Søren Kierkegaard

1813 - 1855

Søren Kierkegaard

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 3,719,941 page views. His biography is available in 103 different languages on Wikipedia making him the 31st most popular philosopher.

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Among philosophers, Søren Kierkegaard ranks 30 out of 1,005Before him are Heraclitus, Erasmus, Thales of Miletus, Friedrich Engels, Laozi, and Averroes. After him are Martin Heidegger, David Hume, Sun Tzu, Diogenes, Democritus, and Plutarch.

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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, Petar II Petrović-Njegoš, Charles-Valentin Alkan, Franz Miklosich, Ivar Aasen, and John Snow. 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, François Rude, Adelaide of Austria, Pavel Nakhimov, Duchess Maria Dorothea of Württemberg, and François Magendie.

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In Denmark

Among people born in Denmark, Søren Kierkegaard ranks 2 out of 579Before him are Hans Christian Andersen (1805). After him are Niels Bohr (1885), Margrethe II of Denmark (1940), Hans Christian Ørsted (1777), Sigrid Undset (1882), Björn Ironside (800), Vitus Bering (1681), Ole Rømer (1644), Christian VII of Denmark (1749), Margaret I of Denmark (1353), and Lili Elbe (1882).


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

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