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Søren Kierkegaard: What is Our Situation?

March 14 - April 25, 2021 (no meeting April 11)
Sundays, 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. (six sessions)


In the six meetings of our Delve seminar we will read selections from books by Søren Kierkegaard (1813–1855), a philosopher of the highest importance and influence in general philosophy, moral philosophy, and religious thought. In Western philosophy, he stands with Plato and Nietzsche alone as a literary stylist of the greatest genius.

The most familiar characterization of Kierkegaard is that he is the founder of existentialism. In this seminar we will try as best we can to look at him with fresh eyes. Most of us have never met a person like him. We’ve known lots of rebels, and lots of amazingly human and loving persons, lots of intense cranks and some brilliant conversationalists, and probably a few geniuses. But a person who combines all these with an ability to pull your mind and heart through the most revealing and profound ideas, dancing ahead as we run to keep up, is indeed rare.

The Essential Kiekegaard, edited by Howard V. Hong and Edna H. Hong (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2000)


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Bennett Gilbert

Bennett Gilbert teaches history and philosophy at Portland State University. He is the author of A Personalist Philosophy of History.
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