Questions for Kierkegaard, The Present Age

1. What does Kierkegaard think the individual is? What is society? What is their relationship?

2. Kierkegaard contrasts the "passionate age" and the "reflective age". How do these differ? Is it the same distinction as that between the "revolutionary age" and the "present age"?

3. What are the "unifying principles" of the passionate age and the reflective age? (51)

4. What is ressentiment? (53ff) What is the problem with it, in a reflective age?

5. What is "levelling"? What is the problem with it, in Kierkegaard's view?

6. What is The Public? What is The Press? How are they related to each other?

7. Kierkegaard defines a number of terms as "result of doing away with the vital distinction between X and Y". Identify which terms he defines this way. Is there a common thread among them?

8. Do you think that Kierkegaard's assessment of his present age applies to our age? How?