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Søren Kierkegaard - Subjectivity, Irony and the Crisis of Modernity

University of Copenhagen via Coursera

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  • Language English
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  • Effort 4-6 hours a week
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  • Duration 8 weeks long

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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 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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Mark Q
5.0 3 years ago
Mark completed this course, spending 3 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be medium.
What a great course! Everything was well organized and well presented, I learned a lot. The reading materials covered the topics discussed without being too long. Lectures were filmed around Copenhagen which helped to tie the historical setting to the modern. I highly recommend this course.
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Anonymous
4.0 4 years ago
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A nice intro to Kierkegaard's thought. Great comparisons to Socrates's work.
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Anne A
3.0 a year ago
Anne partially completed this course, spending 4 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be medium.
This course is very 'dry'. The style of writing makes for heavy reading. There is a great deal of detail given the same level of importance so the reader needs to search for the significant overall picture that the Educator is presenting. The quizzes demand that every detail is remembered - unless of course, the transcripts are printed off to be referred to. As with all MOOCs using the Coursera software platform the layout of discussions is clumsy. Generally there is only one thread per week - that started by the educator so that it is not really a thread but a long list of students' homework.
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Juan partially completed this course, spending 2 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be medium.
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