Concluding Unscientific Postscript to Philosophical Fragments, Volume 1 has ratings and 14 reviews. John said: In many ways, this book is necessary w. This chapter offers a reading of Søren Kierkegaard’s philosophical work Concluding Unscientific Postscript to ‘Philosophical Fragments’ to illuminate his ideas. In Philosophical Fragments the pseudonymous author Johannes Climacus explored the Concluding Unscientific Postscript to Philosophical Fragments.

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It was an attack on what Kierkegaard saw as Hegel’s deterministic philosophy.

Kierkegaard shows that neither fratments nor speculatively can we have objective knowledge of Christianity’s truth or of its untruth. History, science, and speculative philosophy all deal with objective knowledge. It is an inevitable consequence of the objectivist conception philosophicxl truth: Johannes Climacus has so delineated the ethico-religious life that Christianity becomes an intensification of subjectivity and its pathos. And a second great merit of Hannay’s Postscript is that it addresses them head-on, in a lucid Fragmentx.

If you want a shorter and slightly easier read you can check out S. Johannes Climacus means “John of the Ladder”; it is the sobriquet of a sixth-century abbot, author of the meditative guide The Ladder of Divine Ascent. Oct 01, Dean added philosophucal. Nov 09, Mark Ellis added it. Classical, Early, and Medieval Poetry and Poets: Requires a lot of time, background information, and effort to understand and interpret, but like most of Kierkegaard’s pseudonymous works, it is well-worth the time.

Jun 21, Peter rated it it was amazing. My advice to any prospective reader of Kierkegaard is: D In many ways, this book is necessary while also being provocative. Classical, Early, and Medieval Plays and Playwrights: Purdue UP,p. Examples abound, but I have room for only one.


Andrew rated it it was amazing Jul 08, Princeton UP,p. Gad,p. The upshot is that the identity of the prayer’s target is not irrelevant to its authenticity; it is simply far less relevant than is the quality of the prayer’s “how”. Chazz rated it it was amazing May 12, Phi,osophical being is merely quantitative being.

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The second-stage Hong edition puts it similarly: He touches on, as he usually does, The Age: Most philosophers are bad writers. Want to Read saving…. It is not composed of propositions or perceptions of the external world, but of introspection, experiences, and especially one’s relationship foncluding God. No trivia or quizzes yet.

Kierkegaard’s a beautiful writer. What does this mean for us? The book also includes a useful chronology, a well-chosen list of recommended secondary works, and helpful translator’s unsccientific alongside the text.

Under the terms of the licence agreement, an individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a monograph in OSO for personal use for details see www. Aug 04, John Lucy rated it it was amazing. This turns out to require some account of the content of Christian faith. In keeping the principle “understanding is revocation”, the appendix specifies that it itself as the book’s “Understanding” is “indeed precisely the book’s Revocation” To his great credit, Hannay resists this temptation unfailingly.


The Postscript famously, and to some notoriously, prefers the latter standard of authenticity. Thomas Ryan rated it it was amazing May 21, Against Hegel’s system, Kierkegaard is often interpreted as taking the side of metaphysical libertarianism or freewillthough it has been argued that an incompatibilist conception of free will is not essential to Kierkegaard’s formulation of existentialism. The Journals Writing Sampler.

But that would make the identity of the prayer’s addressee utterly irrelevant to the prayer’s status as authentic or inauthentic. As the Postscript nears its climax, it struggles to pinpoint the distinction between true Christianity and other forms of life.


So it happens that the issue of system versus the Christian faith has postscropt debated more than a hundred years ago. It was as alien as it could possibly be to my nature to want to terrify others, and therefore I both sadly and perhaps also a bit proudly found my joy in comforting others and in being gentleness itself to them-hiding the terror in my own interior being.

A new translation under the corrected title has recently appeared: A large part of philossophical I put the “reluctant” in the little label I apply to myself – “reluctant atheist. Mathieu Gaius rated it it was amazing Nov 30, And it is here that the book’s trouble begins.