The Present Age: On the Death of Rebellion  -     By: Soren Kierkegaard
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The Present Age: On the Death of Rebellion

Harper Perennial / 2010 / Paperback

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 87
Vendor: Harper Perennial
Publication Date: 2010
Dimensions: 7.00 X 4.40 (inches)
ISBN: 0061990035
ISBN-13: 9780061990038

Publisher's Description

“By far the most profound thinker of the 19th century.”
— Ludwig Wittgenstein

 

The Present Age is the stunningly prescient essay on the rise of mass media—particularly advertising, marketing, and publicity—by the great philosopher Søren Kierkegaard, the “father of existentialism.” With an introduction from celebrated philosopher Walter Kaufmann—who  states “those who would know Kierkegaard can do no better than to begin with this book”—The Present Age is an ideal introduction to one of the greatest thinkers in the history of western philosophy.

Author Bio

Søren Kierkegaard (1813–1855) lived in Copenhagen, Denmark. His books include Works of Love and Spiritual Writings (translated and edited by George Pattison).

Editorial Reviews

“Those who would know Kierkegaard can do no better than to begin with this book. . . . In The Present Age we find the heart of Kierkagaard.”
The Present Age
shows just how original Kierkegaard was. He brilliantly foresaw the dangers of the lack of commitment and responsiblity in the Public Sphere. When everything is up for endless detached critical comment as on blogs and cable news, action finally becomes impossible.”
“The first important existentialist.”

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  1. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    Indeed, very insightful piece on modern society
    December 10, 2012
    Wenceslao Garcia
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    This short book discusses such interesting topics as society, the public, the individual, action and inaction. The book is indeed very prophetic: "in the end, therefore, money will be the one thing people will desire,..." Kierkegaard even discusses talkativeness!

    This book deserves a second read. It allows you to look at yourself as if from the perspective of one who is not living in modern society. Insightful and relevant.
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