Søren Kierkegaard - Subjectivity, Irony and the Crisis of Modernity

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Søren Kierkegaard - Subjectivity, Irony and the Crisis of Modernity

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It is often claimed that relativism, subjectivism and nihilism are typically modern philosophical problems that emerge with the breakdown of traditional values, customs and ways of life. The result is the absence of meaning, the lapse of religious faith, and feeling of alienation that is so widespread in modernity.

The Danish thinker Søren Kierkegaard (1813-55) gave one of the most penetrating analyses of this complex phenomenon of modernity. But somewhat surprisingly he seeks insight into it not in any modern thinker but rather in an ancient one, the Greek philosopher Socrates.

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Mark Jackson profile image
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8/10 starsCompleted
  • 7 reviews
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3 years, 9 months ago
A quite straight-forward course with pleasant lecture videos filmed around Copenhagen.The professor doesn't take part in the discussions which is a shame to me. Also, the discussion threads are split out between different languages - so I felt that other bits of the course were taking place without my being allowed to participate - a feeling of alienation. An interesting course, but could be improved by having the course team/professor more immediately involved with the students.
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4 years, 7 months ago
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5 years, 7 months ago
Absolutely stunning course about one of the most enigmatic and interesting philosopher of the Modern period (and also one of the most tragically ignored in Philosophy programs). Kierkegaard's ideas, as this course teaches us, are incredibly relevant today as we find ourselves in a period of crisis. His thought can provide interesting insights for our 21st century lives. Dr. Jon Stewart proves that all people named Jon Stewart are cool (this is for all you "Daily Show" fans out there). He is an amazing lecturer who is capable of digesting complex ideas, but maintaining nuance and their inherent complexity intact. He put together a very well thought-out course, all the way to the challenging quizzes (they are not straightforward at all, but still doable) and a long, 2000-word final peer-reviewed assignment that contributes greatly to our learning. The organization of the topics is wonderful, starting with Kierkegaard's early days and e... Absolutely stunning course about one of the most enigmatic and interesting philosopher of the Modern period (and also one of the most tragically ignored in Philosophy programs). Kierkegaard's ideas, as this course teaches us, are incredibly relevant today as we find ourselves in a period of crisis. His thought can provide interesting insights for our 21st century lives. Dr. Jon Stewart proves that all people named Jon Stewart are cool (this is for all you "Daily Show" fans out there). He is an amazing lecturer who is capable of digesting complex ideas, but maintaining nuance and their inherent complexity intact. He put together a very well thought-out course, all the way to the challenging quizzes (they are not straightforward at all, but still doable) and a long, 2000-word final peer-reviewed assignment that contributes greatly to our learning. The organization of the topics is wonderful, starting with Kierkegaard's early days and ending with his death and his importance in the present. But most fun of all were two particularities of this course that I never found anywhere else, but greatly contributes to the feeling you get from this course: 1\. Every week there are short interviews with Kierkegaard experts from the whole World. This provides a complete picture to students, since it's not just an opinion by the lecturer, but rather a real overview of the entire field of research. 2\. The videos were taped all around Kierkegaard's Copenhagen - the streets he walked, the places where he lived, the gardens where he thought, the University where he studied. The stunning scenarios on the background add so much to the course and help your understanding tremendously. Aesthetically, the lectures are the BEST I've ever found. It's unbelievable Prof. Stewart and staff went to so much trouble and were so competent and considerate as to offer this course for free to us. If there's any justice in the World, I just hope future versions give him a very large audience of engaged students, which is probably the best "thank you" we can say. This is a 5-star course, and it will be a pleasure to promote it to everyone.
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8/10 starsCompleted
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5 years, 6 months ago
If you are a serious self-motivated student with a strong interest in SK then you will get a lot out of this course. But if your interest in SK is only casual I do not think this course will transform your view of SK. The course is a traditional set of lectures with a weekly question to ponder. The Professor was not present in the class and he only made 10 posts. However the TAs, who are Phd students, are available to answer questions. I watched all the videos and they are very well produced.
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5 years, 7 months ago
This was a remarkably well produced and beautiful course. It was almost as if you were watching a PBS documentary, but also given supplemental reading materials, and given quizzes on it afterward. The school and the teacher clearly realize that their course can stand through time as a product, not a slapdash video of a talking head. Superb, and I will be looking for more from the University of Copenhagen.
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5 years, 7 months ago
Beautiful, beautiful MOOC that deals with a very important thinker in contemporary philosophy. The production values and the attention to detail are staggering, and Professor Stewart is a passionate and downright inspiring lecturer, whose skill is what manages to illuminate the immensely difficult writings of Kierkegaard in a way that is coherent and compelling to the reasonable agnostic (SK was an intensely religious writer). The difficulty lies not with any of the materials or assignments, but with the texts themselves, which are incredibly complex and challenging, even for a reasonably intelligent person. Anyone with an interest in philosophy MUST take this course.
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