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The Sickness Unto Death by Søren Kierkegaard
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Jul 13, 2014

really liked it
bookshelves: philosophy, christianity, reread, favorites
Read in February, 2009

Powerful. First read February 2009. Reread July 2014. The first part of The Sickness Unto Death focuses on the human self as a synthesis between the infinite and the finite, between possibility and actuality. When these polarities are unbalanced man is in despair. There is unconscious despair(the great mass of spiritless people) and there is conscious despair( people who 1)despair over external circumstances, 2)people who despair over their despair conscious of their eternal self, and 3) people who in despair will to be themselves in defiance against God). The second part of the Sickness Unto Death discusses despair as sin. The remedy to The Sickness Unto Death is to have faith, will to be oneself and rest transparently in the power that established the self.

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