Clare Carlisle

Dr. Clare Carlisle is a Reader in Philosophy and Theology at King’s College London. She is the author of multiple books on Kierkegaard, most recently the new biography Philosopher of the Heart: The Restless Life of Søren Kierkegaard (Penguin, 2019), one book on habit, and the first English translation of Félix Ravaisson’s De l’habitude. In addition to her scholarly work she has written numerous philosophical articles for a general audience, including series for The Guardian on Kierkegaard, Spinoza, Bertrand Russell, and the problem of evil.

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The best books on Søren Kierkegaard, recommended by Clare Carlisle

“It’s not surprising that he died at forty-two, because he burned himself out restlessly, relentlessly pursuing this question of how to be a human being.” Søren Kierkegaard’s latest biographer Clare Carlisle recommends five books for understanding the Danish philosopher’s life and work—and shows how his work often bears witness to the complex, fraught experience of being alive.

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