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Kierkegaard ~ FEB 15

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Søren Kierkegaard was a 19th century Danish philosopher, poet, social critic, and theologian. He is known popularly as “the father of Existentialism” due to his influence on French and German atheism—but, paradoxically, his works have also had a major impact on Christian theology. Presented by Van A. Harvey, Ph.D., Friday, February 15, 2019, at 7:00PM (doors open at 6:15PM for the wine reception).

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Søren Kierkegaard was a 19th century Danish philosopher, poet, social critic, and theologian.  Virtually unknown outside of Denmark until the 20thcentury, his works have now been translated into virtually every European and English language. He is known popularly as “the father of Existentialism” because of his influence on French and German atheism but, paradoxically, his works have also had a major impact on Christian theology. Born in 1813 into a large family with seven children, he was only one of two that survived. After breaking a marriage engagement, he lived a solitary life as an author. Before he died at the early age of 42, he produced some 50 volumes that are divided into types: pseudonymous and those he signed with his own name. The last of his writings are criticisms of both the Danish church and the literary culture of his own time. The result of these works resulted in his becoming both isolated and a subject of public ridicule and the subject of the cartoons of his time. Because so many of his writings are pseudonymous, his life and work are the subject of several interpretations, of which Professor Harvey will offer his own. Presented by Van A. Harvey, Ph.D., Friday, February 15, 2019, at 7:00PM (doors open at 6:15PM for the wine reception).

Van A. Harvey is Professor of Religious Studies (Emeritus) at Stanford University. Born in Hankow, China he received a Ph.D. from Yale University in post-Enlightenment religious thought. Dr. Harvey has been awarded two Guggenheim Fellowships, a National Endowment of the Humanities Fellowship, and distinguished teaching awards from both the University of Pennsylvania and Stanford University. An expert on fin de siècle Vienna, Dr. Harvey has also taught in the University of Vienna Hochschule for international students.