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Unpublished Paper
Søren Kierkegaard's Existentialism in Education: A Context of Choice and Authentic Relationship
(2018)
  • Samuel J. Smith
Abstract
Though known primarily as a Christian theologian, philosopher, and apologist, Søren Kierkegaard (1813-1855) has also greatly influenced the field of education through his existential notions of subjective knowledge, student choice, and an emphasis on the individual as thinker and believer.  At first, educators may find it a challenge to understand the complexities of his writings, but once they take the “leap,” they may discover that his approach to learning serves to inspire their practice.  They may not be familiar with his name, but educators will recognize Kierkegaard’s ideas as having influenced educational theory and practice throughout the past century.  A fresh examination of his theories may bring new life into a dead classroom just as he sought to bring new life into the nineteenth-century church.
Keywords
  • Kierkegaard,
  • existentialism,
  • learning theory,
  • student choice,
  • authentic self
Publication Date
2018
Citation Information
Samuel J. Smith. "Søren Kierkegaard's Existentialism in Education: A Context of Choice and Authentic Relationship" (2018)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/samuel_smith/99/