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In the world of the existentialist there are many questions that need answering Why do we exist What is right and what is wrong Who decides what is right and what is wrong Throughout his life existentialist Soren Kierkegaard tried to answer these and many other perplexing questions Kierkegaard was a devout Christian who felt that it should be the goal of all humans to become a Christian just as he had Human life in general does not really concern the existentialist however the choices that the human makes throughout their life do The primary goal of the existentialist writer is to make all humans aware that they are living individuals who in their freedom make decisions and are responsible for them Oaklander 3 Numerous themes abound in the existentialists world that they deal with and discuss in their writings Examples would be primacy of the individual critique of reason inauthentic vs authentic the boundary situation alienation encounter with nothingness dread community freedom and commitmentIn his works Soren Kierkegaard attempted to answer the question of what exactly the goal of the human person was His primary question was one of a religious nature He believed that it was the goal of all persons to become close with God accept him and become a Christian Kierkegaards writings enable the individual to come to grips with his or her own subjectivity Oaklander 2Kierkegaard was one of the first existential thinkers to believe that truth is found only in ones own individual not in psychological experience science philosophy or the sciences of the world These things are just objects with no truth value Oaklander 2In his book Fear and Trembling Kierkegaard deals with three of the eight afore mentioned themes of existentialism He discusses the inauthentic versus the authentic and alienation The primary focus of the text is the story of Abraham and Isaac The story is also Kierkegaards explanation of why he called off his engagement to
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