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"Saint" Kierkegaard exposed as crackpot

By Curt_Anderson
August 30, 2021 10:38 am
Category: Philosophy

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Can we all stop mentioning and quoting Søren Kierkegaard now? His views have been refuted and criticized by others of his profession.

Eminent philosophers and thinkers including Theodor Adorno, Emmanuel Levinas, Jean-Paul Sartre and Martin Heidegger rejected Kierkegaard's philosophical views and/or his religious views.

But it doesn't a superior mind to realize that Kierkegaard was a crackpot.
Kierkegaard argued that democracy, not monarchy, is "the most tyrannical form of government," and that of all forms of government, the government by a single individual is best. This he said after the US Constitution was written.


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  1. by HatetheSwamp on August 30, 2021 10:54 am

    Interesting, Curt. Kierkegaard died a relatively young man in virtually obscurity.

    It was the better part of a century after he wrote that existentialism emerged as a powerful force in mid 20th century philosophy, reflecting concepts articulated by Kierkegaard long before the 20th century existentialists were born.

    More significantly to me, the important 20th century Christian theological movement known as Neo Orthodoxy, championed by Karl Barth, Paul Tillich, Rudolph Bultmann and others was built on Kierkegaard's thinking.

    As far as SS is concerned, po, effin LIVES Kierkegaard's life of subjectivity and of the leap of faith.

    If you don't like Kierkegaard, talk to po!


  2. by Curt_Anderson on August 30, 2021 11:04 am
    Dying in obscurity is the lot of most crackpots, unless they are lucky enough to be the founder of a religion or other movement with unquestioning adherents.

    “A people’s government,” wrote Kierkegaard, “is the true image of Hell” (p. 487). Kierkegaard was unabashedly an apologist and supporter of the monarch, and when democratic revolution swept the country in 1849, Kierkegaard hid in his apartment and hoped it would all blow over.
    --Søren Kierkegaard: A Biography, by Joachim Garff, translated by Bruce H. Kirmmse. 867 pages, Princeton University Press


  3. by HatetheSwamp on August 30, 2021 11:17 am

    C'mon Curt, you silly little man. How many philosophers whose thoughts are studied with a fine tooth comb hundreds of years after they thought them were not the oddest people in the neighborhood, the people whom the young boys in town were dared, knock on his door!!!!!?

    Subjectivity IS truth. The best and the bravest among us are the people who make the most uncompromising, seemingly irrational leap of faith.

    Yeah. Kierkegaard was an oddball...all of this life. He was mocked and sneered at from the time he was a kid.

    But, when I was in grad school, he was being studied by the dudes and babes among my classmates as carefully as anyone who'd ever been alive.


  4. by Curt_Anderson on August 30, 2021 11:30 am
    Likewise doctors, epidemiologists, scientists and political leaders have their detractors. Criticism and skepticism is the opposite of gullibility.


  5. by HatetheSwamp on August 30, 2021 11:33 am

    You really ARE preachin at po, today, ain't, Curt!!!!?

    Preach it, bro!


  6. by Ponderer on August 30, 2021 12:16 pm
    There is criticism and skepticism, and there is willfully ignorant denial and self-serving, contradiction and obstinacy... Your stock in trade.

    Curt and I understand the difference. You do not.


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