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  • Published: 27 October 2008
  • ISBN: 9780141036656
  • Imprint: Penguin Classics
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 176
  • RRP: $9.99
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The Sickness Unto Death


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Influencing philosophers such as Sartre and Camus, and still strikingly modern in its psychological insights, Kierkegaard’s The Sickness Unto Death explores the concept of ‘despair’ as a symptom of the human condition and describes man’s struggle to fill the spiritual void.
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  • Pub date: 27 October 2008
  • ISBN: 9780141036656
  • Imprint: Penguin Classics
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 176
  • RRP: $9.99

About the Author

Soren Kierkegaard

Danish-born Søren Aabye Kierkegaard (1813-55) wrote on a wide variety of themes, including religion, psychology, and literature. He is remembered for his philosophy, which was influential in the development of 20th century existentialism. Alastair Hannay is Professor of Philosophy at the University of Oslo. He is co-editor of the Cambridge Companion to Kierkegaard and has translated Kierkegaard's Fear and Trembling, The Sickness unto Death, Either/Or, and Papers and Journals for Penguin Classics.

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