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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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The Path of Perdition

The Path of Perdition


(p.92) The Path of Perdition
A Short Life of Kierkegaard

Walter Lowrie

Princeton University Press

This chapter describes a period in Kierkegaard's life he calls the “path to perdition.” This occurred in the middle of the year 1836, when Kierkegaard's chosen path in life (given his newly won independence) had led to a sharp decline and plunged him into a sense of despair. During this time he had begun taking an interest in Ahsverus, the Wandering Jew, who typifies despair. Recognizing that he was in despair, Kierkegaard would, at the suggestion of a mentor, turn to the study of irony, which he would later present for his master's degree in 1841. Alongside his despair, the chapter also explores Kierkegaard's aesthetic pursuits, including his explorations of sensuality and the “sexual fall.”

Keywords:   aesthetic life, aesthetic subjects, aesthetic works, Søren Kierkegaard, despair, Ahsverus, sensuality, sexual fall, Poul Møller, path to perdition

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