He is remembered for his philosophy, which was influential in the development of 20th century existentialism. Alastair Hannay is Professor of Philosophy at the. 1 Homing in on Fear and Trembling. 6. Alastair Hannay. 2 Fear and Trembling’s “ Attunement” as midrash. Jacob Howland. 3 Johannes de silentio’s dilemma. The perfect books for the true book lover, Penguin’s Great Ideas series features twelve more groundbreaking works by some of history’s most prodigious.

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Remain faithful to his commitment to God. An article from the Encyclopedia of religion and ethics has the following quote, “in writing B’s Papers [59] [Kierkegaard] had personally attained to a deeper grasp of Christianity, and had come to feel that there was a stage of life higher than the ethico-religious standpoint of B.

Discourse on MethodThe Harvard Classics. These special individuals, their psyches stretched on the rack of ambiguity, have become febrile.

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Taylor, of Tremblinng University writes, “The Abrahamic God is the all-powerful Lord and Master who demands nothing less than the total obedience of his faithful servants. The argument centered upon the text alastakr Fear and Trembling, and whether or not a practitioner of faith could be considered ethical. Whilst Hegel says that it is the universal which individualizes itself, Schelling says that, on the contrary, it is the individual which universalizes itself.

Each one of these “little choices will reveal itself under analysis as the choice of a means towards a predetermined end. He says of Abraham, “If the task had been different, if the Lord had commanded Abraham to bring Isaac up to Mount Moriah so that he could have his lightning strike Isaac and take him as a sacrifice in that way, then Abraham plainly would have been justified in speaking as enigmatically as he did, for then he himself could not have known what was going to happen.

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What a progress since those ages when only a few knew it. Reading “Reading the Text” leaves one with Carlisle’s own reading, but there is a remedial sprinkling of different takes on isolated matters due to a small selection of commentators. It is the individual’s right, too, that an act, as outer realization of an end, should be counted right or wrong, good or evil, lawful or unlawful, according to his knowledge of the worth it has when objectively realized.


But this is poetry, not that wretched, miserable trash in which everything revolves around ridiculousness and nonsense.

Josiah Thompson wrote a biography of Kierkegaard’s life, and in it he said. When one person sees one thing and another sees something else in the same thing, then the one discovers what the other conceals. Who, after all, could understand him, for did not the nature of temptation extract from him a pledge of silence? If we imagine that Tremlbing, by anxiously and desperately looking around, discovered the ram that would save his son, would he not then have gone home in disgrace, without confidence in the future, without the self-assurance that he was prepared to anr to God any sacrifice whatsoever, without the divine voice from heaven in his heart that proclaimed to him God’s grace and love.

But this abstract comparison of their views does not explain what is at issue in the text. The commentator strains to approximate the knight’s gesture of the absurd, yet lacking faith, he is forbidden to effectuate the transcendent leap.

Kierkegaard says, “wishing to be in the wrong is an expression of an infinite relationship, and wanting to be in the right, or finding it painful to be in the wrong, is an expression of a finite relationship!

He kept hsnnay from Sarah, Eliezer, and Isaac. The focal dilemma remains unresolved: He writes because to him it is a luxury that is all the more pleasant and apparent the fewer there are who buy and read what he writes.


My listener, ad was many a father in Israel who believed that to lose his child was to lose everything that was dear to him, to be robbed of every hope for the future, but there was no one who was the child of promise in the sense Isaac was to Abraham. As against Kant, bannay framework from within which the question of what the ethical and the religious have in common remains perforce firmly religious p.


In my defense, though, it was my first experience with Kierkegaard. For others it has much to offer and chew over.

fezr Doubtless the most sublime tragedy consists in being misunderstood. Glossary “Archived copy” PDF. In that case the explanation would be that it is unutterable; it cannot be anything else-no nonsense. So they can in principle come apart in the future p. Should such a conflict develop, the faithful self must follow Abraham in forgoing desire and suspending duty-even if this means sacrificing one’s own son or forsaking one’s beloved.

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What did I find? Anr hid everything he did. In the first, “Faith, Ethics, and Johannes de silentio’s Dilemma,” ethics is now understood in generally Hegelian terms, though with Kantian implications.

Clara is wholly misunderstood by the citizens. Abraham didn’t follow this hznnay. But murder, or sacrifice of a son by any other word?

Suppose that the unutterable joy is based upon the contradiction that an existing human being is composed of the infinite and the finite, is situated in time, so that the joy of the eternal in him becomes unutterable because he is existing; it becomes a supreme drawing of breath that cannot take shape, because the existing person is existing.

The explaining jack-of-all-trades has everything in readiness before the beginning of the performance, and now it begins. If this does not happen, if the movement is halted, if it is alastai, then depression sets in. And here he stood on the mountain early in the morning, the old man with his one and only hope.