Spiritual Writings: A New Translation and Selection (Harper Perennial Modern Thought) (Paperback)

Spiritual Writings: A New Translation and Selection (Harper Perennial Modern Thought) By Soren Kierkegaard, George Pattison Cover Image
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“By far the most profound thinker of the 19th century” —Ludwig Wittgenstein


“Kierkegaard’s great contribution to Western philosophy was to assert, or to reassert with Romantic urgency, that, subjectively speaking, each existence is the center of the universe.” —John Updike, The New Yorker


Harper Perennial Modern Classics presents the rediscovered spiritual writings of Søren Kierkegaard, edited and translated by Oxford theologian George Pattison. Called “the first modernist” by The Guardian and “the father of existentialism” by the New York Times, Kierkegaard left an indelible imprint on existential writers from Sartre and Camus to Kafka and Derrida. In works like Fear and Trembling, Sickness unto Death, and Either/Or, he by famously articulated that all meaning is rooted in subjective experience—but the devotional essays that Patterson reveals in Spiritual Writings will forever change our understanding of the great philosopher, uncovering the spiritual foundations beneath his secularist philosophy.

About the Author

Søren Kierkegaard (1813–1855) lived in Copenhagen, Denmark. His books include Works of Love and Spiritual Writings (translated and edited by George Pattison).

George Pattison is a professor of theology at Oxford University.

Praise For…

“George Pattison offers us a deeply valuable introduction to a great philosopher.” — Rowan Williams, Archbishop of Canterbury

Product Details
ISBN: 9780061875991
ISBN-10: 0061875996
Publisher: Harper Perennial Modern Classics
Publication Date: November 9th, 2010
Pages: 336
Language: English
Series: Harper Perennial Modern Thought