Theory & Philosophy Reading Group: Søren Kierkegaard

This month, we’re lucky to have local philosopher Robert Kuhry facilitate our Theory & Philosophy Reading Group session on Søren Kierkegaard’s Concept of Anxiety.

“For Kierkegaard, anxiety/dread/angst is unfocused fear. Kierkegaard uses the example of a man standing on the edge of a tall building or cliff. When the man looks over the edge, he experiences a focused fear of falling, but at the same time, the man feels a terrifying impulse to throw himself intentionally off the edge. That experience is anxiety or dread because of our complete freedom to choose to either throw oneself off or to stay put. The mere fact that one has the possibility and freedom to do something, even the most terrifying of possibilities, triggers immense feelings of dread. Kierkegaard called this our ‘dizziness of freedom’.” [1]

Friday Feb 28th, 7pm
Old Capitol Books
559 Tyler St., downtown Monterey

Text available for free here.