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Evenings with Kierkegaard
by David Wemyss (July 2012)
A lot of people have heard of Kierkegaard but only a few have read him. He was born in Copenhagen in 1813, the youngest of seven children. By the time he was 21, four of his siblings and his mother were dead. It’s an amazing story of family melancholy, and even madness. Some think he was forged years before he was born, when his troubled father, little more than a boy at the time, cursed God on a blasted Jutland heath - and was still brooding over it at the age of 82! Kierkegaard certainly had a religiously claustrophobic upbringing - to say the least - but by the time he entered the University of Copenhagen in 1830 to study theology he had managed to reinvent himself as something of a young man about town. more>>>