on 5 February 2012
Works of Love is the first book I've actually completed reading from Kierkegaard.
Like all philosophical texts they are usually extremely difficult to read, for me anyway haha.
I managed to finish Works of Love in 2 weeks, it wasn't too difficult to take in unlike some of his other works.
I really enjoyed reading it, and it opened a new dimension to the unconditional love which is practised in Christianity.
Kierkegaard makes an in-depth analysis of the love commanded in 'Love thy Neighbour'
K. states that the love of eros and friendship is essentially selfish where good acts are only performed because it indirectly benefits yourself, only the love of 'love thy neighbour' is true love, where the person shows love regardless of their distinctions and relationship with each other.
K. tells us to love people regardless of our distinctions, to recognise that we have differences but to also recognise that we are all lovable human beings.
Maybe this doesn't sound convincing to you, initially this will sound like illogical madness but K. puts forth a extremely strong argument and draws the reader to want to understand the perfect form of love, the unconditional love of Christianity.
This book will certainly change your views on love and life in general.
Although highly Christian content, I think it doesn't matter whether you're Christian or not, this book is a fantastic read.
I highly recommend this book, but it can be difficult to persevere at times but it is worth the read!
I promise (:
on 24 August 2010
One of the most perfect books ever written. He signed this himself, usually writing under pseudonyms. A book which tells you always to be better, to love the uttermost everybody and everything. To locate the divine beyond yourself, in other people. A sublime and humble work, even though, as he says, God will not reward him for having written it. Why would God need Kierkegaard's work? But Kierkegaard wrote it anyway, because he thought it was the absolute truth. - Which it probably is, so kind and immovable.
on 16 March 2015
This is not an easy read- it is an essential one.
If you are used to breezing through modern books with their quippy anecdotes you will find this a little but of a mental workout. However if you recognise it comes from one of histories greatest philosophical minds, forget about the sweet satisfaction of finishing a book quickly, and commit to letting king K thoughtfully walk you through the Virtue of virtues then - and only then - you will gain more than snack of encouragement you will have a life changing horizon to live by.