Philosophy

Kierkegaard's Writings, XIX, Volume 19: Sickness Unto Death: A Christian Psychological Exposition for Upbuilding and Awakening

    Edited and translated by
  • Edna H. Hong
  • Howard V. Hong

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Price:
$25.95 / £22.00
ISBN:
Published:
11/21/1983
Copyright:
1980
Pages:
232
Size:
5.5 x 8.5 in.
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A companion piece to The Concept of Anxiety, this work continues Søren Kierkegaard’s radical and comprehensive analysis of human nature in a spectrum of possibilities of existence. Present here is a remarkable combination of the insight of the poet and the contemplation of the philosopher.



In The Sickness unto Death, Kierkegaard moves beyond anxiety on the mental-emotional level to the spiritual level, where — in contact with the eternal — anxiety becomes despair. Both anxiety and despair reflect the misrelation that arises in the self when the elements of the synthesis — the infinite and the finite — do not come into proper relation to each other. Despair is a deeper expression for anxiety and is a mark of the eternal, which is intended to penetrate temporal existence.