Transformative Events

There were three events that precipitated and/or profoundly conditioned the emergence of these two new phases of Kierkegaard's authorship: (1) his encounter with a local tabloid called The Corsair in 1846; (2) the Danish political revolution of 1848; and (3) the death of Bishop Mynster in 1854.

These events played an important role in the development of Kierkegaard's understanding of Christianity, the ecclesiastical-political establishment of the time, and his own personal life in relation to the common folk of Copenhagen, with whom he was accustomed to enjoy daily conversations on his habitual walks around town.73

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