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Did C.S. Lewis read Soren Kierkegaard?

Did C.S. Lewis read Soren Kierkegaard?

Postby Victor Eremita » 31 Aug 2006, 12:50

I'm aware that some of Lewis' contemporaries and friends were influenced by Kierkegaard, like Charles Williams (the translator to English of Kierkegaard), W.H. Auden (who compiled The Living Thoughts of Kierkegaard), ... he must have been aware of Great Dane. But whether L read K is something I don't know.
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re: Did C.S. Lewis read Soren Kierkegaard?

Postby Leslie » 31 Aug 2006, 17:28

I think it quite likely that he did. He read almost everything imaginable, and his first job was as a philosophy tutor.
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re: Did C.S. Lewis read Soren Kierkegaard?

Postby Sven » 31 Aug 2006, 19:36

Welcome, Victor!

It appears he did, though I don't know of any definitive statement of such. From the end of a letter to a Cambridge University Professor of German, Eliza Marian Butler, dated 18 August 1940:

C. S. Lewis wrote:...
P. S. You are, no doubt, aware that they all tell us now that the key to Kafka is in Kierkegaarde.

C. S. Lewis Collected Letters, volume II


Hope this helps.

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re: Did C.S. Lewis read Soren Kierkegaard?

Postby Guest » 02 Sep 2006, 02:53

Yet he was not will to hear of Kierkegaard when first hearing of him by an enthusiatic friend, who also happened to mention Kierkegaard's spoiling of his engagement by portraying himself as an ogre.

"That's enough, the man was pathological," said C.S. Lewis.

"And he would hear no more," said his friend.

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re: Did C.S. Lewis read Soren Kierkegaard?

Postby Guest » 17 Sep 2006, 11:56

it's a shame these two great Christian thinkers didn't have dialogue.
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re: Did C.S. Lewis read Soren Kierkegaard?

Postby Leslie » 17 Sep 2006, 13:04

Dialogue would be tricky, since Kierkegaard died before Lewis was born. :wink:
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Lewis had read Kierkegaard.

Postby iamseeker39 » 27 Jan 2007, 20:50

The Joyful Christian p. 103 - "I can't read Kierkegaard myself, but some people find him helpful." (referring to spiritural reading)
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