The School Of Life: Life Lessons from Kierkegaard

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The Life Lesson series takes a great thinker and highlights those ideas most relevant to us today. These books show how wise voices from the past have urgently important and inspiring things to tell us.

Søren Kierkegaard was a Dane, born in 1813, the youngest of a family of seven children. Before he reached the age of twenty-two all but he and one older brother had died. Two of his sisters had died in childbirth at the age of thirty-three and Kierkegaard was convinced that he would last no longer than that himself.

His profound experience of the brevity of life led Kierkegaard to think of living as a preparation for death, and in its turn this awareness gave him a driven sense of the value of time and to make each moment count. His philosophical work addressed living as a single individual and the importance of personal choice.

A famously fierce critic of the idealist thinkers of his time, he is regarded as the first existentialist philosopher.

About the Author Robert Ferguson is the author of the Viking history The Hammer and the Cross and biographer of Henrik Ibsen and Knut Hamsun. He has published two novels in Norwegian and is also an award-winning dramatist.

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