Dostoevsky, Kierkegaard, Nietzsche & Kafka by William Hubben – How four of Europe’s most mysterious and fascinating writers shaped the modern mind. Buy Dostoevsky, Kierkegaard, Nietzsche & Kafka New Ed by William Hubben ( ISBN: ) from Amazon’s Book Store. Everyday low prices and free . Buy Dostoevsky, Kierkegaard, Nietzsche, and Kafka: Four prophets of our destiny by William Hubben (ISBN:) from Amazon’s Book Store. Everyday low prices.

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My library Help Advanced Book Search. Hubbard compares and contrasts these writers with more of a Christian theological leaning. Oct 10, Alex rated it it was ok. Not all of these men were Christian and certainly none of them were good moral examples in all their deeds, but their keen insight into the human condition and astute observations make them worth reading. Dostoevsky, Kierkegaard, Nietzsche, and Kafka were all outsiders in their societies, unable to fit into the accepted nineteenth-century categories of theology, philosophy, or belles lettres.

People are in a system, and can’t question.

This had punch and didn’t take a sad lifetime’s worth of pages to deliver the message. If you don’t know much about Dostoevsky, Kierkegaard, Nietzsche, and Kafka, and don’t mind getting a little depressed, this book will give you a grasp and make you feel more intelligent!

It’s not just about going to church, hearing a sermon, and living daily life. The bureaucracy that is described in Kafka’s work is really the consequence of a society devoid of any passion or spiritual force. Just mention Nietzsche or Dostoevsky at the dinner table, and see how people react. My takeaway from this little book was that Kierkegaard was a protestant religious fanatic who criticized the hypocrisy of the Church, Dostoyevsky seemed to have been struggling with his Faith and also criticized the Church, Nietzsche was an atheist who did not believe in morals, and Kafka- well, God is just totally absent from Kafka’s works, a fact which the author of this book seems to criticize.


Man is like a child who was security and food, and does not want to kierkegaaed out and find truth for himself. I really enjoyed how Hubben wove their lives together and demonstrated that many of the things which we complain about today were seen well before they came to pass by four very different men living in different parts of the world, and yet observing the same condition in man.

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Dostoevsky, Kierkegaard, Nietzsche, and Kafka Four Prophets of Our Destiny

And this kept Christians from exploring their own spirituality, and understanding that being a Christian is an ongoing process. Dostoevsky mourned the loss of human dignity that came with the Utilitarianism and Rationalism that was starting to gain jierkegaard. You probably won’t find the answer in Wikipedia, so you’ll have to find another resource. This book was a difficult read.

I can relate to this book as part of family belongs to the church, and there is a contradiction that I’ve noticed ane the years of people who belong to the church but are not humble.

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In this way Kierketaard saw that spirituality was on the decline. The author claims that the common thread between these four writers is that they predicted the coming chaos of WWII, fascism in Germany and communism in Russia and China, but it does not make a clear and intelligible case for it. Instead, they saw themselves both as the end products of a dying civilization and as prophets of the coming chaos of the twentieth century.


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Dostoevsky, Kierkegaard, Nietzsche and Kafka by William Hubben

I blame my confusion on the lack of clarity of this book. Eric Lawson Marson Snippet view – It was a difficult read, and the section on Nietzsche is one I have to revisit. Unlike the objective analysis in Russell’s ‘A history of western philosophy’, the writing style was more close to John Cottingham’s ‘The rationalists’ part of OPUS’s western philosophy series.

Account Options Sign in. Kierkegaard regarded it as the beginning of spiritual insight; Dostoevsky saw in it the key to understanding others; Nietzche felt it was an obstacle to be overcome.

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An interesting little book examining the intersections and disconnects in the existentialist themes expounded upon by the four mentioned authors; Kierkegaard’s emphasis on the Single One and Nietzsche’s disdain of the all-too-many; Dostoevsky’s belief that one must lower themselves in humility before Christ dosfoevsky all men, and his shared belief with Nietzsche that their native kierksgaard will rise to guide the world into a utopic future. Instead, they saw themselves both as the end products of a dying civilization and as prophets of the.

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