TTEASK016U Søren Kierkegaard: Making of the Modern Self

Volume 2015/2016

Focusing on thinkers from Continental Europe like Martin Heidegger, Hannah Arendt, Jean Paul Sartre, and Copenhagen’s own Søren Kierkegaard, this course traces the development of the conception of “selfhood” in the 19th and 20th centuries. We will observe how ethical thinking has moved from the language of duty to that of personal answerability, and how the search for meaningful personal existence has increasingly become the responsibility of the individual. The unique vocabulary of these authors appears not only in works of philosophy, theology, and psychology, but also literature and theatre, which illustrates the claim that we understand ourselves via the stories we tell, and shows how these narratives are necessarily told in dialogue with “the Other,” our fellow human beings.

  • Category
  • Hours
  • Class Instruction
  • 28
  • Total
  • 28
Type of assessment
Written assignment
Marking scale
7-point grading scale
Exam period

Winther 2015/2016 Summer 2016