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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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Groping His Way Back

Groping His Way Back

May 1836 to May 1838

(p.104) Groping His Way Back
A Short Life of Kierkegaard

Walter Lowrie

Princeton University Press

This chapter deals with the two-year period of Kierkegaard's grappling with his own despair, which lasted from May 1836 to 1838. Kierkegaard had held a desolate impression of these two years, in which he intimated that the “powerful religious impression of my childhood acquired a renewed power over [him]” after the death of his father, only now it was “softened by reflection.” Thus, in a sense these two years were a continuation of the events of the previous chapter, in which Kierkegaard was still on the “path to perdition.” This time, however, the chapter looks at how Kierkegaard spent these two years retracing it. This chapter also chronicles Kierkegaard's further engagements with philosophy during his time at the University.

Keywords:   Søren Kierkegaard, Poul Møller, path to perdition, despair, Georg Hamann, Christianity, philosophy

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