Fear And Trembling / Edition 1

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Overview

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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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781604593181
  • Publisher: Wilder Publications
  • Publication date: 4/8/2008
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 92
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.22 (d)

Meet the Author

Soren Kierkegaard (1813-1855) was a prolific 19th century Danish philosopher and theologian. Kierkegaard strongly criticized both the Hegelianism of his time and what he saw as the empty formalities of the Church of Denmark. Much of his work deals with religious themes such as faith in God, the institution of the Christian Church, Christian ethics and theology, and the emotions and feelings of individuals when faced with life choices. His early work was written under various pseudonyms who present their own distinctive viewpoints in a complex dialogue. Kierkegaard left the task of discovering the meaning of his works to the reader, because "the task must be made difficult, for only the difficult inspires the noble-hearted". Scholars have interpreted Kierkegaard variously as an existentialist, neo-orthodoxist, postmodernist, humanist, and individualist. Crossing the boundaries of philosophy, theology, psychology, and literature, he is an influential figure in contemporary thought.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 23, 2009

    Don't buy this, or any editions through this publisher

    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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  • Posted March 3, 2009

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    Fear & Trembling takes any man's faith and puts it in a position to be knocked down in utter humlity. One from there can only purify one's mind to rebuild what one thought was faith, but has been brought down by one's folly. silly silly fool.

    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.

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