The Hegel - Kierkegaard Correspondence
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The author presents a hypothetical correspondence between the two 19th century philosophers, based on actual quotations, in order to point out and explore the tension between a final systematic philosophical statement, epitomized in Hegel, and the seeming impossible status of such a system, epitomized in the polemic of Kierkegaard. There exists a tension in the history of philosophical development between bold final statements and complete abandonment of any final objective truth; between the systematizers and the fragmentary thinkers. Hegel and Kierkegaard represent two of the purest advocates of what the author believes to be the single most important issue in philosophy and the answer determines the proper form and ultimate goals of philosophy.