish tradition of subjective idealism. In Mental Images (1971) he argues that visual images, like physical portraits, resemble visible objects. As a kind of sensation a mental image has material properties of its own which allow it to picture. He thus contradicts Gilb ...more
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“Artık insanlarla hiç konuşmayacağım; bugüne kadar yaptığım konuşmaları da unutmaya çalışacağım... Sanki ben düşünen iki kişiyim ve öbür ben her daim bir adım önde ya da durup konuştuğumda herkes başkasının konuştuğunu sanıyor. ... –İnsanlardan kaçacağım, manastıra değil –yaşama gücüm hâlâ var–kendimi bulmak (her geveze aynı şeyi söyler), kendimi unutmak için; çağıldayan bir dere, “çayırda yolunu bulur gider gideceği yere”; ben o diyarlara da gitmeyeceğim.
Hayır, insanları terk etmeyeceğim–akıl hastanesine girip deliliğin hikmeti bana yaşamın bilmecelerini açıklıyor mu, ona bakacağım. Ne kadar aptalım, neden bunu daha önce yapmadım? Hintliler delilere saygı gösterip kenara çekilirken bunun ne anlama geldiğini anlamak neden bu kadar zamanımı aldı? Evet, akıl hastanesi –sonunda oraya gidebileceğimi düşünüyor musun? –Yine de, dilde zırvalık ve anlamsızlık için çok sayıda ifade bulunması bir şans. Olmasaydı, delirirdim. Bu açıdan dilin çok gelişmiş olması bir şans, çünkü bu, ara sıra mantıklı bir konuşma duymanın hâlâ ümit edilebilmesi demek...
İstiyorum ki –hayır, hiçbir şey istemiyorum. Amin!
Bir bireyin kafasından yeni çıkmış taze bir fikir yirminci kez, hatta daha çok kez keşfediliyorsa –geriye ne kadar hakikat kalır? İnsan bunu olsa olsa özdeyişteki sözcüklerle söyleyebilir: Üzerine karganın tünediği daldan çorba yapan acuzenin dediği gibi, “En azından kuş tadı var”.”
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