Philosophy Society discuss Kierkegaard

Kierkegaard intended “to find the idea for which I am willing to live and die”. A light topic for a Wednesday evening! Members of the Philosophy Society met in the comfort of 6.2 Flat to learn and discuss the work of Kierkegaard. He was concerned with the idea of personal existence. Disagreeing partially with Descartes’ “I think therefore I am”, Kierkegaard believed that you cannot simply imagine a personal existence, that you must become visible to oneself, make it yours and shape it. You must acknowledge the relationship between the body and soul – consciousness. Importantly, this must happen from soul to body by thought and reflection, but also from body to soul by passion. Passion comes from the Greek word ‘to suffer’, giving an idea of how you physically act and for what you are willing to suffer. Then we learnt how Kierkegaard describes how to not sin against one’s self – his existentialism. He defines categories from the lowest philistine, to the religious person, who embraces and believes that Jesus Christ died and rose to save us from our sins. Essentially an irrational belief arising from the passion of faith. This, he believed was the highest form of existence. All had fun discussing and criticising aspects of Kierkegaard’s work, however we learnt a lot too.

By Oscar Braun-White, 6.1


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