Existential Formation of Man's Essence According to Kierkegaard

Document Type : Research Paper



Analyzing the basic structure of man is generally the most important concern of existential thinkers and Kierkegaard in particular. Since the philosophy of Kierkegaard is not systematic and his works are disorganized it is difficult to understand his ideas about existential dimensions of man. So for offering a logical analysis of man's existential structure we have to contemplate deeply on his works, a task undertaken by this paper. According to his works man is constituted of five existential elements each of which is constitute of two parts: one part shows his concrete reality and his facticity aspect and the other reflects his numerous facilities, possibilities, and abilities. Man, by realizing them freely during his lifetime, will form and constitute his essence.


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