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Danish philosophy

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Danish philosophy has a long tradition as part of Western philosophy.[1]

Perhaps the most influential Danish philosopher was Søren Kierkegaard, the creator of Christian existentialism, which inspired the philosophical movement of Existentialism. Kierkegaard had a few Danish followers, including Harald Høffding, who later in his life moved on to join the movement of positivism. Among Kierkegaard's other followers include Jean-Paul Sartre who was impressed with Kierkegaard's views on the individual, and Rollo May, who helped create humanistic psychology. Danish philosophy was also strongly influenced by French hermeneutics philosopher Paul Ricœur.[2]


  1. ^ Schanz, Hans-Jørgen (2006-11-01). "Steen Ebbesen and Carl Henrik Koch, The Danish History of Philosophy, 5 volumes, Gyldendal 2002-2004". Northern European Journal of Philosophy. 7 (2): 148–155. doi:10.1515/SATS.2006.148. ISSN 1869-7577.
  2. ^ Rendtorff, Jacob Dahl (2020-11-26). "Paul Ricœur and Danish Philosophy: Dissemination of Ricœur's Philosophy in the Philosophical Debate in Denmark, Ricœur's Influence on Particular Danish Philosophers and Themes of Discussion in Denmark". Danish Yearbook of Philosophy. 53 (1): 84–107. doi:10.1163/24689300-05301002. ISSN 0070-2749.