Kierkegaard and Truth

If ultimately, as Kierkegaard claims, “truth is subjectivity,” a matter of love, spirit, and personal purpose, then such inwardness, such experience, cannot be known as it is except by having it. The marks of it can be noted, desire for it promotes, and change of heart necessary for its appropriation can be generated in preparation, but the inward understanding of it, it seems, must be a matter of participation in its reality. … More Kierkegaard and Truth


Quotes about Soren Kierkegaard

I feared his visit. I was twenty-four, and the religious revival within myself was at its height. Earlier that summer, I had discovered Kierkegaard, and each week I brought back to the apartment one more of the Princeton University Press’s elegant and expensive editions of his works. They were beautiful books, sometimes very thick, sometimes very thin, always typographically exhilarating, with their welter of title pages, subheads, epigraphs, emphatic italics, italicized catchwords taken from German philosophy and too subtle for translation, translator’s prefaces and footnotes, and Kierkegaard’s own endless footnotes, blanketing pages at a time as, crippled, agonized by distinctions, he scribbled on and on, heaping irony on irony, curse on curse, gnashing, sneering, praising Jehovah in the privacy of his empty home in Copenhagen. … More Quotes about Soren Kierkegaard

Psychology by Kierkegaard

The egotistical depression naturally fears on its own account and, like all depression, is self-indulgent in enjoyment. It has a certain exaggerated obeisance, a secret horror of any contact with life. “What can one depend upon; everything may change; perhaps even this being I now almost worship can change; perhaps later fates will bring me in contact with another being who for the first time will truly be the ideal of which I have dreamed.” … More Psychology by Kierkegaard

Kierkegaard and Aristotle

What profound and penetrating consciousness of himself, that he does what lies within his power, what perseverance and alertness, for what enemy is more cunning than these cares? He does not get rid of them by a few bold moves: he does not scare them away with hubbub and noise. What grace and dignity it takes to turn away from them and yet not to run away from them! … More Kierkegaard and Aristotle

Kierkegaard’s Banquet 1845

Immortal Mozart, thou to whom I owe all; but no! as yet I do not owe thee all. But when I shall have become an old man—if ever I do become an old man; or when I shall have become ten years older—if ever I do; or when I am become old—if ever I shall become old; or when I shall die—for that, indeed, I know I shall: then shall I say: immortal Mozart, thou to whom I owe all—and then I shall let my admiration, which is my soul’s first and only admiration, burst forth in all its might and let it make away with me, as it often has been on the point of doing. … More Kierkegaard’s Banquet 1845

Eerie prediction of 1835

A drama will be enacted in Germany in comparison with which the French Revolution will appear a harmless idyl. To be sure, matters are at present rather quiet, and if occasionally this one or the other rants and gesticulates somewhat violently, do not believe that these will ever appear as the real actors. These are only little puppies, that run around in the empty arena, barking and snarling at one another, until the hour shall arrive when appear the gladiators, who are to battle unto death. … More Eerie prediction of 1835

The Destination of Man 1800

From this moment I will enter on my rights, on the dignity to which I have a claim. Let all that is foreign to my own mind be at once renounced! I will examine for myself. It may be that secret wishes concerning the termination of my inquiries, that a partial inclination towards certain conclusions, will awaken in my heart. I will forget and deny these wishes, and allow them no influence in the direction of my thoughts. I will go to work with scrupulous severity. … More The Destination of Man 1800

Leibniz on Faith with Reason 1710 (Theodicy)

Little by little Aristotle took the place of Plato, when the taste for systems began to prevail, and when theology itself became more systematic, owing to the decisions of the General Councils, which provided precise and positive formularies. A little before these changes, and before the great schism in the West (1054) that still endures, there was in Italy a sect of philosophers which disputed this conformity of faith with reason which I maintain.
They were dubbed ‘Averroists’. … More Leibniz on Faith with Reason 1710 (Theodicy)

Francis Bacon’s Study Guide 1605

“There is met in your Majesty a rare conjunction as well of divine and sacred literature as of profane and human; so as your Majesty standeth invested of that triplicity which in great veneration was ascribed to the ancient Hermes; the power and fortune of a King, the knowledge and illumination of a Priest, and the learning and universality of a Philosopher” … More Francis Bacon’s Study Guide 1605