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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. In this course created by former associate professor at the Søren Kierkegaard Research Centre, Jon Stewart, we will explore how Kierkegaard deals with the problems associated with relativism, the lack of meaning and the undermining of religious faith that are typical of modern life. His penetrating analyses are still highly relevant today and have been seen as insightful for the leading figures of Existentialism, Post-Structuralism and Post-Modernism....

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Jul 2, 2018

An excellent course on Kierkegaard's use of irony. The teacher is great and the lectures are very interesting. I loved the interviews and the views of Copenhagen. Thanks a lot. Greetings from Madrid!


Aug 29, 2016

Really worthwhile and informative, in-depth review of Kierkegaard as a person, his life, and his works. Can be taken even if you've never touched philosophy before. Great production and selections.

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By Michael V

Dec 27, 2015

Excellent overview of Kierkegaard. Kierkegaard's own writing, approached on its own, can be nigh-impenetrable but the lectures really help in figuring out how to approach Kierkegaard's writing.

By James C

Dec 21, 2015

The "how this is meaningful to you" message felt a little odd and sometimes a little insulting. Still, a very special thanks to Dr. Stewart and anyone else responsible for sharing this material.

By Márcio M R

Jan 13, 2019

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Søren Kierkegaard - Subjetividade, Ironia e a Crise da Modernidade

Universidade de Copenhagen

Quero deixar aqui registrado meu profundo agradecimento por mais este excelente trabalho desenvolvido pela Universidade de Copenhagen, ministrado, com muita profundidade, pelo professor Jon Stewart, ex-professor associado do Centro de Pesquisas Søren Kierkegaard e recomendado pelo chefe de Estudos da Faculdade de Teologia da Universidade de Copenhagen, Carsten Selch Jensen. Agradeço à toda equipe do Coursera por mais um curso de extrema relevância para o atual cenário educacional brasileiro. Estou muito satisfeito com esta nova oportunidade de ampliação deste ecossistema de aprendizagem, promovendo novas possibilidades de conexão com os excelentes conteúdos da Universidade de Copenhagen.

Muito obrigado pela valiosa oportunidade!

Forte Abraço!

Márcio Monteiro Rocha

By GiGi H

Aug 30, 2016

Really worthwhile and informative, in-depth review of Kierkegaard as a person, his life, and his works. Can be taken even if you've never touched philosophy before. Great production and selections.

By Luis P G

Aug 8, 2016

Excelente curso. A excelência manifesta-se tanto nos conteúdos, como na forma. O pensamento de Kierkegaard é muito importante para compreender a atualidade filosófica e a cultura do século XXI.

By Shem

Nov 14, 2019



By steven d c

Apr 28, 2020

This course was the perfect opening into my next endeavor of understanding polemics. I was interested in Jay Gould's view of the Non overlapping Magisteria, and I see now that science, philosophy and religion all have the same contradictions and misunderstandings which are all open up the static thinkers and sophists to challenge our faith, reason, and logic. Kierkegaard's conceptual framework of mediating techniques by autonomous individual personalities, rising up out of the fray, in contrast to dogmatic, conventual and doctrinal followers such as the sophists and materialists. These courageous believers like Jay Gould are not the first to understand the progressive flow of meanings and values when we rely on our personal experience rather adopting the abstracts ideas of others.

By Juan M

Sep 20, 2020

The course provides a well-documented guide to Kierkegaard's thought, both by the professor's video, and the lists of readings.

About the videos, they are well-built, the explanations are easy to follow, and it is quite a remarkable thing that the professor moves through Kierkegaard's city as he explains it all, showing us the places in which the history that is being told takes place.

About the readings, it would be easy to just enumerate the main books and order the student to read them all, but, in the course, the professor selects specific extracts important to a basic understanding of Kierkegaard's influences, thought, and vital trajectory. The list of readings is carefully planned.

My congratulations to professor Jon Stewart and his team, and my sincere gratitude.

By Ethan F

Jun 23, 2020

This was my first online course but it was exceptional. Jon Stewart really made the most of the medium: you aren't stuck in a lecture hall, you are on a tour of Copenhagen, observing where Kierkegaard spent his life.

The content of the course itself was amazing and has enriched both my academic appreciation of Kierkegaard and my understanding of truth in my day to day life. Could not recommend more!

By Antonia T B

Jul 3, 2018

An excellent course on Kierkegaard's use of irony. The teacher is great and the lectures are very interesting. I loved the interviews and the views of Copenhagen. Thanks a lot. Greetings from Madrid!

By Martin J

Nov 26, 2016

I found the course quite interesting overall and it is delivered by an excellent professor. It's a perfect introduction to Soren Kierkegaard's ideas and life. On the (slightly) negative side, sometimes I felt there was too much emphasis on the biographical details with a very light discussion of the philosophical concepts. However, I don't want to misled anyone with this: the course is very enjoyable. I would definitely recommend it to anyone interested in Kierkegaard's philosophy.

By Vitaly K

Jun 1, 2019

If the course content is still interesting and informative, then no one evaluates the final essay for weeks, and there is also no direct contact with the course supervisor (Dr. Timothy Hall).

It is also necessary to take into account the fact of non-objective assessment of the essay.

So keep in mind that you most likely will not be able to complete the course and receive your certificate in time. I recommend the course exclusively for free familiarization.

By farinaz s

Feb 12, 2024

Embarking on this enlightening journey, I found myself captivated by the intricate transformation and evolution of human thought. This course served as a beacon, illuminating the profound influence of religion, particularly Christianity, on the tapestry of Western philosophical thought. Armed with my existing knowledge of Eastern mysticism and Islamic philosophy, I was struck by the remarkable parallels that emerged. It became evident that despite our diverse paths, we humans are united in our quest for the divine - God, the ultimate teacher and lover of mankind. The disparities in our expressions are merely superficial, overshadowed by the profound unity in our meanings and concepts. I came to understand that the pursuit of divine knowledge has been an enduring quest for humanity. The philosophical accomplishments of today are the fruits of a journey embarked upon centuries ago. Among the philosophers, Kierkegaard, a devout monotheist, resonated deeply with me. My faith, Islam, translates to 'submission to God', a sentiment I found echoed powerfully in Kierkegaard's teachings. Rather than feeling a divide, I found in him a kindred spirit, a model for divine love, resilience, and the transcendence of earthly desires. I have paid my respects at his resting place and yearn for the opportunity to do so again. I extend my heartfelt gratitude to Coursera for offering this enlightening course, and to the University of Copenhagen for hosting it. John Stewart's teachings were nothing short of fantastic, and I eagerly anticipate the opportunity to learn from him again.

By Robert R

Jul 10, 2020

The course material was very well organized and the book that went with the course was excellent. In this course I gained a deeper appreciation of the life and teachings of Kierkegaard, Socrates, and the role of irony in their life and teachings. Rarely do I encounter an author or religious teacher that I know I will be studying for the rest of my life, but Kierkegaard is one such author. I cannot claim to grasp everything at this time (perhaps never will) but I do feel a sense of anticipation in the discovery of new insights as I pursue his writings in greater depth on my own. I hope to try to learn his technique and apply it in my own life, but have no idea if this is really possible. Thank you for creating this course.

By Stefanie N

Apr 5, 2024

I am delighted by this course. What a great opportunity and honor to learn from Jon Stewart, an expert on Kierkegaard, while he was a professor at the University of Copenhagen - where Kierkegaard himself went to university. Jon Stewart has an unmatched didactic, making it interesting to know every detail about Kierkegaard’s The Concept Of Irony and the influence of Socrates on this philosopher. This course sparked a bigger interest in Philosophy to the point that I will certainly proceed with my studies in Philosophy. Also, the videos are set in Copenhagen and it was a joy to see the places Kierkegaard lived, visited, and studied while learning about his ideas. Thank you, Jon Stewart!

By Nikita S

Jun 22, 2020

I would like to thank everyone who has hand one's hand in this course for very attractive, lively and interesting material. I believe, this has been a great deal of luck for me to finally find this course, as I have finally found some material which would examine the Kierkegaardian thought in all its colours and shades. I am sure this shall not be an allegory to say that I have obtained some new insights on the questions regarding subjectivity, relativism and their place in modernity of any age. And of course, those insights, I suppose, would be much helpful should I take further examination of matters like mentioned before

By Eleni K

Jan 31, 2021

Очень счастлива участвовать на данном курсе! Автор программы понятно и интересно излагает материал, с любовью к философу Сёрену Кьеркегору и массой источникой, литературы по теме. Особенно сами труды Кьеркегора, Сократа и Гегеля, но и ведущего Jon Stewart касательно. Удивляет единство слова и дела, то что преподаём, являемся сами примером того на деле, ведь истинная философия- это в первую очередь сама жизнь философа. Считаю себя крайне везучей, что впереди ещё недель 6 сидеть на этом курсе! Спасибо Coursera за радость знаний и за удачных таких сотрудников! Искренне ваша, Элени Томасовна К.

By Matthew O

Dec 30, 2019

While there were times in the video presentations that resulted in awkward long pauses, or unnecessary introductions with no speaking, the course itself was captivating. I took the class more on a whim than a legitimate interest, but I discovered so much about Kierkegaard and his writing that interested me. As the "godfather" of existentialism, it's important to know where the philosophers I'm interested in started from, who inspired them, and who inspired a lot of the questions and perspectives that informed their own writings. I would gladly recommend this course to anyone.

By Renee K

Aug 22, 2021

Hello, I love to thank Professor Jon Stewart and the editors of this course for creating and bringing forth such an Interesting course on Soren Kierkegaard. I enjoyed learning on how Soren Kierkegaard went on learning and growing through his journey by being inspired by a Socratic Philosopher named Socrates and his journey in influencing others to know and have a growing interest in philosophy with the side of knowing the negative and positive view of life. I would very much recommend this course to anyone interested in philosophy and learning more on Soren Kierkegaard.

By Azmi K

Sep 27, 2019

Excellent course on philosophy. Prof Stewart's effort to portray Kierkegaard with his life, his works, his ties with the Socratic method was outstanding. This was an exceptional chance to get acquainted with Denmark's Golden Age, Kierkegaard and his philosophical teachings. The course triggered me to reassess today's complex issues with a freshened view on modernity, subjectivism and the concept of "irony". Future attenders should be aware that the final essay is, though very beneficial, time consuming to prepare. Kudos to Prof Stewart and his staff.

By Jim B

Dec 22, 2022

Professor Stewart takes us on a wonderful journey through Kierkegaard's thought life. He is an excellent lecturer and his course structure and delivery is one of the best I've experienced on Coursera. The required readings for the course thoroughly round out a solid study of Kierkegaard. Highly recommend Dr. Stewart's accompanying book titled the same as this course. The video transcripts aren't always perfectly accurate but the book consists of essentially all of the course lectures and has been great to refer back to.

By David B

Oct 22, 2017

Absolutely terrific course, the best one I've taken on Coursera. Prof. Stewart is a top-notch lecturer and each lecture occurs in a different location that was significant to the topic. The provided materials were extremely useful and the discussion questions and quizzes helpful in bringing out what we learned. While it is not required in any way, I would highly recommend purchasing Prof. Stewart's companion book, which really helped me learn the material. I would recommend this course without reservation.

By Jhoan S D G

Jan 13, 2019

It's a great course on Kierkegaard. He really is very guiding about the importance of this thinker, as the father of contemporary existentialism, his rescue of Socrates, his struggle against the Danish church, his incursion into individualism without neglecting social conditions. In addition, Jon Stewart is well known within the interpretive field of Kierkegaard. It is worth taking the course. The exams are a bit lax, but the final paper proposes an interesting topic, which broadens the discussion.

By Michelle B

May 8, 2017

I found that entering into Kierkegaard's thought and writing, which can be difficult, was made much easier and relevant to our times by approaching it through Kierkegaard's understanding of Socrates. The video lectures by Professor Stewart were very, very helpful. They were mostly just "talking head" videos in settings in Copenhagen where Kierkegaard himself had lived and worked. I appreciated that they contained no cute animations or otherwise distracting content.

By Flor d M V

Mar 8, 2018

I truly enjoyed this course. I learned much more about irony and how Socrates' use of it was interpreted by Kierkegaard. It was good to learn about his contemporaries & his opinion of them as well. Really enjoyed the speakers and the settings the lectures were given in. Furthermore, the guest lecturers were also insightful and erudite. The course was presented in a way that allowed you to reflect on how Kierkegaard's works and ideas still impact society today.