During the summer of 2017, Professor Gordon Marino conducted St. Olaf Collaborative Undergraduate Research and Inquiry (CURI) with two St. Olaf students, Linden Smith and Anabel Kapelke. As noted on its website, CURI “provides opportunities for current St. Olaf students from all academic disciplines to gain an in-depth understanding of a particular subject through working closely with a St. Olaf faculty member in a research framework. The program’s goal is to promote and facilitate undergraduate research in all its forms by supporting students and faculty with various research opportunities during both the summer and the academic year, and by providing funding for students to present the results of their research at conferences or in other appropriate venues.” This summer, Professor Marino and his students sought to answer the following:
Kierkegaard in the Present Age
We live in an age in which anxiety and depression seem pandemic. Kierkegaard was a depth psychologist of the first order who grappled with and wrote extensively about these inner demons. What was his understanding of anxiety and depression? How might his understanding speak to current views about anxiety and depression? Might Kierkegaard be a resource for resuscitating the age-old distinction between psychological and spiritual disorders?