Soren Kierkegaard practiced philosophy in a new key. Since the time of Plato and Aristotle philosophers had constructed grand systems of thought, built up from observation, reason, and speculation. Kierkegaard, by contrast, stressed the existing individual and how he lives in the world day to day. Kierkegaard lived a short but passionate life and in his philosophy can be found all his personal struggles with belief, choice, love, and a search for meaning.

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