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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 Great Parenthesis

The Great Parenthesis

August 1838 to July 1840

(p.128) The Great Parenthesis
A Short Life of Kierkegaard

Walter Lowrie

Princeton University Press

This chapter refers to a period between 1838 and 1840, which Kierkegaard considered so uninteresting as to describe it as “the great parenthesis.” During this time he was preparing for his theological examination out of deference to his father, which he had considered a necessity despite having to put off his more interesting studies in favor of academic discipline. The chapter then explores the integration of his “active I” (which he considered his personal consciousness or his “real” self) and his “reflective I,” at the same time discussing the irony of Kierkegaard failing to likewise integrate into what he called “the universal,” i.e. society. It also recounts the beginnings of his courtship with Regina Olsen. Finally, this chapter briefly discusses the publication of a book entitled, From the Posthumous Papers of one Still Living.

Keywords:   theology, uninterest, Regina Olsen, University of Copenhagen, Søren Kierkegaard, graduation, courtship, active I, reflective I, Hans Christian Andersen

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