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 (kîr′kĭ-gärd′, -gôr′), Søren Aaby 1813-1855.
Danish religious philosopher. A precursor of modern existentialism, he insisted on the need for individual decision and leaps of faith in the search for religious truth, thereby contradicting Protestant rationalist theology. His works include Either/Or and Fear and Trembling (both 1843).
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(ˈkɪəkəˌɡɑːd; Danish ˈkirɡəɡɔːr)
(Biography) Søren Aabye (ˈsøːrən ˈɔːby). 1813–55, Danish philosopher and theologian. He rejected organized Christianity and anticipated the existentialists in emphasizing man's moral responsibility and freedom of choice. His works include Either/Or (1843), The Concept of Dread (1844), and The Sickness unto Death (1849)
ˌKierkeˈgaardian adj, n
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(ˈkɪər kɪˌgɑrd, -ˌgɑr, -ˌgɔr)

Sö•ren Aa•bye (ˈsœ rən ˈɔ bü) 1813–55, Danish philosopher and theologian.
Kier`ke•gaard′i•an, adj.
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Noun1.Kierkegaard - Danish philosopher who is generally considered. along with Nietzsche, to be a founder of existentialism (1813-1855)
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However, one might also say that what Bowles' serious ladies dread in themselves is their propensity for "original sin," an "original sin" generically different from the Biblical or the Kierkegaardian interpretation.
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And it is my struggle to stay true to this Kierkegaardian attitude of patience that provides the inspiration for this essay.
Neither is the narrator pre-ternaturally aware, nor the vessel for some Kierkegaardian philosopher shoehorned into a boy's consciousness; yet from the mouth of this babe--or, more appropriately, from the mouth of his female friend, Tutti--come tender, insightful observations on the pain of loss and the necessity of living an authentic life.
Because there is still a problem, however, with the kind of objective viewpoint implicit in inclusivism's claim that beliefs that contradict ours are false, Connell suggests we can improve on inclusivism by exploring Kierkegaardian "resources of self-critique" for mitigating the dangers of retaining an emphasis on commitment to truth-claims.
The Freedom to Become a Christian: A Kierkegaardian Account of Human Transformation in Relationship With God
In Kierkegaardian way (1974a, 66), Vian and Murakami acknowledged the subj ectivity of the self.
And how far should considerations of complacency drive one from a social command theory to a Kierkegaardian divine command theory?" (220).