This e-book appears at Kierkegaard with a clean standpoint formed by means of the heritage of principles, framed through the phrases romanticism and modernism. 'Modernism' right here refers back to the form 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 realization, fed into such assorted currents of 20th century proposal as Bolshevism (as in Lukacs himself), fascism, and the early existentialism of, e.g., Shestov and the novel tradition magazine The Brenner (in which Kierkegaard featured usually, and whose readers incorporated Martin Heidegger). each one of those routine has, arguably, its personal 'Romantic' point and Kierkegaard hence 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 quick transformation from being the backward capital of an absolutist monarchy to a contemporary, cosmopolitan urban, offers an additional concentration for the amount. during this scenario the early Romantic event of nature as supplying a resource of therapeutic and an event of unambiguous existence is transposed right into a extra complicated and, eventually, catastrophic check in. In articulating those tensions, Kierkegaard's authorship supplied a replicate to his age but additionally expected and prompted later generations who wrestled with their very own types of this situation.