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  • The Hong Kierkegaard Library: A Research Collection at St. Olaf College

    The Howard V. and Edna H. Hong Kierkegaard Library, located on the campus of St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minnesota, houses the largest collection of works by and about Søren Kierkegaard outside of Denmark. The collection consists of approximately 11,000 volumes, which include multiple editions and translations of Kierkegaard’s works,…

  • The Norse Concept of Luck

    The fickleness of luck is a standing motif in our culture. For many, luck is defined by unpredictability more than anything else. In Norse culture, the case is quite the opposite in that luck had nothing to do with what we would refer to as coincidence or chance. On the contrary, luck was a quality inherent in the man and his lineage, a part of…

  • Disillusioned Conservative: The Evolution of Gabriel Scott’s Political Views

    Gabriel Scott’s relationship to the Third Reich has been noted but never explored. In Nazismen og norsk litteratur, Bjarte Birkeland observed that numerous Norwegians of Scott’s generation expressed varying degrees of admiration for Germany during the 1930s while others, chiefly on the political Left, found the Hitlerite régime abhorrent…

  • P.O. Enquist, Postmodernism, and the Defense of the Enlightenment

    The Enlightenment has become a vexed point of controversy in the postmodern era. In Dialektik der Aufklärung (1944), Max Horkheimer and Theodor Adorno argue that the universalisms and instrumental reason of the Enlightenment lead to the inhumanity of Auschwitz. Jean-François Lyotard similarly blames Enlightenment thinking for “the…

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