Works of Love (Kierkegaard's Writings, Volume 16)
The various kinds and conditions of love are a common theme for Kierkegaard, beginning with his early Either/Or, through "The Diary of the Seducer" and Judge William's eulogy on married love, to his last work, on the changelessness of God's love. Works of Love, the midpoint in the series, is also the monumental high point, because of its penetrating, illuminating analysis...more
Though only about 350 pages, Works of Love is not easy reading. Well, I suppose it's easy in a way. There aren't many difficult concepts to grasp and in that way it's certainly not like The Concept of Anxiety. But the work seems long because Kierkegaard belabours certain points, points he no doubt believes essential, such as the neighbour, the difference between Christian and pagan love, and G ...more
***I am admittedly all of these things: already a fan of Kierkegaard, already religious, and OK with ...more
I would recommend this book highly to anyone wishing to improve themselves and their relationships with ...more
"The life of a plant is hidden, the fruit is the manifestation. Love itself is in a certain sense hiding and therefore can be known only by its revealing fruits."
The introduction perfectly sets the focus for this tome on love. Kierkegaard is concerned with the inner life of love, the mindsets towards others that we carry around, confident that if those are adjusted accordingly, the "fruit" of love will simply manifest itself. This would be contrary to a focus on doing more ...more
Kierkegaard encourages us gently ('gently' being of high imp ...more
Kierkegaard begins with the paradox of love's character as both hidden and yet bearing fruit in works of love. He then explores the great command to love neighbor as oneself. He plumbs the challenges of loving a neighbor in all the ways we love ourselves, and the fact that it ...more
Below you will find a person of limited intelligence commenting on the writings of a burning genius. Consider yourself warned.
Kierkegaard is considered the father of existentialism. In a word, if I understand it correctly (and who really does understand existentialism?), this means that he was the first philosopher to incorporate into his philosophy the idea that life is happening right now, and cannot be treated like a static thing. Kierkegaard is a meticulous thinker who is both subtle ...more
I don't know if I should blame Kierkegaard or the translators for how difficult the reading was. Nothing was worded simply, and I'm not referring to how complex the philosophical ideas were behind the words. The philosophical complexities were a whole different matter. But the sentence structure and wording were never plain or simple, which made eve ...more
I'll admit that it took me something like three years to read this book. I would start, get busy with something else, put it down, and start over again, fearful that I would miss something that was predicated on something discussed beforehand. The payoff is worth it though; by the end of the book I was ready to live my life differently than I had before. I'm not saying this book has made me perfec ...more
He's a terrific writer, but (in the philosophical works) a terrific pain in the butt -- always distancing himself from what he's saying. 'I didn't write this, these are the papers of A, found in an old desk'. Or he ...more
"The point at issue between the poet and Christianity may be stated precisely in this way: erotic love and friendship are preferential and the passion of preference. Christian love is self-ren ...more
If you are interested in studying love, then the name Kierkgaard would be familiar to you. Great philosopher, a big body of work on love from the Christian perspective. A thick philosophical work of several hundred pages, many inspirations but unavoidably (especially when we laymen facing classical philosophical works) with some difficult/boring sections. I still like it a lot. I found Ilham Dilman's book "Love: Its Forms, Dimensions and Paradoxes" a good companion that provides s ...more