A Comparative Analysis on Immanuel Kant's and Soren Abaye Kierkegaard's Theories of Human Nature Open Access

Perrier, Raymond Everett (2012)

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The theory of human nature that is represented by Soren Abaye Kierkegaard's pseudonym Anti-Climacus in the book Sickness unto Death, has rarely been compared with the works of the late Enlightenment thinker Immanuel Kant. This project will fill that gap through three essays comparing Kant's and Anti-Climacus's perspectives on the conditions that create a human self, the proper pursuit of metaphysics, and the practical need for morality. My hope is that these comparative analyses will imply a reading of Kierkegaard's theory of human nature, found in the Sickness unto Death, which is comparable and even dependent on the Kantian tradition of thinking. In light of this reading of Kierkegaard's Sickness unto Death, the relationship between Kant and Kierkegaard will be cast in a positive light, which will suggest that Kierkegaard is only properly understood when his positive relationship with Kant is recognized.

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Introduction - Pg. 1-3

Essay I - pg. 3-21

Essay II - pg. 21-41

Essay III - pg. 41-63

Bibliography - pg. 63-64

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