Volume 18, Issue 1, Spring 2013
Kierkegaard’s Construction of the Human Self
The purpose of this article is to analyze Kierkegaard’s philosophical views concerning the problem of the nature of the human self. With the help of a
close examination of Kierkegaard’s texts the Concept of Anxiety and the Sickness unto Death, we argue that Kierkegaard “constructs” the human self in a specific
way. this way reveals, through the examination by Kierkegaard of “anxiety” and “despair,” three main characteristics of the human self: a) the self is a dynamic
process, always “becoming” in time through free will and freedom of choice, b) the human self is always a historical self, so that history is then a direct product of
“becoming a self,” and c) the human self, in order to be “whole,” must freely ground itself in a transcendental being (God).