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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
Paperback, 132 pages
Published February 5th 2007 by Granta Books
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Nick Wellings
Nov 01, 2013 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
Mohammad Mahdi Fallah
خوشحالم از این که منتظر این کتاب بودم! نویسنده با قدرت کامل به شرح و واکاوی نظریات یکی از پرشورترین متفکرین عصر برخواسته و حقیقتا هم گام به گام از خلال نوشته ها حرکت می کنه و در نهایت تصویری از کل سیمای فکری کیرکگور ارائه می دهه که بسیار جذاب و دل نشین و مطابق با طبع و فهم جدیده.
از پیگیری ایده ها تا سرحدات خودشون و تلاش برای تببین وضع بشر در دنیا جدید، از تغییرات و تحولات فکری کیرکگور تا بازی با اسم های مستعار، از گذارهای سه گانه از زیباشناسی و اخلاق تا ایمان، همه و همه جذابیت های شخصیت کیرکگور
JT Caldwell
Dec 10, 2015 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
Mohammad Mirzaali
کتاب متونی حول مهمترین واژگان فیلسوف-متأله دانمارکی، یعنی سورن کییرکهگور را شرح میدهد؛ سپهر زیباشناسی، اخلاق و ایمان. خود، دنیا یا مسیحیت. ترجمهی صالح نجفی هم مثل همیشه قابل اعتماد است ...more
Jan 08, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: philosophy, religion
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
Ryan Moore
Jan 14, 2011 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
B. Mason
John Caputo's introduction to Kierkegaard is engaging, thoughtful, and most of all comprehensive. The breadth of this short work is a helpful orientation to Kierkegaard's thought and ranges from discourse on pseudonyms to his ideas about the individual self as a fundamental component of existence. I appreciated Caputo's wit and delineation of the various modes of thought that have taken up Kierkegaard's work, while also being upfront about his own deconstructionist background.
Frankie Della Torre
Apr 21, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kierkegaard
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.
Sep 30, 2010 rated it liked it
Shelves: skimmed
Quick skim, since I mostly want to read K on my own. But this seems a really nice intro.
Pastor Ben
Jun 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A very slender book that gives a manageable introduction to Kierkegaard's thought. Think of it as an appetizer. As someone for whom philosophy is a struggle, I really appreciated this.
Vince Ciaramella
Aug 07, 2015 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.
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John D. Caputo is an American philosopher who is the Thomas J. Watson Professor of Religion Emeritus at Syracuse University and the David R. Cook Professor of Philosophy Emeritus at Villanova University. Caputo is a major figure associated with Postmodern Christianity, Continental Philosophy of Religion, as well as the founder of the theological movement known as weak theology. Much of Caputo's wo ...more
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