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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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Father and Son United

Father and Son United

Twenty-Five Years of Age

(p.118) Father and Son United
A Short Life of Kierkegaard

Walter Lowrie

Princeton University Press

This chapter chronicles Kierkegaard's reconciliation with his father as well as the latter's death, and Kierkegaard's impressions thereof. It recounts his final meeting with his father and how the latter had made a clean breast of his misconduct—which he had been able to recognize as having been the cause, in part, of Kierkegaard's own defection from Christianity. Thereafter the chapter explores Kierkegaard's various tributes to his father after their reconciliation and the latter's death. It also looks into Kierkegaard's mindset regarding his attitudes toward religion after the reconciliation, culminating in a religious, nigh-mystical experience of “indescribable joy” as well as his official return the Church.

Keywords:   Søren Kierkegaard, Christianity, Michael Pedersen Kierkegaard, joy, reconciliation, Church, religious experiences

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