Daily Lessons for Teaching A Kierkegaard Anthology

Robert W. Bretall
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Lesson 1 (from Chapter 1, The Journals)


Chapter 1, The Journals

Kierkegaard, author of the Kierkegaard Anthology, was a Danish philosopher who had a significant influence on the development of 20th century philosophy and psychology. The objective of this lesson is to examine the life and work of Soren Kierkegaard.


1) Independent Work: Students should find answers to the following: Who was Soren Kierkegaard? What was his upbringing? Education? Work? What kind of relationship did he have with Regine Olsen?

2) Class Discussion: What was Kierkegaard most known for? Who criticized his work? What philosophical works was he most known for? What have his works influenced? What do his theological works emphasize? What is the definition of existentialism, according to Kierkegaard?

3) Group Work: Students will discuss the following. Soren Kierkegaard was the father of existentialism.

4) Homework: Based on his education, do you think that Kierkegaard had the knowledge to influence philosophical thought? Theological thought? Why...

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