Cambridge Core – Philosophy Texts – Kierkegaard: Concluding Unscientific Postscript. Cambridge Core – Theology – Kierkegaard’s ‘Concluding Unscientific Postscript’ – edited by Rick Anthony Furtak. One of the most noteworthy features of Kierkegaard’s Concluding Unscientific Postscript: A Critical Guide is that it lives up to its subtitle.
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As Mooney puts it, Farewells are exchanged in the confidence that the sun will rise, that we will awake, that the world will return, that our friends will not enter the grave in the night — even as we know that a final farewell awaits, when there will be no tomorrow, when we will not awake, when the beloved will not return But no birth is without birth-pangs and no revelation is without an experience of suffering.
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I conclude with some thoughts as to topics that might be explored in greater depth in future scholarship. The Christian revelation is not a set of propositions, but a creative act of the individual who has been prepared to receive it in part by the very discipline of human idealism, and who through this creative act becomes concpuding new creature.
Readings that attempt a collapse of one of these to the other cannot be sustained, but how to understand their relation precisely is clearly a matter of ongoing debate. A second stage, which it is tempting to call “ethical”, was launched in the s by Howard and Edna Hong of St. David Law also indirectly joins in this debate in his piece when he writes that.
It then affirms that the passionate idolater, rather than the passionless Christian, is the one who prays aright: Hannay strikes a similar tone — informative, but with a light touch — in his Introduction’s second half, where he sketches the Postscript ‘s various polemical targets Hegel, of course, but even more so the Danish Hegelian pair Heiberg and Martensen, along with the Romantic theologian Grundtvig.
Over the course of its nearly pages, the Postscript works to demolish and replace a conventional view of Christianity on which being a true Christian is a postscritp of objective concern: These puzzles are thick and knotted. Purdue UP,p. And yet this may also be the highest earnestness.
As Mooney puts it. Like his other pseudonymous works, the Postscript is not a reflection of Kierkegaard’s own beliefs.
None of these essays is narrowly focused on any minor issue or local question; instead each one concerns a major point, generally one that has implications for understanding the Postscript as a whole or even more broadly, the Climacan authorship. This page was last edited on 30 Decemberat Views Read Edit View history. It is, in sum, ideal for the non-specialist reader — and the clear best choice for the undergraduate classroom. An objectivist understanding of truth expresses itself, therefore, not merely in terms of practical conclding, but also in a general quantification of all life, as it may be seen in unscienrific craving for records in sport, in pride in the growth of cities of millions of inhabitants, in respect for the multi-millionaire, in admiration for great political power.
In what follows I touch on some of the essays that resonated most powerfully on my reading, in part doubtless because they speak to my own interests concluving the text. It cannot, then, be a surprise to see man more and more postscfipt 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 question as to whether Kierkegaard was an existentialist was brought up by Libuse Lukas Miller.
In other projects Wikiquote. Their books remain indispensable tools for the scholar. This may take a bit of getting used to, but it is an ingenious way to avert confusion. This keeps the English reader’s focus on the how of prayer rather than on the identity of the prayer’s target. In the name of Christian faith Kierkegaard rejected not posscript or that element in Hegelianism but the whole, referring to it in kierkegaardd as c the System.
Are they distinguished as metaphysical terms, picking out realities that differ by grade or degree of being, or are they value designations, or both? Objective truth is that which relates to propositions, that which has no relation to the existence of the knower. Here is Hannay’s version in full: 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.
A Critical Postsxript is that it lives up to its subtitle. This is so both for subjective reasons — the Christian must contend not just with ignorance, but with sin — and for objective reasons: This collection truly is a guide to the work as a whole.
Not that I therefore wanted to relinquish Christianity. Direct communication consists of statements that can be communicated and understood without appropriation, postscropt is, without experiencing personally what is being communicated.
On her reading then, truth is admittedly elusive for Climacus, but not in the same way for objective truth as for ethical-religious truth. Its fruit is Kierkegaard’s Writingsthe comprehensively annotated Princeton edition of Kierkegaard’s complete works.
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This fact can be a convenience, but it can also be a curse; in borderline cases, it tempts the translator to sacrifice English clarity for sharper surface echoes of the Danish. The Postscript ‘s uncomfortable solution is to try to wave at what it cannot touch.
They would facilitate scholarly use enormously. He says “a logical system is possible, but an existential system is impossible. So it happens that the issue of system versus the Christian faith has been debated more than a hundred years ago. Finally, I must make mention of some salutary correctives and reminders offered by M. A general reservation about this collection of essays: