Fear and Trembling (Paperback)

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Uses the story of Abraham and Isaac to discuss the theological suspension of ethics, a philosophical concept that claims when one acts out of direction from God, one is not necessarily subject to the ethical laws of the universe. *Author: Kierkegaard, Soren *Series Title: Penguin Classics *Publication Date: 1986/01/01 *Binding Type: Paperback *Language: English *Depth: 0.25 *Width: 5.25 *Height: 7.75


Publisher Penguin Group USA
Mfg Part# 9780140444490
SKU 30017699
Format Paperback
ISBN10 0140444491
Release Date 1/1/1986
Dimensions (in Inches) 7.75H x 5.25L x 0.25T
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Soren Kierkegaard
S?ren Aabye Kierkegaard was born in western Denmark, the last of seven children born to a Lutheran merchant and his second wife, Ane S?rensdatter Lund. Denmark was in the midst of political and financial upheaval, yet an outpouring of great literature and art was also taking place. Kierkegaard studied theology, literature, and philosophy at the University of Copenhagen, in preparation for the clergy. During his studies, he became preoccupied with Hegelian thought, which he criticized for its rational take on human history and existence. He believed that the search for knowledge was, rather, a highly subjective, often ambiguous undertaking; in fact, his motto became "subjectivity is truth." In 1840 he was engaged to 17-year old Regine Olson, but broke off the relationship the following year. Kierkegaard's day-to-day existence was rather uneventful; except for a few journeys to Berlin, he remained in Copenhagen for his entire life. His writings--predominantly on religion and aesthetics--took various forms: essays, parables, and fictional journals, often under one of several pseudonyms. In the 19th century, Kierkegaard was known only within Scandinavia and German-speaking Europe, but by the end of World War I, his works began to be translated widely; he is often labeled the "father of existentialism." Kierkegaard fainted on the street in October of 1955, and died one month later.
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Annotation Kierkegaard's FEAR AND TREMBLING, written under the pseudonym Johannes de Silentio, uses the Biblical story of Abraham and Isaac to delve into the meaning of ethics and religion. For Kierkegaard, Abraham's "leap to faith" (frequently misquoted as a "leap of faith") is admirable, but utterly incomprehensible, and his willingness to murder his own son is clearly an anti-ethical act. As a result, Kierkegaard determines that ethics and religion are separate entities: ethics are concerned with the universal good and the community at large whereas religion involves an individual's interaction with God. Since religious experience can bring about anti-ethical actions such as Abraham's a willingness to sacrifice Isaac, religion moves in a sphere above and beyond the dictates of ethics. Since religion derives from an internal passion and is both unknowable and fundamentally irrational, Kierkegaard acknowledges the underlying irrationality at the root of human spiritual experience. These ecstatic and disturbing themes, and Kierkegaard's rich language, have made FEAR AND TREMBLING one of the most influential and accessible works of modern philosophy.
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Number of Pages 0160
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