Ph.d., Dr. habil. theol. & phil.
Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University
Foreign member of the Royal Danish Academy of Sciences and Letters
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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 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.
To date more than 70,000 students from around the world have been involved in the course. The course is absolutely free of charge. No prior knowledge is required.
The course can now be taken on an on-demand basis, and thus students can start at any time and can follow the video lectures at their own pace.
Editor-in-chief of the series Danish Golden Age Studies
2007 Museum Tusculaum Press has been producing a monograph series entitled, Danish
Golden Age Studies (ISSN: 1903-3338) under the general editorship of
Professor Jon Stewart. The series is dedicated to advancing international
research on different works, figures and discussions from the Danish Golden
Age, i.e., the period from 1800 to around 1850 when writers and thinkers such
as Hans Christian Andersen and Søren Kierkegaard were active.
This series features many different kinds of monographs, such as Ph.D. dissertations, Habilitation theses, and conference proceedings. The series is interdisciplinary and thus features research monographs in areas such as philosophy, theology, literature, history, aesthetics, art history and drama. The goal of this series is to promote international interest in and research on this rich cultural period of Danish history.
Read more: Danish Golden Age Studies
The following volumes have been published to date:Volume 1
K. Brian Soderquist, The Isolated Self: Truth and Untruth in Søren Kierkegaard’s On the Concept of Irony (2007). Hardback. viii+247pp. ISBN 978-87-635-3090-3.
Paperback edition: 2013. ISBN 978-87-635-4065-0.
Robert Leslie Horn, Positivity and Dialectic: A Study of the Theological Method of Hans Lassen Martensen (2007). Hardback. xviii+246pp. ISBN 978-87-635-3089-7.
Jon Stewart, A History of Hegelianism in Golden Age Denmark
Tome I: The Heiberg Period: 1824-1836 (2007). Hardback. xxi+629pp.
Tome II: The Martensen Period: 1837-1842 (2007). Hardback. xx+775pp.
Curtis L. Thompson, Following the Cultured Public’s Chosen One: Why Martensen Mattered to Kierkegaard (2008). Hardback. xvi+216pp. ISBN 978-87-635-1097-4.
Jon Stewart (editor), Johan Ludvig Heiberg: Philosopher, Littérateur, Dramaturge, and Political Thinker (2008). Hardback. xxii+548pp. ISBN 978-87-635-1096-7.
Jon Stewart (editor), Hans Lassen Martensen: Theologian, Philosopher and Social Critic (2012). Hardback. xv+351pp. ISBN 978-87-635-3169-6.
Jon Stewart (editor), The Heibergs and the Theater: Between Vaudeville, Romantic Comedy and National Drama (2012). Hardback. xi+267pp. ISBN 978-87-635-3897-8.
Katalin Nun, Women of the Danish Golden Age: Literature, Theater and the Emancipation of Women (2013). Hardback. xvi+180pp. ISBN 978-87-635-3913-5.
Jon Stewart, The Cultural Crisis of the Danish Golden Age: Heiberg, Martensen and Kierkegaard (2015). Hardback. xvi+180pp. ISBN 978-87-635-4269-2.
Gerhard Schreiber and Jon Stewart (editors), Magnús Eiríksson: A Forgotten Contemporary of Kierkegaard (forthcoming 2017). Hardback. xiv+487pp. ISBN 978-87-635-4390-3.
Copenhagen: Museum Tusculanum Press
Kierkegaard Studies Yearbook 2017