Søren Kierkegaard and the Common Man

Review of Metaphysics 57 (2):387-389 (2003)


Jørgen Bukdhal’s study is a quietly moving and deceptively simple corrective to Kierkegaard’s reception. First published in Danish in 1961, it dispels the image of a lonely, angst-ridden individual, hopelessly mired in interiority and oblivious to concrete social ills. By deftly and eruditely elucidating the problematics of his time and by following the full expanse of his philosophical career, Bukdahl’s Kierkegaard comes closer to someone like Levinas. For “what matters is to exist for the sake of every person, unconditionally everyone”.

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