Fear And Trembling

Paperback | January 7, 1986

bySoren KierkegaardTranslated byAlastair HannayIntroduction byAlastair Hannay

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The infamous and controversial work that made a lasting impression on both modern Protestant theology and existentialist philosophers such as Sartre and Camus

Writing under the pseudonym of "Johannes de silentio," Kierkegaard expounds his personal view of religion through a discussion of the scene in Genesis in which Abraham prepares to sacrifice his son Isaac at God's command. Believing Abraham's unreserved obedience to be the essential leap of faith needed to make a full commitment to his religion, Kierkegaard himself made great sacrifices in order to dedicate his life entirely to his philosophy and to God. The conviction shown in this religious polemic—that a man can have an exceptional mission in life—informed all Kierkegaard's later writings. His "teleological suspension of the ethical" challenged the contemporary views of Hegel's universal moral system, and was also hugely influential for both protestant theology and the existentialist movement.

Alastair Hannay's introduction evaluates Kierkegaard's philosophy and the ways in which it conflicted with more accepted contemporary views. This edition also includes detailed notes to complement this groundbreaking analysis of religion, and a new chronology. 

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The form of dialectical lyric is used to present Soren Kierkegaard’s conception of faith in Fear and Trembling. This religious and ethical polemic focuses on Abraham’s unconditional submission to God’s will. Kierkegaard’s work has inspired both modern theology and existentialism in its controversial challenge of religious ethics. Using...

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The infamous and controversial work that made a lasting impression on both modern Protestant theology and existentialist philosophers such as Sartre and CamusWriting under the pseudonym of "Johannes de silentio," Kierkegaard expounds his personal view of religion through a discussion of the scene in Genesis in which Abraham prepares to...

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‘He who loved himself became great in himself, and he who loved others became great through his devotion, but he who loved God became greater than all’In Fear and Trembling Kierkegaard writing under the pseudonym Johannes de silentio expounds his personal view of religion through a discussion of the scene in Genesis, in which Abraham p...

S¢ren Kierkegaard (1813-55) was born in Denmark and wrote on a wide variety of themes, including religion, psychology, and literature. He is remembered for his philosophy, which was influential in the development of 20th century existentialism. Alastair Hannay is Professor of Philosophy at the University of Oslo. He is co-editor of th...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:160 pages, 8 × 5.1 × 0.44 inPublished:January 7, 1986Publisher:Penguin Publishing GroupLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0140444491

ISBN - 13:9780140444490

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Table of Contents

Fear and Trembling Introduction
Fear and Trembling
Preface
Attunement
Speech in Praise of Abraham
Problemata
Preamble from the Heart
Problemata I
Problemata II
Problemata III
Epilogue
Notes

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The form of dialectical lyric is used to present Soren Kierkegaard’s conception of faith in Fear and Trembling. This religious and ethical polemic focuses on Abraham’s unconditional submission to God’s will. Kierkegaard’s work has inspired both modern theology and existentialism in its controversial challenge of religious ethics. Using the story of Abraham to draw the reader’s attention towards certain fundamental questions of faith, obedience and social virtues, Kierkegaard carefully depicts faith as an affront to humanity and questions the psychology of religious beliefs.