Søren Kierkegaard

Name: Søren Kierkegaard

Birthdate: May 5, 1813

Death Date: November 11, 1855

Nationality: Danish

Profession: Philosopher, Theologian, and Writer

Notable Works:

  • Fear and Trembling
  • The Sickness Unto Death
  • Either/Or

Philosophical Contributions:

  1. Existentialism: Kierkegaard is considered the founding father of existentialism, a philosophy that focuses on individual existence, choice, and the subjective experience of life.
  2. Subjectivity: He emphasized the importance of subjective truth, asserting that personal beliefs and inwardness should play a pivotal role in one’s understanding of the world.
  3. Christianity: Kierkegaard explored Christian theology extensively and advocated for a more personal and passionate approach to faith rather than mere intellectual acceptance or adherence to religious institutions.
  4. Leap of Faith: He introduced the concept of the “leap of faith,” suggesting that belief in God requires a leap beyond rationality and a commitment to the unknown.
  5. Irony and Paradox: Kierkegaard employed irony and paradox as rhetorical tools to challenge conventional wisdom, societal norms, and philosophical complacency.


Kierkegaard’s philosophical ideas continue to shape and influence various fields, including philosophy, theology, psychology, and literature. His emphasis on individuality, subjectivity, and the complexities of human existence has made him a significant figure in the history of Western thought.