Soren Kierkegaard: Dialectic/Indirect Method

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Soren Kierkegaard: Dialectic/Indirect Method He was born on5th May 1813, at Copenhagen, Denmark. Kierkegaard was a Danish theologian, philosopher, and social commentator. He was unfamiliar outside Denmark during his own lifetime. Kierkegaard grew up lonely and reserved but highly intelligent and well educated. He studied philosophy and theology at the University of Copenhagen from 1830, passing his final theological exam ten years later. He was much influenced by the thought of Hegel. He was a highly influential nineteenth-century thinker. The importance of his theology was emerging only in the early twentieth century through his impact on Barth, Bultmann and the existential movement in philosophy and theology.
His writings were of four kinds. They mostly reflect the growing level of power with which he addressed the concerns of his life's work during the fifteen years, 1840-55, that witnessed his
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Life is not an inevitable historical process of betterment, he declared in the text, but is rather defined by the individual's leap of decision, for every human being is faced with an unavoidable Either/Or of deciding for a life defined either by the aesthetic and the ethical or by Christianity.
The aesthetic is marked by flight from commitment, by relativism and hedonism; the ethical bows before the universals of humanity, morality, and religion. In that each tears apart the claim for and the reality of an actual life and thereby falsities of human existence, Kierkegaard argued, both end in despair. Only the decision for Christianity- the ''leap'' into confession of sin, profession of faith, and following after love-holds together the claims for our lives and the actual reality of those lived lives themselves and thus leads to authentic

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