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Søren Kierkegaard was a philosopher born in 1813 in Copenhagen, Denmark. Having studied Latin, history, and theology, he was unhappy with the career paths for any of these pursuits.
Kierkegaard kept journals throughout much of his life, and would eventually be published. Some of his worked were published under pseudonyms. According to his own writings, these pseudonyms were used to prevent his writings from being categorised as a philosophical structure.
Much of his writing criticised the philosophy of Hegel, and Kierkegaard was particularly critical of systems of thought that were abstracted from the reality of everyday life. His philosophical work often reflects the content of his journals and the personal events of his life.
In 1846, Kierkegaard was attacked by The Corsair, a Danish satirical newspaper, after he criticised its journalistic quality. In that year, he published Concluding Unscientific Postscript to Philosophical Fragments, using one of his regular pseudonyms, and Two Ages: A Literary Review, under his own name.
He wrote through to his final years, though his late writing was primarily criticism of the Church of Denmark. Many of these pieces were published as newspaper articles and pamphlets. Kierkegaard died in 1855.
After his death, Kierkegaard continued to be an influential philosopher, and is often dubbed the father of existentialism. His 1843 books, Either/Or, Fear and Trembling, and Repetition, have all been widely translated and remain important philosophical texts.