A Beginners Introduction Guide to Kierkegaard Essay

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"I have been to the brink of oblivion and I remember nothing more than a fermented desire to remember everything" --Waking Life The Scientist and The Storyteller Metaphor and Language In this article I will endeavor to outline Sǿren Kierkegaard for beginners. This article is meant to serve as an introduction and is by no means an exhaustive analysis of the writer, but hopefully you will have an understanding of the basics and a good direction for further reading. Kierkegaard is my favorite philosopher because after reading his books I was able to reconcile religion or rather theology with philosophy. Some people prefer an analytic approach to philosophy, and although I have found much of this thinking very helpful it is a bit stuffy, who wants to decode symbolic logic all day? I am more interested in the use of metaphor and the telling of stories. Science creates a theory and assumes it as an end all answer until an anomaly arrives, for instance the unexplainable wobble in Neptune’s orbit is what lead to the discovery of Pluto. The theory was reworked to include the new planet, or whatever they decided it is now. With storytelling there is only a glimpse of the truth and the story never ends, and the words of a very wise professor have always stuck with me, “We are the stories we tell”. Kierkegaard was able to help me know more about the intricacies of that human emotion we call love and the virtue called grace. He liked to tell stories and would never use his own name, rather pen names that reflected some meaning of the story. He had very Christian motivations and successfully masked them in his presentation, he only directly mentions Christian words and concepts when he writes under his own name in non-philosophical works. The fact that he is my favorite philosopher may appear odd then considering I practice Judaism. It shouldn’t matter that Aslan is a

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