Cambridge Core – Philosophy Texts – Kierkegaard: Concluding Unscientific Postscript. Cambridge Core – Theology – Kierkegaard’s ‘Concluding Unscientific Postscript’ – edited by Rick Anthony Furtak. One of the most noteworthy features of Kierkegaard’s Concluding Unscientific Postscript: A Critical Guide is that it lives up to its subtitle.

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Views Read Edit View history. Yet it is unlikely to replace the Hong edition in scholarly circles. If a second edition is issued, I suggest that such references be added. Focuses on what is asserted. Finally, I must make mention of some salutary correctives concludinng reminders offered by M. Everything is relative, they say, but at the same time they declare as indubitable kierkefaard that the mind is nothing but a product of cerebral processes.

And that encounter between system and anti-system is very relevant to any examination of philosophical theology to-day. Unscientigic collection overall contains significant steps forward in our understanding of this complex text, the difficulty of which continues to reward the sharpest critical study.

That dynamic is the unique means by which faith navigates the inevitable losses, heartbreaks, and separations that punctuate human life. The first began during the Great Depression, and was something of a religious stage.

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So I will focus on the Postscript ‘s best-known and most incendiary sentence. A related oddity is the Postscript ‘s conclduing to be authored not by Kierkegaard, but by the fictional author “Johannes Climacus”, who — in a further gesture of revocation — claims not to be a Christian himself. The object is the truth. One option might concludinb to use “un-God” for Afgud instead of “idol”.

This means that being a true Christian turns out to be overwhelmingly a matter of subjective concern: In English, unfortunately, it is hard to parse the above translations without taking the words “to God” to be the effective kieriegaard of “in truth.

The confusion is caused by the words “in truth”, which are just the literal equivalents of the Danish ” i Sandhed “. I nonetheless recommend this edition highly.



Here is Hannay’s version in full: 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” However, unlike his other pseudonymous works, Kierkegaard attaches his name as editor to this work, showing the importance of the Postscript to Kierkegaard’s overall authorship. In other projects Wikiquote.

As Mooney puts it, Farewells are exchanged in the confidence that the sun will rise, that we will awake, that the world will return, that our friends will not enter the grave in the night — even as we know that a final farewell awaits, when there will be no tomorrow, when we will not awake, when the beloved will not return Hegel had many critics in his lifetime, but they were mostly those who attacked his system because they believed that they could construct a better one themselves.

As the title suggests, the Postscript is sequel to the earlier Philosophical Fragments.

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This reading was revived in the s by James Conant; it remains hotly disputed. None of these essays is narrowly focused on any minor issue or local question; instead each one concerns a major point, generally one that has implications for understanding the Postscript as a whole or even more broadly, the Climacan authorship.

The question as to whether Kierkegaard was an existentialist was brought up by Libuse Lukas Miller. Pages to import images to Wikidata Articles containing Danish-language text Webarchive template wayback links All stub articles. It discusses Christianity’s content by means of analogies which it keeps taking back, citing variations on the formula understanding is revocationn, Material being ppostscript merely quantitative being. Surprisingly, Hannay’s edition lacks posscript page references — or even a separate page concordance, as in the Hong edition — to kierkegaare of the available Danish editions.

Having made these distinctions, the Postscript then tries to specify the Christian’s peculiar predicament as a sinner seeking salvation in an absurdity.

Danish and English are close enough that it is often possible to retain much of Kierkegaard’s own syntax, phraseology, and even wordplay. A general reservation about this collection of essays: Is it more essential that a prayer be genuine with regard to matters of “objective” concern — i. As Mooney puts it. Emil Brunner mentioned Kierkegaard 51 times in his book Man in Revolt and wrote a unacientific parody of Kierkegaard’s idea of truth as subjectivity by making truth objectivity in You can help Wikipedia by expanding it.


It seems to me that faith is about how we press on in full recognition of this fact, without invalidating through sentimentality the eventuality of death and other departures without return, or being paralyzed by despair. Most important among these is her refreshing assertion that. His virtue, for the reader, is that he sees the way to the top, while his value depends on his not having got there; for then he would have disappeared from view” xvii.

Postscriph particular, Climacus can grasp the contours of a religious world-view, and even insert himself hypothetically into such a world-view for the sake of ridiculing the world outside of it, all without oostscript to that world-view himself. Objective knowledge can be communicated directly.

I have often taken exception to anyone who was a sinner in the strictest sense and then promptly got busy terrifying others. Objective truth is that which relates to propositions, that which has no relation to the existence of the knower.


I had a fear and trembling such as perhaps no one else had. Wilde says, “In the Concluding Postscript the question of “the objective problem concerning the truth of Christianity” is dealt with in the first part.

Instead, the point is that the passionate pagan does indeed fulfill the task of praying to God despite the fact that he gets the objective dimension of his prayer wrong he mistakes an idol for God.

This may take a bit of getting used to, but it is an ingenious way to avert confusion.