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. Then we learnt how Kierkegaard describes how to not sin against one’s self – his existentialism. All had fun discussing and criticising aspects of Kierkegaard’s work, and we learnt a lot too. Read more.

By Oscar Braun-White, 6.1


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