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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Hannay’s translation is the first to retain this crucial nuance.

Here Fragmnts points out that Climacus identifies himself repeatedly as a “humorist”, meaning that philoosphical is a psychological and religious chameleon: Andrew rated it it was amazing Jul 08, Print Save Cite Email Share.

Direct communication consists of statements that can be communicated and understood without appropriation, that is, without experiencing personally what is being communicated.

It is an inevitable consequence of the objectivist conception of truth: In Kierkegaard’s usage, the name is likely meant to echo the Postscript ‘s own ladder-like attempt to use reason to scale the heights of a Christianity that defies understanding.

Concluding Unscientific Postscript to Philosophical Fragments, Volume 1

Kierkegaard strongly criticised both the Hegelianism of his time and what he saw as the empty formalities of the Church of Denmark. Kierkegaard covers so many relevant problems and provides so much glory for the mind that it is almost appalling that he has not gotten the recognition he rightfully deserves. The chapter first considers Kierkegaard’s views about Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel and Hegelianism within the context of the relationship between modernity and Christianity and the relationship of history to faith.


The first began during the Great Depression, and was something of a religious stage. This page was last edited on 30 Decemberat Kierkegaard really threw everything but the kitchen sink into this one. History, science, and speculative philosophy all deal with objective knowledge. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. These puzzles are thick and knotted.

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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.

Classical, Early, and Medieval Prose and Writers: My advice to any prospective reader of Kierkegaard is: Lists with This Book. In many ways, this book is necessary while also being provocative.

I had a fear and trembling such as perhaps no one else had.

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. Excellent thinkers but really a drudge to get through.

He touches on, as he usually does, The Age: In this regard Socrates, who lived a life of truth-seeking amid and despite ignorance, is a helpful existential paradigm. To acknowledge that we are existing, first of all, which in itself is a paradox, and to accept that paradox rather than try to explain it. Dec 17, Lynn Silsby rated it it was amazing. Objective truth is that which relates to propositions, that which has no relation to the existence of the knower.


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The work is also famous for its dictum, Subjectivity is Truth. Johannes Climacus has so delineated the ethico-religious life that Christianity becomes an intensification of subjectivity and its pathos.

Concluding Unscientific Postscript to Philosophical Fragments

In the name of Christian faith Kierkegaard rejected not this or that element in Hegelianism but the whole, referring to it in mockery as c concludin System. Most philosophers are bad writers. Marilyn Gaye Piety Oxford: In English, unfortunately, it is hard to parse the above translations without taking the words “to God” to be the effective referent of “in truth.

The phrase Everything is relative is spoken emphatically by the very people for whom the atom or its elements are still the ultimate reality. This is so both for subjective reasons — the Christian must contend not just with ignorance, but with sin — and podtscript objective reasons: