Søren Kierkegaard and the Challenge of Existence

Søren Kierkegaard

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“Kierkegaard and the Challenge of Existence is a course in English for all International Students offered each semester. Søren Kierkegaard is a fascinating and famous Danish philosopher/writer – in fact, the only Danish thinker of undisputed international rank and legend. Apart from being considered the “father of existentialism”, his unorthodox ideas are discussed in and can be connected to virtually every subject area within the humanities.

Kierkegaard’s works revolve around basic human experiences such as lust, despair, anxiety, love, morality, passion, absurdity and God. In particular, Kierkegaard claimed to present a complete summary of the possible ways in which we can live our lives or exist. At the same time, he analyzed and criticized these ways thoroughly in order to judge to what extent they may give us a true point of orientation.

The lectures do not presuppose specialized knowledge and will introduce the respective themes without jargon. Kierkegaard’s ideas are original and never belong to one genre only so that the course is indeed eligible to students of all majors. Essays can be composed freely, but need to be submitted in English. Individual student counselling of the lecturer will be available.”

Time: Mondays 4-6 p.m.

Location: South Campus, rooms 12-0-25 + 12-0-35

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Please note that the programme, room and dates are subject to changes.

Please note that the course schedule is under revision since a new teacher is supervising this course during the Spring semester of 2023.