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A Short Life of Kierkegaard$
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Walter Lowrie

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780691157771

Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: October 2017

DOI: 10.23943/princeton/9780691157771.001.0001

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Early Youth

Early Youth

1830 to 1834

(p.55) Early Youth
A Short Life of Kierkegaard

Walter Lowrie

Princeton University Press

This chapter describes Kierkegaard's years spent at the University of Copenhagen, dutifully following his father's wish that he become a student of theology. During Kierkegaard's first years he was as diligent as ever in studying his lessons, both because of this duty and because he rejoiced in the opportunity for broader culture which was there offered to him, or which the free life of a university student made possible. While he pursued the philosophical interests his father had encouraged, he also grasped avidly after the pleasures of literature and music. The chapter also traces the beginnings of the Journal, which Kierkegaard had begun in his third year at University, as well as the tragic deaths which befell the Kierkegaard family during this time.

Keywords:   Søren Kierkegaard, University of Copenhagen, theology student, theological studies, early youth, The Journals, deaths

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