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5.0 out of 5 stars Stimulating, inspiring, fascinating..., 15 Oct 2005
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I could go on but this is an essential book for anyone interested in Kierkegaard (or not!)
The closest thing in existence to a (one volume) Kierkegaard autobiography.
Hannay's introductions and notes are helpful, especially if like me (when I read this book) you are pretty unfamiliar with Kierkegaard. Unfortunately the notes are at the back of the book resulting in A LOT of flicking backwards and forwards the first time through (to be fair pretty much all such books have the notes at the back. WHY?!?!? I know it's standard, but for any editors reading (as if): FOOTNOTES please!!!).
The translation is good. This is one of my all time favourite books and one I expect to reread again and again.
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5.0 out of 5 stars important book for all interested in modern thought and art, 22 April 2012
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This book is a great introductory read for anyone interested to start to learn about Kierkegaard. The Journal entries are divided into seven sections and there are short introductions to each discussing the most relevant aspects in each period in Kierkegaard's life and thought at each period. This is a fundamental philosopher that helped shape modern thought. By reading his intimate philosophical accounts I have learned to place him as a post-romantic, pre-modernist, proto-existentialist. For him romantic introversion led to the discovery of the nothingness in a life that is not built around a Belief. We must act out our thoughts, that was one of his great preoccupations, and precisely the axiom that defined his confrontation with the established Church of Denmark, which generated a wave of popular persecutions and mockeries towards him orchestrated from the local press, especially the Corsair periodical. Much to note is his personal account of the sentimental ordeal that marked his life: he broke his engagement with the only woman he ever loved, Regine Olsen, because he felt his spritual call was in dedicating himself to his writing, and he tried to persuade her that he was a truant, so that she would remake her own life by marrying. This she did, and Kierkegaard loved her in silence until his death on 11 November 1855.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Schopenhauer, 25 April 2013
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The good thing to note about this book is that it is the only place you will find Kierkegaard's thoughts on Arthur Schopenhauer (several pages at least), late in his life. Both of their philosophies are similar in that they pondered the peril of existence, but because existentialism and stoicism seem incompatible, expect a few differences in Kierkegaard's judgment.

Kierkegaard is right when saying in turn that Schopenhauer would probably dislike him if he had read him.
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