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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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"Kierkegaard's Last Words

"Kierkegaard's Last Words

(p.257) "Kierkegaard's Last Words
A Short Life of Kierkegaard

Walter Lowrie

Princeton University Press

This chapter quotes two of Kierkegaard's last words—in this sense, the passages he had written in his Journal as a “report to history,” rather than his final utterances in the hospital. As Kierkegaard himself had remarked in Fear and Trembling (1843), every “intellectual tragic hero” must have a last word to say which illuminates the significance of his life and makes clear the pertinence of his sacrifice. He had penned two such last words. The first, “The Wild Goose: A Symbol,” illuminates figuratively the significance of his life, written in 1854 and possessing coincidental parallels with Hans Christian Andersen's “The Ugly Duckling.” The second passage, “‘The Sacrificed Ones,’ The Correctives,” is more pertinent to his death.

Keywords:   Søren Kierkegaard, last words, The Wild Goose: A Symbol, The Sacrificed Ones, life, death

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