Søren Kierkegaard

1813 - 1855

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Søren Aabye Kierkegaard ( SORR-ən KEER-kə-gard, also US: -⁠gor; Danish: [ˈsœːɐn ˈkʰiɐ̯kəˌkɒˀ] (listen); 5 May 1813 – 11 November 1855) was a Danish philosopher, theologian, poet, social critic, and religious author who is widely considered to be the first existentialist philosopher. He wrote critical texts on organized religion, Christendom, morality, ethics, psychology, and the philosophy of religion, displaying a fondness for metaphor, irony, and parables. Much of his philosophical work deals with the issues of how one lives as a "single individual", giving priority to concrete human reality over abstract thinking and highlighting the importance of personal choice and commitment. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Søren Kierkegaard has received more than 4,052,360 page views. His biography is available in 106 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 103 in 2019). Søren Kierkegaard is the 34th most popular philosopher (down from 30th in 2019), the 3rd most popular biography from Denmark (down from 2nd in 2019) and the most popular Danish Philosopher.

Søren Kierkegaard is most famous for his philosophy of existentialism.

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Among philosophers, Søren Kierkegaard ranks 34 out of 1,089. Before him are Averroes, Democritus, Diogenes, David Hume, Laozi, and Martin Heidegger. After him are Auguste Comte, Sun Tzu, Plutarch, Al-Ghazali, Michel de Montaigne, and Ludwig Wittgenstein.

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Among people born in 1813, Søren Kierkegaard ranks 3Before him are Giuseppe Verdi and Richard Wagner. After him are David Livingstone, Claude Bernard, Georg Büchner, Henry Bessemer, John Snow, Charles-Valentin Alkan, Petar II Petrović-Njegoš, Ivar Aasen, and Franz Miklosich. Among people deceased in 1855, Søren Kierkegaard ranks 2Before him is Carl Friedrich Gauss. After him are Nicholas I of Russia, Charlotte Brontë, Adam Mickiewicz, Gérard de Nerval, Infante Carlos, Count of Molina, Adelaide of Austria, François Rude, Pavel Nakhimov, Duchess Maria Dorothea of Württemberg, and François Magendie.

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Among people born in Denmark, Søren Kierkegaard ranks 3 out of 783. Before him are Hans Christian Andersen (1805) and Niels Bohr (1885). After him are Ivar the Boneless (900), Margrethe II of Denmark (1940), Björn Ironside (800), Hans Christian Ørsted (1777), Vitus Bering (1681), Christian VII of Denmark (1749), Ole Rømer (1644), George I of Greece (1845), and Margaret I of Denmark (1353).


Among philosophers born in Denmark, Søren Kierkegaard ranks 1After him are Harald Høffding (1843).