Ego‐Protection in Kierkegaard

Charles K. Bellinger

in The Genealogy of Violence

Published in print May 2001 | ISBN: 9780195134988
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780199833986 | DOI:
Ego‐Protection in Kierkegaard

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Kierkegaard's psychological masterpiece, The Sickness unto Death, is summarized, focusing on his interpretation of despair and sin as not willing to become the mature self that one is called (by the Creator) to become. Friedrich Nietzsche is criticized as a proponent of despairing rebellion against the divine call. The psychological term ”ego‐protection” is one way of presenting Kierkegaard's understanding of the despair that leads ultimately to violence.

Keywords: despair; ego‐protection; Nietzsche; sin

Chapter.  7082 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Religion

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