Matthew Brake, William McDonald

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Understanding/Comprehension (Forstaaelse-noun; Forstand-noun; forstaaeverb) The word Forstaaelse is derived from the Old Danish forstande, which is borrowed from the Middle Low German vorstan, from the Old Saxon farstandan. It is cognate with the English word “understanding,” which was originally the act of standing under something in order to observe it.1 By extension, it is the act, relation or condition of comprehending the meaning of a thing, like a book or natural phenomenon. It can also have the connotation of sympathizing with a person, or harmonizing, as between different political entities. To have an understanding with someone may be to be in complicity or cahoots,2 or, more positively, to be on the same wavelength.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationKierkegaard’s Concepts
Subtitle of host publicationTome VI: Salvation to Writing: Volume 15
PublisherTaylor and Francis
Number of pages6
ISBN (Electronic)9781351874915
ISBN (Print)9781472461797
Publication statusPublished - Jan 1 2016
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Arts and Humanities


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