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Kierkegaard, by Michael Watts

 
 
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Kierkegaard
By Michael Watts
ISBN: 978-1-85168317-8
Publisher: Oneworld, Philosophers Series

Overview:
Michael Watts' Kierkegaard


Pros:
  • One of the first rate introductions to Kierkegaard
  • Clarification of difficult concepts made in real-world examples
  • One of the few introductions that is actually engaging and more accurate than some other introductions in the market
Cons:
  • Several sections (on Hegel for example) are based on somewhat old research and readings of Kierkegaard
  • Does neglect a lot of the theological writings of Kierkegaard, in favour of the philosophical and psychological writings
Rating: A
This book was one of the first introductions to Kierkegaard I read when I first became familiar with the Danish Socrates after reading Fear and Trembling and Philosophical Fragments. I've recently taken the time to read it again, and, despite newer research, I still find it to be a remarkably resilient book, which is aging well, compared to some other introductions. One thing to note is that this book is more for readers interested in learning about Kierkegaard as philosopher, not as theologian. Nevertheless, my verdict is: Forget Kierkegaard in 90 Minutes, spend a bit more time to learn about the real Kierkegaard.
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