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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Readers who prefer “a shorter overall discussion” are invited to skip this chapter, moving directly from “Overview of Themes and Context” to “Reception and Influence”. He is remembered for his philosophy, which was influential in the development of 20th century existentialism. The argument centered upon the text of Fear and Trembling, and whether or tremlbing a practitioner of faith could be considered ethical.

Is he not also a sacrificial victim of sorts, the real murderer, at any rate a literary device? 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.

Journals IIA July 9, They are presented as: Kierkegaard says, “If Agamemnon himself, not Calchasshould have drawn the knife to kill Iphigenia, he would only have demeaned himself if in the very last moment he had said a few words, for the meaning of his deed was, after all, obvious to everybody, the process of reverence, sympathy, emotion, and tears was completed, and then, too, his life had no relation to spirit-that is, he was not a teacher or a witness of the spirit.

It does not adhere to subjective insight into right or wrong, good or evil, or to the claims which an individual makes for the satisfaction of his conviction. On the one side is the world of commerce and sanity-the commercial men with their dollar calculi and the academics who, according to Johannes Silentio: Another scholar writes, “By writing about Abraham, Kierkegaard can perform a pantomime of walking along the patriarch’s path, but he will remain incapable of the leap of faith that was necessary to accomplish the sacrifice.

Indeed, he would be indignant if anyone said to him, just as the lover resents it if someone said that he came to a standstill in love; for, he would answer, I am by no means standing still.

Two Upbuilding Discourses, As soon as I want to begin, everything reverses itself, and I take refuge in the pain of resignation. Account Options Sign in. Monotony exercises in the course of time a benumbing influence upon the mind. Insofar as the object viewed belongs to the external world, then how the observer is constituted is probably less important, or, more correctly then what is necessary for the observation is something irrelevant to his deeper nature.


Temporality, finitude—this is what it is all about. Fear and Trembling begins with a Preface by Johannes de silentio.

Fear and trembling /Søren Kierkegaard ; translated by Alastair Hannay. – National Library

What is the ethical? Perhaps it does not amaze us anymore, because we have known it from our earliest childhood, but then the fault does not really lie in the truth, in the story, but in ourselves, because we are too lukewarm genuinely to feel with Abraham and to suffer with him.

But this abstract comparison of their views does not explain what is at issue in the text. In signing off he had speculated on the fate of someone who “puts himself outside the universal,” [5] even hinting at the possibility of a “more noble sense” of being “out of the common.

Aesthetic, Ethical, and Religious” that are introduced as such to Kierkegaard’s readers only later?

alastakr In short, he acted. Then we have only the choice between being nothing in relation to God or having to begin all over again every moment in eternal torment, adn without being able to begin, for if we are able to decide definitely with regard to the previous moment, and so further and further back.

Commentaries and introductions are not the same. While Carlisle’s commentary-plus gives excellent support to readings of Fear and Trembling that favor some alleviation of what many see as its excesses, a closer look at the Hegel connection from p.

Now I have become an tear man, my youth is gone, my dream has not been fulfilled; I became a man and what I yearned for you denied me, and now that I am an old man you fulfilled everything in a wonderful way.

By its very disguise his anguish reveals itself.

Kierkegaard used the ethical system of Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel and the aesthetic stories of Agnes and the merman, [10] Iphigenia at Aulis and others to help the reader understand the difference between the inner world of the spirit and the outer world of ethics and aesthetics. But murder, or sacrifice of a son by any other word? It limits itself to its simplest meaning, namely, knowledge of or acquaintance with what is lawful and binding.

Everyone shall be remembered, but everyone became great in proportion to his expectancy. The Journals Writing Sampler. Retiring thus within, it finds at last an enclosure, an innermost recess, where it hopes it can remain; and now begins its monotonous movement. He went home happy, confident, trusting in God, for he had not wavered, he had nothing for which to reproach himself.

I can resign everything by my own strength and find peace and rest in the pain; I can put up with everything—even if that dreadful demon, more horrifying than the skeletal one who terrifies me, even if madness held its fools costume before my eyes and I understood from its face that it was I who should put it on—I can still save my soul as long as my concern that my love of God conquer within me is greater than my concern that I achieve earthly happiness.


The double meaning is clear, Abraham is both the father who brings his son as an offering, and Kierkegaard who offers Regine. Doubtless the most sublime tragedy consists in being misunderstood. Like the messenger in the book’s “enigmatic epigraph,” unaware that he is conveying instructions to put the leaders of Gabii to death and who can only report that Tarquin cut off the heads of the tallest poppies p.

He is no longer finitely concerned about what the princess does, and precisely this proves that he has made the movement [of faith] infinitely. Critics have universally praised the book as one of the lynchpins of the existentialist movement.


References that Kierkegaard could leave to his readers to decipher are identified, themes doubt, faith, autonomy are brought to the table, and Descartes’s methodological doubt briefly explained for the uninitiated and ushered into a Hegelian context.

In the closing chapter she remarks on an openness in Kierkegaard’s text that makes it “rather elusive” p. The situation of the wife in The Riquebourg Family is moving precisely because her love for her husband’s nephew compels her to conceal herself, and therefore her apparent coolness. 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!

Here Kierkegaard is using the story of Abraham to help himself understand his relationship with Regine Olsen. This is continued by the eulogy on Abraham as “the father of faith” who believed by virtue of the absurd. There perhaps are many in every generation who do not come to faith, but no one goes further.

She concludes her Guide by asking p. But Abraham’s ‘inability to become open is terror” to him. He couldn’t explain to Regine how it happened that he changed anymore than Cordelia could explain what happened between her and the seducer in The Seducer’s Diary. In “Telling Stories — and Who is Johannes de silentio? The commentator strains to approximate the knight’s gesture of the absurd, yet lacking faith, he is forbidden to effectuate the transcendent leap. The impression we receive is of a Johannes de silentio constructed to carry out a special mission.