Kierkegaard's Writings, XII: Concluding Unscientific Postscript to Philosophical Fragments, Volume II / Edition 1

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Overview

In "Philosophical Fragments" the pseudonymous author Johannes Climacus explored the question: What is required in order to go beyond Socratic recollection of eternal ideas already possessed by the learner? Written as an afterword to this work, "Concluding Unscientific Postscript" is on one level a philosophical jest, yet on another it is Climacus's characterization of the subjective thinker's relation to the truth of Christianity. At once ironic, humorous, and polemical, this work takes on the 'unscientific' form of a mimical-pathetical-dialectical compilation of ideas. Whereas the movement in the earlier pseudonymous writings is away from the aesthetic, the movement in Postscript is away from speculative thought. Kierkegaard intended Postscript to be his concluding work as an author. The subsequent 'second authorship' after "The Corsair Affair" made Postscript the turning point in the entire authorship. Part One of the text volume examines the truth of Christianity as an objective issue, Part Two the subjective issue of what is involved for the individual in becoming a Christian.

These essays by Kierkegaard deal with what it takes to be a real Christian, the personal relationship to Christianity.

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"The definitive edition of the Writings. The first volume . . . indicates the scholarly value of the entire series: an introduction setting the work in the context of Kierkegaard's development; a remarkably clear translation; and concluding sections of intelligent notes."—Library Journal
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780691020822
  • Publisher: Princeton University Press
  • Publication date: 6/15/1992
  • Series: Kierkegaard's Writings Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 376
  • Sales rank: 444,272
  • Product dimensions: 5.44 (w) x 8.41 (h) x 0.91 (d)

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