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Soren Kierkegaard was born in Copenhagen in 1813 He was often noted as the Father of Existentialism but was not famous for most of his life After being accepted into the University of Copenhagen in 1830 Kierkegaard realized that his philosophical theories did not fit into the mold of that time Kierkegaard recounts in his Journal that he led a dissolute life in his early student days and that in doing so he was rebelling both against his dominating father and against GodDenise 172 Kierkegaards father Michael who was a very religious man led a extremely somber life and often suffered from depression as he feared for the salvation of his soul He taught Soren about Christianity but mainly focused on the crucifixion of Christ Kierkegaard once said concerning his fathers teachings Even as a small child I was told as solemnly as possible that everyone spat at Christ who indeed was the truth that the multitude those who passed by spat at him and said Shame on you I have kept this deep in my heart This thought is my life Rohde Although Soren inherited his fathers melancholy and depression stricken personality he was engaged to Regine Olson the daughter of a prominent government official in 1840 Although he had fallen in love with her four years before they were engaged it was an extremely short-lived interlude Kierkegaard said his melancholy lifestyle was to blame If I had not been a penitent if I had not had my vita ante acta if I had not had my depression --- marriage to her would have made me happier than I had ever dreamed of becoming But being the person I unfortunately am I must say that I could become happier in my unhappiness without her than with her --- she had touched me deeply and I willingly or even more than willingly would have done everything Rohde Kierkegaard was unable to break free from
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