Kierkegaard's Three Stages of Life Analytical Essay by Top Papers

Kierkegaard's Three Stages of Life
An analysis of the three stages of existence in Kierkegaard's work "The Stages of Life".
# 142512 | 1,250 words | 5 sources | MLA | 2008 | US
Published on Dec 01, 2008 in Philosophy (General)

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This paper approaches these three stages of existence as not developmental steps; but as states of essence. The paper explains that the first stage is defined as man's most basic, inward state of being in which man functions only to serve his own self-interested needs; the second stage is described as man realizing his quest of self-gratification is leading him into a existence of trite and meaninglessness, which prompts man to reject impurities and repent; while the final stage is described as being the paradoxical state of being in which man is engaged in the highest and most fullfilling state of being; however, he is unable to describe it either with ration, objective thought or logic.

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"Soren Kierkegaard's "Stages of Life" is not meant to be viewed as a road map for the progression of a human being through the natural course of development. Rather, it is to be examined as a manuscript detailing the levels of human existence. Kierkegaard belonged to a school of thought defined as "Existentialism". Existentialism focused on man's relationship to self and to God. Existentialists view man as an essence rather than existing. Furthermore, Existential thought believed that man's essence had to develop across..."

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