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Works of Love

Søren Kierkegaard (HarperCollins Publishers: March 2009), 400 pages.

One of Soren Kierkegaard’s most important writings, Works of Love is a profound examination of the human heart, in which the great philosopher conducts the reader into the inmost secrets of Love. "Deep within every man," Kierkegaard writes, "there lies the dread of being alone in the world, forgotten by God, overlooked among the household of millions upon millions." Love, for Kierkegaard, is one of the central aspects of existence; it saves us from isolation and unites us with one another and with God. This new edition of Works of Love features an original foreword by Kierkegaard scholar George Pattison. ~ Product Description

Table of Contents

    • Historical Introduction
    • Love’s Hidden Life and Its Recognition by Its Fruits    5
    • You Shall Love    17
    • You Shall Love the Neighbor    44
    • You Shall Love the Neighbor    61
    • Romans 13:10. Love Is the Fulfilling of the Law    91
    • Love Is a Matter of Conscience    135
    • Our Duty to Love the People We See    154
    • Our Duty to Remain in Love’s Debt to One Another    175
    • Love Builds Up    209
    • Love Believes All Things – and Yet Is Never Deceived    225
    • Love Hopes All Things – and Yet Is Never Put to Shame    246
    • Love Does Not Seek Its Own    264
    • Love Hides a Multitude of Sins    280
    • Love Abides    300
    • Mercifulness, a Work of Love Even If It Can Give Nothing and Is Able to Do Nothing    315
    • The Victory of the Conciliatory Spirit in Love, Which Wins the One Overcome    331
    • The Work of Love in Recollecting One Who Is Dead    345
    • The Work of Love in Praising Love    359
    • Conclusion    375
    • Supplement    387
    • Key to References    388
    • Original Title Pages of Works of Love, First and Second Series    390
    • Selected Entries from Kierkegaard’s Journals and Papers Pertaining to Works of Love    395
    • Editorial Appendix    489
    • Acknowledgments    491
    • Collation of Works of Love in the Danish Editions of Kierkegaard’s Collected Works    493
    • Notes    499
    • Bibliographical Note    529
    • Index    531