Soren Kierkegaard: Mega Mind of the 19th Century
As a man whose work spans across areas such as philosophy, theology, devotional literature, and more, Soren Kierkegaard is considered one of the mega-minds of philosophy and the 19th century. He was influenced by many people throughout his life, as well as influencing many people himself. With works that ranged from religious views all the way to developing a “new” way to view our surroundings, Kierkegaard was a very well-rounded and mentally profound man. There were few people that could influence such a profound mind at the time, but Kierkegaard found them both in church as well as in the realm of philosophy.
As a whole Kierkegaard lead a rather boring life and was rarely seen away from his hometown of Copenhagen, Denmark. “[Kierkegaard] was educated at a prestigious boys' school (Borgerdydskolen), then attended Copenhagen University where he studied philosophy and theology. His teachers at the university included F.C. Sibbern, Poul Martin Møller, and H.L. Martensen (McDonald, 1996).” Møller had a major negative effect on Kierkegaard’s philosophic-literary development. In H.L. Martensen, he found the perfect match, someone who taught him in school and was involved in the church as well. “…when [Martensen] became Bishop Primate of the Danish People’s Church, Kierkegaard published a vitriolic attack on Martensen’s theological views (McDonald, 1996).” Martensen was considered one of Kierkegaard’s chief intellectual rivals. “Another very important figure in Kierkegaard's life was J.L. Heiberg, the doyen of Copenhagen's literati (McDonald, 1996).” Heiberg influenced Kierkegaard to write his first major publication, “…From the Papers of One Still Living, [which] is largely an attempt to articulate a Heibergian aesthetics - which is a modified version of Hegel's aesthetics (McDonald, 1996).”
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