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Soren Aaby Kierkegaard

1813-1855. Danish philosopher. Born in Copenhagen, son of a wealthy Lutheran who retired early to devote his life to piety, Soren's melancholy disposition, inherited from his father, may have influenced his highly individual and introspective writing. Attempts have been made to explain his thought in psychological terms. He took ten years to take his degree; his engagement was broken off and he never married; he prepared for ordination in the Danish Lutheran Church, but was never ordained.