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A Literary Review: Two Ages, a Novel by the Author of a Story of Everyday Life, Published by J.L. Heiberg, Copenhagen, Reitzel, 1845 (Penguin Classics) [Paperback]

By Soren Kierkegaard (Author) & Alastair Hannay (Translator)
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Item description for A Literary Review: Two Ages, a Novel by the Author of a Story of Everyday Life, Published by J.L. Heiberg, Copenhagen, Reitzel, 1845 (Penguin Classics) by Soren Kierkegaard & Alastair Hannay...

Two Ages, the novel under review, tells the story of a family whose fortunes span the immediate post-Revolutionary Age, a period characterized by honour, loyalty and passion, and the advent of Modernity, where a rational dull conformity prevails. Kierkegaard used the review to present a devastating analysis of his own society, in which identities were being lost and ideals displaced by an all-consuming envy. He foresaw that the outcome of this process would be to confront people with a stark choice between an empty existence and devotion to God.

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Ostensibly, A Literary Review is a straightforward commentary by Søren Kierkegaard on the work of a contemporary novelist. On deeper levels, however, it becomes the existential philosopher's far-reaching critique of his society and age, and its apocalyptic final sections inspired the central ideas in Martin Heiddeger's influential work Being and Time. Embraced by many readers as prophetic, A Literary Review and its concepts remain relevant to our current debates on identity, addiction, and social conformity.

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Studio: Penguin Classics
Pages   160
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.07" Width: 4.85" Height: 0.38"
Weight:   0.25 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Oct 1, 2003
Publisher   Penguin Classics
Age  18
Series  Penguin Classics  
ISBN  0140448012  
ISBN13  9780140448016  

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More About Soren Kierkegaard & Alastair Hannay

Soren Kierkegaard Søren Aabye Kierkegaard (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 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 a fierce critic of idealist intellectuals and philosophers of his time, such as Swedenborg, Hegel, Goethe, Fichte, Schelling, Schlegel, and Hans Christian Andersen.

His theological work focuses on Christian ethics, the institution of the Church, the differences between purely objective proofs of Christianity, the infinite qualitative distinction between man and God, and the individual's subjective relationship to Jesus Christ, the God-Man, which came through faith. Much of his work deals with the art of Christian love. He was extremely critical of the practice of Christianity as a state religion, primarily that of the Church of Denmark. His psychological work explored the emotions and feelings of individuals when faced with life choices.

Soren Kierkegaard was born in 1813 and died in 1855.

Soren Kierkegaard has published or released items in the following series...
  1. Cambridge Texts in the History of Philosophy
  2. Concluding Unscientific Postscripts to Philosophical Fragmen
  3. Harper Torchbooks
  4. Harperperennial Modern Thought
  5. Kierkegaard's Writings (Paperback)
  6. New York Review Books (Paperback)
  7. Oxford World's Classics (Paperback)
  8. Penguin Classics
  9. Phoenix Books

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A view of literature, society, and personhood.  Nov 28, 2004
I'm possibly not the most qualified person to review this, but since there are no other reviews, I'll just give a quick endorsement. This volume is the same that is published by Princeton as 'The Two Ages', and the final chapter has been published seperately as 'The Present Age'.

The first half gives some interesting views of literature and psychology. The second half is the most remarkable part, where SK declares 'the present age' and the future as a time when the age of heros and authority has passed, when no one can communicate truth to others directly, and each and every individual is faced with a choice of being a zero stuck in endless reflection, or passionately working out his own salvation, to only be obtained at first-hand from God.

Concise and worthwhile.

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