Søren Kierkegaard - Subjectivity, Irony and the Crisis of Modernity

It is often claimed that relativism, subjectivism and nihilism are typically modern philosophical problems that emerge with the breakdown of traditional values, customs and ways of life. The result is the absence of meaning, the lapse of religious faith, and feeling of alienation that is so widespread in modernity. The Danish thinker Søren Kierkegaard (1813-55) gave one of the most penetrating analyses of this complex phenomenon of modernity. But somewhat surprisingly he seeks insight into it not in any modern thinker but rather in an ancient one, the Greek philosopher Socrates. In this course created by former associate professor at the Søren Kierkegaard Research Centre, Jon Stewart, we will explore how Kierkegaard deals with the problems associated with relativism, the lack of meaning and the undermining of religious faith that are typical of modern life. His penetrating analyses are still highly relevant today and have been seen as insightful for the leading figures of Existentialism, Post-Structuralism and Post-Modernism.

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Rating 4.7 based on 124 ratings
Length 9 weeks
Starts Jan 14 (last week)
Cost $49
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Instructor Jon Stewart, PhD, Dr theol & phil
Free Limited Content
Language English
Subjects Humanities Art & Design
Tags History Arts And Humanities Philosophy

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highly recommend in 8 reviews

I highly recommend this MOOC.

While it is not required in any way, I would highly recommend purchasing Prof. Stewart's companion book, which really helped me learn the material.

Highly recommended!

Highly recommended.

jon stewart in 7 reviews

I'm buying Jon Stewart's book because of the clarity that he situates Kierkegaard's writing.

Em tempos de dogmatismos, pós-verdades, e sistematizações grosseiras, o curso do professor Jon Stewart se faz cada vez mais necessário.

The printed text of Professor Jon Stewart was a great help in deepening and understanding the contents of the course.

professor jon stewart is a walking kierkegaard I found the course quite interesting overall and it is delivered by an excellent professor.

Fascinating, compelling, Thanks for the opportunity Truly excellent course, Jon Stewart is a superb instructor Enjoyable, very interesting and easy enough to follow.

Dr. Jon Stewart proves that all people named Jon Stewart are cool (this is for all you "Daily Show" fans out there).

recommend this course in 5 reviews

I highly recommend this course.

I would recommend this course without reservation.

I highly recommend this course for anyone interested in the history of thought and/or the intersection of theology and philosophy.

If you want to delve into Philosophy and its relevance to our modern life I highly recommend this course.

I recommend this course to anyone interested in learning about subjective truth, how to be self-seeking, the Socratic Method, and a unique method for challenging traditional thought.

prof. stewart in 5 reviews

Prof. Stewart is a top-notch lecturer and each lecture occurs in a different location that was significant to the topic.

This was a truly excellent course - substantial and complex, but delivered by Prof. Stewart in an engaging way which made the difficulties of Kierkegaard's work accessible.

Prof. Stewart has an impressive knowledge of the intricacies of Kirkegaard's life and works (and their contexts) and presents it in a structured and clear manner.I especially enjoyed the frequent reflections on the relevance of these ideas to our modern lives.

Prof. Stewart is amazing!

It's unbelievable Prof. Stewart and staff went to so much trouble and were so competent and considerate as to offer this course for free to us.

well presented in 5 reviews

Everything was well organized and well presented, I learned a lot.

A wonderful course, well presented, a pleasure to undertake.

Extremely useful Very well presented course, but in my view could be somewhat more to the point.

Very well presented.

I can only say: fantastic great course and extremely well presented.

anyone interested in 4 reviews

I would definitely recommend it to anyone interested in Kierkegaard's philosophy.

Highly recommend to anyone interested in Philosophy, Continental Philosophy, Religion or just curious about Kierkegaard's thought.

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Rating 4.7 based on 124 ratings
Length 9 weeks
Starts Jan 14 (last week)
Cost $49
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Instructor Jon Stewart, PhD, Dr theol & phil
Free Limited Content
Language English
Subjects Humanities Art & Design
Tags History Arts And Humanities Philosophy

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