By George Pattison
This ebook seems at Kierkegaard with a clean viewpoint formed by way of the historical past of rules, framed by way of the phrases romanticism and modernism. 'Modernism' the following refers back to the type of highbrow and literary modernism linked to Georg Brandes, and such later 19th and early 20th century figures as J. P. Jacobsen, Nietzsche, Dostoevsky, Ibsen (all frequently linked to Kierkegaard in early secondary literature), and the younger Georg Lukacs. This circulation, presently attracting expanding scholarly awareness, fed into such different currents of 20th century notion as Bolshevism (as in Lukacs himself), fascism, and the early existentialism of, e.g., Shestov and the unconventional tradition magazine The Brenner (in which Kierkegaard featured on a regular basis, and whose readers integrated Martin Heidegger). every one of those activities has, arguably, its personal 'Romantic' point and Kierkegaard therefore emerges as a determine who holds jointly or in whom are mirrored either the aspirations and contradictions of early romanticism and its later 19th and 20th century inheritors.
Kierkegaard's particular 'staging' of his authorship within the modern lifetime of Copenhagen, then present process a swift transformation from being the backward capital of an absolutist monarchy to a contemporary, cosmopolitan urban, presents a different concentration for the quantity. during this state of affairs the early Romantic adventure of nature as offering a resource of therapeutic and an adventure of unambiguous lifestyles is transposed right into a extra advanced and, finally, catastrophic sign in. In articulating those tensions, Kierkegaard's authorship supplied a replicate to his age but additionally expected and inspired later generations who wrestled with their very own models of this case.