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The Unfashionable Kierkegaard
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Introductory remarks on Drucker's essay
Drucker first came across Kierkegaard in 1928, during his apprenticeship in Hamburg. Through a reading of Kierkegaard's treatise Fear and Trembling, Drucker recalls that it first became clear to him that his life could not only take place in society, but further required an existential and spiritual dimension.
In a commentary on the reprinting of the text in his essay collection The Ecological Vision of 1993, Drucker remarked on the background to its origin: "The Unfashionable Kierkegaard was thus written as an affirmation of the existential, the spiritual, the individual dimension of the Creature. It was written to assert that society is not enough - not even for society. It was written to affirm hope."