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Soren Kierkegaard

Søren Aabye Kierkegaard (/?s??r?n ?k??rk????rd/ or /?k??rk????r/; Danish: [s???n ?k?i??????????]; 5 May 1813 – 11 November 1855) was a Danish philosopher, theologian, poet, social critic and religious author who is widely considered to be the first existentialist philosopher. He wrote critical texts on organized religion, Christendom, morality, ethics, psychology, and the philosophy of religion, displaying a fondness for metaphor, irony and parables. Much of his philosophical work deals with the issues of how one lives as a "single individual", giving priority to concrete human reality over abstract thinking and highlighting the importance of personal choice and commitment. He was against literary critics who defined idealist intellectuals and philosophers of his time. Swedenborg, Hegel, Goethe, Fichte, Schelling, Schlegel and Hans Christian Andersen were all "understood" far too quickly by "scholars".

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Fate, then, is the nothing of anxiety.

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Backwards understood be only can but, forwards lived be must life.

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Irony is a qualification of subjectivity.

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That is the road we all have to take - over the Bridge of Sight into eternity.

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