• Review of Kierkegaard’s Journals and Notebooks, Volume 9: Journals NB26–NB30

    Subhasis Chattopadhyay (see profile)
    Christianity, Theology, Practical, Information theory--Philosophy, Religion--Philosophy, History
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    Augustinian, Existentialism, Mediocrity, Søren Kierkegaard
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    Niels Jørgen Cappelørn, Alastair Hannay, Bruce H Kirmmse, David D Possen, Joel D S Rasmussen, and Vanessa Rumble working with the Princeton University Press and the Søren Kierkegaard Research Center at the University of Copenhagen have produced this huge work with facsimiles etc. The review comments on Kierkegaard's shrewd observations which are applicable today in the New Media World of information skews in a COVID 19 world. Further; Kierkegaard's attack against mediocrity is commented on. This review finds Kierkegaard on St Augustine of Hippo as immature. It is another thing that Kierkegaard's observations and this reviewer's extrapolations from them are not yet part of the New Media Studies' mostly platitude-filled webinars. How long will we go on about Marshall McLuhan? At least let us now learn from that most sharp of ironists: that the Press will be the Press and its mostly about optics. One wonders still how, Kierkegaard misread so much Augustine? Well, no man is an island and Kierkegaard tried to be an anonymous Christian. An impossibility.
    COVID 19, as virologists tell us is here to stay. Not so sure of this online site. Therefore grateful to the Ramakrishna Mission for getting me the hardback from Princeton. Then publishing this. Allowing me to put St. Augustine's neglect by Kierkegaard in place. Prabuddha Bharata has not missed publication once from 1896 onwards and has the resources to keep this review when we are no more; am not so sure of other Journals. Shakespeare Survey died from financial issues. Let's not forget that.
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