Knight of faith vs. Antichrist

May 5, 2010

A few years ago a friend of mine published a book — a good book — about Kierkegaard and Nietzsche.  He argued that, in interesting ways, Kierkegaard, though writing some decades before Nietzsche, nevertheless seems to have anticipated, and answered, many of the ideas which Nietzsche was later to set forth.

The picture above links to a site where, in a sense, that argument is illustrated.  Pitching quotations from the writings of these two great men against one another, they clash over self-esteem, fatalism, despair, death, freedom, faith, truth, and more.  Don’t let the 1990-vintage Html coding mislead you: this is an existential, bloody-knuckled battle for your soul.

Who triumphs in the end?  I hope that is obvious.

Happy birthday, Søren!

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