Fear and Trembling

Fear and Trembling

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by Soren Kierkegaard
     
 

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Writing under the pseudonym of Johannes de slientio, Kierkegaard uses the form of a dialectical lyric to present his conception of faith. Abraham is portrayed as a great man, who chose to sacrifice his son, Isaac, in the face of conflicting expectations and in defiance of any conceivable ethical standard. The infamous and controversial 'theological suspension

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Writing under the pseudonym of Johannes de slientio, Kierkegaard uses the form of a dialectical lyric to present his conception of faith. Abraham is portrayed as a great man, who chose to sacrifice his son, Isaac, in the face of conflicting expectations and in defiance of any conceivable ethical standard. The infamous and controversial 'theological suspension of the ethical' challenged the contemporary views of Hegel's universal moral system, and the suffering individual must alone make a choice 'on the strength of the absurd'.

Kierkegaard's writings have inspired both modern Protestant theology and existentialism, and this edition of Fear and Trembling contains a full introduction and notes which complement a key work in the psychology of religious belief.

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ISBN-13:
9780691071480
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
Publication date:
01/01/1941

Meet the Author

S¢ren Kierkegaard (1813-55) was born in Denmark and wrote on a wide variety of themes, including religion, psychology, and literature. He is remembered for his philosophy, which was influential in the development of 20th century existentialism.

Alastair Hannay is Professor of Philosophy at the University of Oslo. He is co-editor of the Cambridge Companion to Kierkegaard and has translated Kierkegaard's Fear and Trembling, The Sickness unto Death, Either/Or, and Papers and Journals for Penguin Classics

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Just horrible. I bought these books for a philosophy class, and I thought "great . . . I can save a little money." Nope, the translations for these editions are awful. These editions, by this publisher, are littered with mistakes. At times a random numeral will be inside of a word, and then common words will be misspelled with such frequency that reading becomes a trial. Spend the extra few dollars and get a Hackett or another mainstream publisher's editions.
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SeptemberClassic More than 1 year ago
kierkeegard takes the story of abraham and issac. referred to usually as the story of a father's love for him son through the circumstance that god requests of him. it is SO much more than this. the thoughts of isaac are traced through of how HE of all can be looked up to as the father of faith. it is so much more than him simply holding up his knife and taking it down the instant a ram appeared. thought by thought is traced. thought by thought is traced as pure, holy, unfailing, loving, and doubtless. can one truly in today's society go through a situation that requires the murder of a loved one with completely pure devoted thoughts to your god in heaven above? Kierkegaard organizes this in sections that differentiate glorious, and correlate wonderfully. by the end of the work, you understand so well that in faith there is so little to understand but total humility, purity, and surrender. and even i cannot define faith, because it has become the indefineable for me.