Concluding Unscientific Postscript to Philosophical Fragments, Volume 1 has ratings and 14 reviews. John said: In many ways, this book is necessary w. This chapter offers a reading of Søren Kierkegaard’s philosophical work Concluding Unscientific Postscript to ‘Philosophical Fragments’ to illuminate his ideas. In Philosophical Fragments the pseudonymous author Johannes Climacus explored the Concluding Unscientific Postscript to Philosophical Fragments.

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To acknowledge that we are existing, first of all, which in itself is a paradox, and to accept that paradox rather than try to explain it. Apart from this last sceptical stage, it must be said that modem spiritual evolution has been taking unambiguously the line of a more or less materialistic objectivism. In this way, he can appeal to any reader simply delighted in the complexity and movement of language, and not necessarily just the bones-and My advice to any prospective reader of Kierkegaard is: As the title suggests, the Postscript is sequel to the earlier Philosophical Fragments.

Jun 21, Peter rated it it was amazing. Princeton UP,p. What is more, it brings Kierkegaard’s painstaking use of grammar, so central to his philosophical method, one step closer to the English reader.

As the Postscript nears its climax, it struggles to pinpoint the distinction between true Christianity and other forms of life. Finally broke me from slavery to the contemporary scientistic mindset. In this regard Socrates, who lived a life of truth-seeking amid and despite ignorance, is a helpful existential paradigm. He labors to make Kierkegaard as intelligible as possible to those of us who cannot consult the original, and he is unafraid to recast phrases, and even whole sentences, where this aim demands it.

Does that mean those people are Christian? Want to Read Currently Reading Read. This, according to Hannay, is why the Postscript ‘s revocation should not detract from the book’s value as an analysis of Christianity. The work is a poignant attack against Hegelianismthe philosophy of Hegelespecially Hegel’s Science of Logic.


Don’t have an account? Properly, Kierkegaard is a philosopher for everyman insofar as most of his work directs it’s attention to the process of becoming, and not necessarily the intended “end,” persay. In English, unfortunately, it is hard to parse the above translations without taking the words “to God” to be the effective referent of “in truth. The first began during the Great Depression, and was something of a religious stage.

Concluding Unscientific Postscript to Philosophical Fragments, Volume 1 by Søren Kierkegaard

It cannot, then, be a surprise to see man more and more engulfed in the object, in things, in material being, in economic life, in technics, in a one-sided, quantitative manner of thinking, and in quantitative standards of value. The chapter concludes by asking whether Kierkegaard’s authorship may or may not have fed into the cult of irrationalism. Against Hegel’s system, Kierkegaard is often interpreted as taking the side of metaphysical libertarianism or freewillthough it has been argued that an incompatibilist conception of free will is not essential to Kierkegaard’s formulation of existentialism.

But his Danish critic attacked him for being the most consistent system-builder among system-builders.

Views Read Edit View history. Trivia About Concluding Unscie He touches on, as he usually does, The Age: Hegel had many critics in his lifetime, but they were mostly those who attacked his system because they believed that they could construct a better one themselves.

David Downey rated it it was amazing May 21, Its fruit is Kierkegaard’s Writingsthe comprehensively annotated Princeton edition of Kierkegaard’s complete works. Postscrript Hongs prized consistency and literal precision, if at times at the expense of English flow.

Richard Arnot Home Bett Cambridge: Marilyn Gaye Piety Oxford: My favorite of Kierkegaard’s works and the book that has had the most impact philosophically on me. Classical, Early, and Medieval Poetry and Poets: This turns out to require some account of the content of Christian faith. For one thing I had in fact learned very early that there are men who seem philoaophical be selected for suffering, and, for another thing, I was conscious of having sinned much and therefore supposed that Christianity had to appear to me in the form of this terror.

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Classical, Early, and Medieval Plays and Playwrights: Dude really could have used an editor.

Quotes from Concluding Unscie It is, in sum, ideal for the non-specialist reader — and the clear best choice for the undergraduate classroom. The receiver must experience or have experienced what is being communicated, not just hear it. Nothing By rated it it was amazing Nov 11, Wilde and William Kimmel, eds.

It is humorous, after all Climacus confesses that he is a humorist, yet, I believe it is an important text in which Climacus not only opposes modern speculative thought but gives critcal insight into different subjectivities while approaching the “religious” subject but never rea I searched the web for commentary on this text as I read it and it seems as though many people believe this text to be merely a humorous mockery of modern philosophical inquiry and not much else.

By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. It compares a pious idolater, one who prays to his idol “with all the passion of infinity”to a Christian who pays mere lip service to the genuine God. Howard Vincent Hong Editor. In keeping the principle “understanding is revocation”, the appendix specifies that it itself as the book’s “Understanding” is “indeed precisely the book’s Revocation” The answer lies in existence.