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  • Paperback: 536 pages
  • Publisher: Princeton University Press (19 Jun. 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0691019401
  • ISBN-13: 978-0691019406
  • Product Dimensions: 23.6 x 15.5 x 3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
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"The crowning achievement of [the Hongs'] monumental translation of all of Kierkegaard's published writings.... A rich and stimulating volume.... A book for everyone with an interest in Kierkegaard, from the first-time reader to the more experienced."--Bruce H. Kirmmse, editor of Encounters with Kierkegaard


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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful By J. PORTER on 26 Sept. 2005
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A fantastic anthology that includes portions of most of Kierkegaards works. Perhaps not the best place to start reading Kierkegaard (Penguin's Papers and Journals would be my suggestion for that role) as there is little in the way of introductory material, but it is an excellent 'second' Kierkegaard book.
Reading this book is a great way to survey Kierkegaards works to identify those you want to read in full (and you will want to read some in full). But it is also a great way to return to the highlights of books you may have read before.
Provocative, inspiring and stimulating. One of the few books I would consider 'essential'.
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5 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Mr. M. J. Bowen on 4 Nov. 2006
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This is a lovely volume. A healthy selection of readings from all periods of his prolific career and a good place to look if you are looking to alleviate your "sickness unto death" and looking for a master who knows the sources of your despair!
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Excellent Anthology 2 July 2001
By John Parsons - Published on Amazon.com
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A wonderful, chronologically arranged anthology from the immensely prodigious output of Soren Kierkegaard, complete with excellent introductory notes.
My only criticism? The typography is a bit dense, and in particular the font size for the running text is small. I would appeal to the publisher to reformat this book using a larger text size (e.g., 10 point) -- even at the expense of adding additional pages to the overall book size.
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May the laughter by on your side 3 Oct. 2003
By Gary Sprandel - Published on Amazon.com
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With a dizzying series of pseudonyms, from Climaticus to Anticlimaticus, this book selects from the Hong's expansive translation of all of Kierkegaard's writings. The introductions place each piece in context, but don't over interpret as some other books. Reading from the complete work presents a view of Kierkegaard's total plan ("The Authorship") and his voices of the religious, esthetic, and ethical. In light of the whole body, "Concluding Unscientific postscript" seems to have a pivotal role. Existentialists may like to claim him as he speaks of the individual about despair, fear and trembling, and anxiety, but make no mistake his work is to be a Christian (" Once and for all I must urgently request the kindly disposed reader continually to bear in mente [in mind] that the total thought in the entire work as an author is this" becoming a Christian"). He is a self appointed critic of the established church and the inclusion of the lesser known "The Lily of the Field and the Bird of the Air' shows the religious side. Present are all of Kierkegaard's "Knights": the Knight of Faith, the Knight of Infinite Resignation, and the Knight of Hidden Awareness. Humor and irony abound. Come leap in, and have a good read!
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An Excellent Collection 11 Dec. 2012
By Fred D. Mueller - Published on Amazon.com
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Years ago I read almost everything Kierkegaard wrote. Wanting to return to his works and wanting a book that could go with me on my travels and on my boat, I chose this collection. It is comprehensive. It offers writings of Kierkegaard I had not read, namely his early writings. It is an exhaustive collection, carefully chosen by experts. It has met my needs of a full portable library of Kierkegaard and I recommend it.
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The Master of Irony 12 May 2001
By James Adomian - Published on Amazon.com
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Søren Kierkegaard is undoubtedly the comedian's philosopher. And his humor is fundamentally reassuring - hilarious, even biting, but never bitter or nihilistic. He is one of the major influences on the films and writings of Woody Allen. Often Kierkegaard is rumored to be bleak, hopeless and terrifying. There are elements of despair, yes, but I've always found him good for a laugh even at his darkest. His humor is similar to Woody Allen's in that it is simultaneously cathartic, sobering and very funny. I flip around this excellent anthology and re-read passages in my spare time for encouragement.
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A Mix Bag of Good and Difficult Ideas 21 Feb. 2013
By C.P.M. - Published on Amazon.com
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I had heard about the philosopher Kierkegaard some time ago and had this book on my list of things to read for some time. Now that I have finally finished reading it, I can say that his works are very interesting, but also very difficult to grasp at times. Since this book is made with philosophy students in mind, this is not a book for the uninitiated to tread lightly into. Some of the excerpted works are excellent and I will definitely be looking to read them in their entirety in the future (Fear and Trembling, The Sickness Unto Death, and his more religious works written in his later years come to mind), but not all of his works are interesting. In fact, one of my biggest problems with this book is that the least interesting works of Kierkegaard seemed to get more pages than the more interesting works. It's frustrating to read 10 pages of something really good only to have to plod through 20-50 pages of something incredibly boring afterwards. The other problem I had with this book was the editors' notes at the beginning of each excerpted work. They are interesting for those who want a little biography and background information on Kierkegaard, but they do almost nothing to help the reader to understand what they are reading. Some more in-depth notes to explain the works' main ideas either at the beginning of the excerpts or interspersed as editors' footnotes throughout would have done much to aid my understanding and enjoyment of this book. I will definitely be looking for that in the next book of Kierkegaard I find the time to read.
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