shatterrealm said: I love Kierkegaard and want to become more familiar with his ideas. The problem is that you need a lot of context to grasp these things. So if you can find quotes that work great out of context, that would be awesome.
Quotes that work out of context would very likely be too reductive due to the nature of Kierkegaard’s writings, but at the same time, I do think certain themes can be gathered based on what has been posted. There’s a book by Steven Evans called Kierkegaard: An Introduction that would be a good general overview of his works. It’s a fairly quick and straight forward read.
I will offer a few general concepts that Kierkegaard focuses on. 1. An emphasis on subjectivity rather than objectivity. 2. An emphasis on the individual. Kierkegaard is often thought of as one of the first existentialists. 3. A very rigorous approach to Christianity and Christian practice which he expresses brilliantly and polemically in his later texts in the last years of his life. (Practice in Christianity, Attack Upon Christendom).
Kierkegaard is one of the most complex thinkers of the 19th century, and his authorial style is unique and dynamic, but ultimately adds to the difficulty in interpreting his work.