Existentialism: Shared experiences and Kierkegaard on anxiety

5 thoughts on “Existentialism: Shared experiences and Kierkegaard on anxiety”

  1. I loved this! As someone who suffers from anxiety, Kierkegaard’s interpretation of anxiety as being a phenomenological state of affairs resonates with me for some reason. Though I do disagree with Kierkegaard in that anxiety is purely phenomenological, there are biological correlates to be found (neurotransmitters etc.).

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    1. I’m glad you enjoyed it, and I agree – there are biological correlates to be found. However I think it is a mistake to reduce anxiety to these biological correlates, which we see happening quite frequently in some discourse.

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  2. Sartre talked of being ‘condemned to be free’, and this is certainly similar to Kierkegaard’s idea of anxiety, I think. Not only may anxiety come from the idea of who we will become, but also from the idea of who we won’t become. We must choose, yet we cannot choose everything and so we may also become anxious that we have chosen wrongly. As you said, we are anxious of change, and that is why anxiety is such a great part of human nature, because we cannot not change.

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  3. Outstanding. Thank you. You must also like William James? Kierkegaard is someone that I have counted on when I lost faith and fell into depression. Anxiety is the dizziness of freedom.

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