Robert W. Bretall Writing Styles in A Kierkegaard Anthology

Robert W. Bretall
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Perspective

The Kierkegaard Anthology has three general perspectives: the editor's, Kierkegaard's, and the perspectives of Kierkegaard's pseudonymous authors. The editor, Robert Bretall, composes the anthology and publishes it in 1946. His interpretive stamp pervades the text because he selects which parts of Kierkegaard's work are most important and must be reprinted in the text. The editor admits that his choices are somewhat subjective but realizes that any choices made would be equally subjective. He also places commentaries at the beginning of each series of book excerpts.

The main perspective is that of Soren Kierkegaard's, of course. It is hard to describe one overarching aim of Kierkegaard's work except to say that the vast majority of his corpus is concerned with the nature of Christianity, the Christian life and being a Christian in Christian society. Various themes pervade his writings, but generally speaking Kierkegaard is a radical Lutheran Christian with some...

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