Søren A. Kierkegaard

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Søren Aabye Kierkegaard - Final Resting Place in Copenhagen 
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Søren A. Kierkegaard
Final Resting Place in Copenhagen
Søren Aabye Kierkegaard (SAK)
(5 May 1813 to 11 November 1855)

On November 18 - 1855 - the Danish religious philosopher Søren Kierkegaard's funeral was held at The Cathedral of Our Lady with the following burial at Assistens Cemetery.

On October 2 - 1855 - Søren Kierkegaard fell down in the street near his home and was taken into Frederik's Hospital. According to the latest analysis of his hospital records - Søren Kierkegaard suffered from progressive spinal paralysis (acute ascending polyradiculitis).

On November 11 - 1855 - Søren Kierkegaard died in a wing of this hospital - and on the wall a memorial plaque was set up to honour him and perpetuate his legacy.
 
Copenhagen Cathedral
 
The family grave in the Assistens cemetery in Copenhagen. On the lower half of the left hand stone are the words of Søren Aabye Kierkegaard. Below this - on his own instructions -is the verse of a hymn by H.A. Brorson.
 
Drawing from 1845 of Søren Aabye Kierkegaard
 
A sign at the Cemetery will guide you directly to the grave.
 
Visiting Søren Kierkegaard's grave
It takes only 14 min. by bus 5A from the Town Hall Square to Assistens Cemetery in Copenhagen.
 
Brief Biography about Søren Aabye Kierkegaard
 
 
Drawing done around 1840 of Søren Kierkegaard.
A Danish philosopher and religious thinker
Søren Kierkegaard is a Danish philosopher and religious thinker - who wrote literary and philosophical essays that reacted against Hegelian philosophy (George Friedrich Hegel) - and the state church of Denmark - setting the stage for modern existentialism. Kierkegaard was born in Copenhagen - and the youngest of seven children.

He spent his formative years under the influence of his melancholic and devoutly religious father - whose teachings stressed the suffering of Christ.

Søren Kierkegaard went to study philosophy and theology at the University of Copenhagen - where his personal despair grew - leading him to the therapeutic decision to become a cleric - and marry his fiancée Regine Olsen - the daughter of a treasury official.

 
The founder of existentialist philosophy
Shortly after completing his doctoral dissertation - the Concept of Irony (1841) - he broke the engagement - with Regine Olsen - partly for the fear that he and his fiancée might lack common philosophic interests - but he gave the impression of acting out of a brutal and indifferent selfishness in order to make the breach definitive. Thereafter he embarked on a life of seclusion - and a writer's career that produced a constant flow of books over the next ten years with at least twelve major philosophical essays.


Søren Kierkegaard is considered to be the founder of existentialist philosophy.
 
One will find numerous literatures in any library in different languages of Søren Aabye Kierkegaard (SAK) - and of this exceptional Dane.
 
 
To be continued!

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