Søren Kierkegaard

Educating for Authenticity

  • Søren Harnow Klausen

Part of the SpringerBriefs in Education book series (BRIEFSEDUCAT)

Also part of the SpringerBriefs on Key Thinkers in Education book sub series (BRIEFSKEY)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-v
  2. Søren Harnow Klausen
    Pages 1-20
  3. Søren Harnow Klausen
    Pages 21-38
  4. Søren Harnow Klausen
    Pages 39-53
  5. Søren Harnow Klausen
    Pages 55-65
  6. Søren Harnow Klausen
    Pages 67-75
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 77-79

About this book


This book is a succinct guide to Søren Kierkegaard’s contribution to educational thought. Kierkegaard is not usually known as an educational thinker, but the book shows how his key notions and ideas are nevertheless highly relevant to educational theory and practice. It places them within the context of Kierkegaard’s philosophy and the philosophy of his time, while also exploring their significance to issues of contemporary concern, like the question of how far education should aim at fostering useful skills or support more ambitious goals. The central topics are Kierkegaard’s diagnosis of the limitations of objective knowledge and his corresponding emphasis on know-how, personal appropriation and subjective attitude; his analysis of more or less successful forms of self-realization; his ideas about fostering personal development through “indirect communication” and dialogue; and the elements, strengths and shortcomings of the ideal of self-cultivation (German Bildung). 


existential philosophy authenticity teaching as facillitating personal development teaching without compromising individual autonomy indirect communication ideal of self-cultivation self-agency self-efficacy Bildung Søren Kierkegaard Kierkegaard philosophy limitations of objective knowledge self-realization in education

Authors and affiliations

  • Søren Harnow Klausen
    • 1
  1. 1.Department for the Study of CultureUniversity of Southern Denmark Odense MDenmark

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Author(s) 2018
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Education Education (R0)
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-73185-8
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-73186-5
  • Series Print ISSN 2211-1921
  • Series Online ISSN 2211-193X
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