Swenson, David F. (David Ferdinand), 1876-1940Variant names
David F. Swenson, war born in Kristinehamn, Sweden, graduated from the University of Minnesota in 1898, began teaching in the Philosophy Dept in 1901, and became chairman of the department in 1936. He was an authority on the life and writings of Soren Kierkegaard, and spent much of his professional life translating Kierkegaard's work into English.
From the description of David F. Swenson papers, 1912-1978. (University of Minnesota, Minneapolis). WorldCat record id: 63291907
David Ferdinand Swenson was born in Kristinehamn, Sweden, in 1876. He came to the United States at the age of six. He was educated in the Minneapolis Public Schools and attended the University of Minnesota, graduating in 1898. He was an instructor in the Department of Philosophy from 1901 to 1906, Assistant Professor from 1906 to 1913, Associate Professor from 1913 to 1917, and Professor from 1917 to 1940. In 1936 he was appointed chairman of the Department of Philosophy upon the retirement of Norman Wilde.
Swenson was an authority on the life and writings of the Danish philosopher, Soren Kierkegaard, and spent much of his professional life translating Kierkegaard's works into English. Two of these translations were published before his death in 1940. They are Philosophical Fragments (1936) and Two Discourses (1938).
Lillian Marvin, also a graduate of the University of Minnesota in 1898, married Swenson in 1912. After his death, she learned to read Danish and continued working on the translations of Kierkegaard which Swenson had left unfinished. The following works were published as a result of her efforts: Edifying Discourses, Volumes I-IV (1943-1947), Either/Or, Volume 1 (1945), Works of Love (1946), Gospel of Suffering and Lilies of the Field (1948). She also compiled and edited Something About Kierkegaard (1941), which is a collection of Swenson's philosophical talks, and Kierkegaardian Philosophy and the Faith of a Scholar (1949), also a collection of Swenson's addresses and essays. Lillian Swenson died in 1961.
From the guide to the David Ferdinand Swenson papers, 1912-1978, (University of Minnesota Libraries. University Archives [uarc])
|referencedIn||Frank M. Rarig papers, 1901-1966||University of Minnesota Libraries. University Archives [uarc]|
|creatorOf||Haycraft, Howard, 1905-1991. Howard haycraft papers, 1926-1959 <bulk 1926-1927>||University of Minnesota, Minneapolis|
|referencedIn||Cohen, Morris Raphael, 1880-1947. Morris Raphael Cohen papers, 1898-1981.||University of Chicago Library|
|referencedIn||Hocking, William Ernest, 1873-1966. William Ernest Hocking Papers, 1860-1979||Houghton Library|
|creatorOf||Swenson, David F. (David Ferdinand), 1876-1940. David F. Swenson papers, 1912-1978.||University of Minnesota, Minneapolis|
|creatorOf||David Ferdinand Swenson papers, 1912-1978||University of Minnesota Libraries. University Archives [uarc]|
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