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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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Thirty-four Years Old

Thirty-four Years Old


(p.188) Thirty-four Years Old
A Short Life of Kierkegaard

Walter Lowrie

Princeton University Press

This chapter discusses Kierkegaard's troubles upon reaching the unexpected age of thirty-four years old. Expecting to die earlier, he had already used up a good part of his capital, and now, with an indefinite term of life before him, he would be obliged to make more use of it. This concern prompted him to take various measures to secure his economic position, which this chapter narrates at length. In addition, the chapter takes a look at “the case of Adler”—an issue which troubled Kierkegaard more deeply than his other troubles of the time. For three years he was deeply engrossed in writing and rewriting his “big book on Adler,” with P.A. Adler being a Danish pastor lately deposed for the claim he had made in his first book that it was written at the dictation of Jesus Christ, as well as by his awkward recantation thereafter.

Keywords:   Søren Kierkegaard, economic security, P.A. Adler, recantation, financial troubles, economic troubles

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