Kierkegaard at 200

Sketch of Søren Kierkegaard

Sketch of Søren Kierkegaard one year before his death by H.P. Hanson

A mini exhibit commemorating the life and work of Søren Kierkegaard (1813-1855) on the 200th anniversary of his birth. Though only living to 42, Søren Kierkegaard produced copious works that span philosophy, literary criticism, theology, psychology, devotional literature and fiction that made innovative contributions to each. He has been dubbed the “father of existentialism” and produced important critiques of Hegel and German romanticism. He is known for both his deep melancholy and his use of humor and satire. This exhibit presents an overview of Kierkegaard’s life and continuing influence. The display features images of Kierkegaard, his family and contemporaries from the Photograph and Print Collection at the Royal Library in Copenhagen. In addition, on display are works by and on Kierkegaard belonging to the University of Chicago Library, such as volumes from important collected works and writings on Kierkegaard by members of the University of Chicago faculty.  The exhibit is on display in the Fourth Floor Reading Room of the Joseph Regenstein Library from May 8 through July 31, 2013.

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