Kierkegaard in Golden Age Denmark

Kierkegaard in Golden Age Denmark

Bruce H. Kirmmse
Distribution: World
Publication date: 8/1/1990
Format: cloth 0 pages, 14 b&w photos
ISBN: 978-0-253-33044-4
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A Choice Outstanding Academic Book of 1991
“ . . . the most important contribution to Kierkegaard studies to be published in English in recent years. . . . Not only is it a fascinating, surprising, and perceptive study of Kierkegaard within his time and world, Kirmmse has produced a research resource, a reference work, that is simply without parallel or equal.” —Michael Plekon

“It is a rare work of philosophy that not only clarifies its subject but also places it within an intellectual and historical context. In his study of 19th-century Danish philosopher Kierkegaard, Kirmmse accomplishes both, setting a standard . . . ” —Library Journal

“ . . . an outstanding contribution to Kierkegaard research . . . The book is intellectual history of the highest calibre.” —So[slash]ren Kierkegaard Newsletter

“This excellent book is recommended for all collections on Kierkegaard . . . For all readers.” —Choice

“This richly researched and readable book supplies an important contribution to the widespread reappropriation of Kierkegaard’s thought currently taking place.” —Theology Today

“This book is a tour de force in intellectual history.” —Review of Metaphysics

“Kirmmse's book is a major work of scholarship that confers on Kierkegaard's social and intellectual universe a depth and a richness of detail that will permanently alter the familiar stereotypes about Kierkegaard's isolation from his fellow Danes and his supposedly fanatical campaign against philistine Denmark and its corrupt state church.” —American Historical Review

Against the background of Denmark’s evolution from a mercantile economy to a broad-based agricultural economy, Kirmmse reinterprets Kierkegaard’s thought as a reaction to the tensions within his society.

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Table of Contents

Preface and Acknowledgments
Introduction

Part One: Kierkegaard’s Denmark
Section I: Political, Economic, and Social Trends

1. Historical Background and the Rise of the Peasantry to 1820
2. Religious Currents until 1820
3. The Peasant Awakenings of the 1820’s and After
4. The Rise of Liberalism in the 1830’s
5. The Peasant Movement to the Late 1840’s
6. The National Question in Southern Jutland
7. 1848 and After

Section II: Politics and Religion in “Golden Age” Culture

8. The Social Orientation and Intellectual Origins of the Golden Age
9. “The Rare Few”: Adam Oehlenschlager and the First Generation of the Golden Age
10. Piety and Good Taste: J.P. Mynster’s Religion and Politics
11. Johan Ludvig Heiberg
12. H.L. Martensen
13. N.F.S. Grundtvig and History’s Flock: National Popular Culture in the Service of Religion
14. H.N. Clausen and Orla Lehmann: The Liberal Alternative to the Golden Age Mainstream
15. The Golden Age and Its Alternatives

Part Two: Denmark’s Kierkegaard

16. Soren Kierkegaard: Life and Literary Career to February 1846
17. A Literary Review
18. Edifying Discourses in Various Spirtis
19. Works of Love
20. The Crisis and a Crisis in the Life of an Actress
21. Two Minor Ethico-Religious Essays
22. Christian Discourses
23. The Sickness Unto Death
24. Training in Christianity
25. Autobiographical Pieces, “Two Notes” Concerning “the Individual,” and the “Open Letter” to Dr. Rudelbach
26. Two Series of Discources “Recommended to the Present Age”
27. The Attack on Christendom
Epilogue: The Response to the Attack on Christendom

Notes
Select Bibliography
Index

Illustrations follow page 247