Søren Kierkegaard

"The highest pitch of every passion is always to will its own downfall; and so it is also the supreme passion of the Reason to seek a collision, though this collision must in one way or another prove its undoing. The supreme paradox of all thought is the attempt to discover something that thought cannot think."

Born: 1813

Died: 1855

Best known as the melancholy Dane, the first great existentialist

Principal work: Concluding Unscientific Postscipt, The Concept of Dread, Philosophical Fragments

Principal opponent: G. W. F. Hegel (Berlin, 1770-1831)

Lecture Notes from Philosophy 151.

International Kierkegaard Information

Stanford Encycolpedia of Philosophy entry on Kierkegaard.

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