In this rich and resonant work, Soren Kierkegaard reflects poetically and philosophically on the biblical story of God's command to Abraham, that he sacrifice his son Isaac as a test of faith. Was Abraham's proposed action morally and religiously justified or murder? Is there an absolute duty to God? Was Abraham justified in remaining silent? In pondering these questions, Kierkegaard presents faith as a paradox that cannot be understood by reason and conventional morality, and he challenges the universalist ethics and immanental philosophy of modern German idealism, especially as represented by Kant and Hegel. This volume, first published in 2006, presents the first new English translation for twenty years, by Sylvia Walsh, together with an introduction by C. Stephen Evans which examines the ethical and religious issues raised by the text.
|Publisher:||Cambridge University Press|
|Series:||Cambridge Texts in the History of Philosophy Series|
|Edition description:||First Edition|
|Product dimensions:||5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.39(d)|
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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.
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.