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This section features articles from the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy and the Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy. The SEP is probably the most comprehensive online philosophy resource. It features in-depth articles on a huge number of philosophical topics, however, it is aimed at an academic audience and may be too detailed and technical for beginners. The IEP is generally more beginner-friendly but is also considered to be less reliable. Wikipedia is also an option, but it is much less reliable than either of these.
Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy
Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy
This section features short articles written by professional philosophers and aimed at a general audience. These articles are ideal for anyone looking for a shorter or more beginner-friendly introduction to Kierkegaard than the encyclopedia articles listed above.
- Happy birthday Kierkegaard, we need you now
- Why the demoniac stayed in his comfortable corner of hell
The Times Literary Supplement
The New York Times (The Stone)
- Kierkegaard’s world, part 1: What does it mean to exist?
- Kierkegaard’s world, part 2: The truth of knowledge and the truth of life
- Kierkegaard’s world, part 3: The story of Abraham and Isaac
- Kierkegaard’s world, part 4: ‘The essentially human is passion’
- Kierkegaard’s world, part 5: The task of becoming a Christian
- Kierkegaard’s world, part 6: On learning to suffer
- Kierkegaard’s world, part 7: Spiritlessness
This section features episodes from leading philosophy podcasts. These are also aimed at a general audience and are a good option for beginners who prefer audio content.
In Our Time
The Philosopher’s Zone
The Partially Examined Life
Short Videos (<30 mins)
This section features short videos aimed at beginners.
Academy of Ideas
- Introduction to Kierkegaard: The Existential Problem
- Introduction to Kierkegaard: The Religious Solution
- Soren Kierkegaard and The Psychology of Anxiety
Lectures/Longer Videos (>30 mins)
This section features longer videos and lectures.
- Rick Roderick on Kierkegaard and the Contemporary Spirit
- 19th Century Philosophy: Soren Kierkegaard- Gregory Sadler (Playlist)
See this page for course syllabi on Kierkegaard.
See this list of the best books on or by Kierkegaard.
This section features online courses on Kierkegaard.
- Soren Kierkegaard – Jon B. Stewart | University of Copenhagen
This section features a selection of key quotes by Kierkegaard.
There are many people who reach their conclusions about life like schoolboys; they cheat their master by copying the answer out of a book without having worked out the sum for themselves.
– Journal, 1837
The greatest hazard of all, losing one’s self, can occur very quietly in the world, as if it were nothing at all. No other loss can occur so quietly; any other loss – an arm, a leg, five dollars, a wife, etc. – is sure to be noticed.
– The Sickness unto Death
It’s quite true what philosophy says, that life must be understood backwards. But one then forgets the other principle, that it must be lived forwards. A principle which, the more one thinks it through, precisely leads to the conclusion that life in time can never be properly understood, just because no moment can acquire the complete stillness needed to orient oneself backward.
– Søren Kierkegaard’s Papirer
My either/or does not in the first instance denote the choice between good and evil; it denotes the choice whereby one chooses good and evil or excludes them. Here the question is under what determinants one would contemplate the whole of existence and would oneself live.
The supreme paradox of all thought is the attempt to discover something that thought cannot think.
– Philosophical Fragments
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