Kierkegaard's 'Concluding Unscientific Postscript': A Critical Guide (Cambridge Critical Guides)

By Rick Anthony Furtak

Søren Kierkegaard's Concluding Unscientific Postscript has provoked a full of life number of divergent interpretations for a century and a part. it's been either celebrated and condemned because the leader thought for twentieth-century existential suggestion, as a subversive parody of philosophical argument, as a critique of mass society, as a forerunner of phenomenology and of postmodern relativism, and as an allure for a renewal of non secular dedication. those new essays written via overseas Kierkegaard students provide a plurality of serious techniques to this primary textual content of existential philosophy. They conceal hotly debated issues resembling the stress among the Socratic-philosophical and the Christian-religious; the identification and character of Kierkegaard's pseudonym 'Johannes Climacus'; his conceptions of paradoxical religion and of passionate figuring out; his relation to his contemporaries and to a couple of his extra far away predecessors; and, final yet now not least, his pertinence to our present-day matters.

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In the end, Johannes Climacus isn't the such a lot literary or the main spiritual of Kierkegaard’s authors. but his rejection of sure developments in sleek philosophy shouldn't be incorrect for an antiphilosophical gesture; to the contrary, the Postscript opens up an area for philosophy because it could be. fifty five As pronounced by means of Diogenes Laertius in Lives of Eminent Philosophers vi. 39. Climacus notes that the Eleatic denial of movement is a phantom of summary idea that vanishes within the face of genuine existence (CUP 315–316): it “does now not relate to present yet to hypothesis” (CUP 319).

The suggestion has circumstantial aid. Wittgenstein had himself learn Postscript and will also have borrowed the ladder metaphor from Climacus. Nor, in fact, is it fullyyt incidental that the latter’s identify has the connotation of ascending steps. The old Johannes Climacus, identified in the beginning for his studying as Johannes Scholasticus, used to be an abbot of the 6th and 7th centuries ce whose later identify derives from a piece that he authored whose Latin identify is Scala paradisi, or heavenly ladder.

All the 3 chapters circles again to what precedes it, and there's a good deal of overlap, however it is feasible to determine diverse foci: as a coarse approximation, I recommend that bankruptcy 1 specializes in subjectivity because the moral; bankruptcy 2 specializes in subjectivity as fact; bankruptcy three specializes in subjectivity because the concrete paradox of lifestyles. bankruptcy 1 is a protracted tribute to the “eternal validity of the moral” (CUP 119). It starts via claiming that an realizing of subjectivity is located in basic terms within the job of changing into subjective.

Climacus notes that the Eleatic denial of movement is a phantom of summary proposal that vanishes within the face of actual existence (CUP 315–316): it “does no longer relate to present yet to hypothesis” (CUP 319). See Repetition, KW 6: 131. In an 1847 letter to his sister-in-law (KW 25: 215), Kierkegaard writes: “If somebody denies that movement exists, I do as Diogenes did, I stroll. ” For the Eleatics, this merely indicates that the world of temporality and turning into is illusory. yet Kierkegaard counters: lots the more serious for a philosophy that can't let us know whatever approximately this realm.

Mooney five The Kierkegaardian excellent of “essential figuring out” and the scandal of contemporary philosophy 87 rick anthony furtak 6 Lessing and Socrates in Kierkegaard’s Postscript 111 jacob howland 7 Climacus on subjectivity and the method merold westphal v 132 Contents vi eight Humor and irony within the Postscript 149 john lippitt nine Climacus at the activity of changing into a Christian one hundred seventy clare carlisle 10 The epistemology of the Postscript a hundred ninety m. g. piety eleven religion and cause in Kierkegaard’s Concluding Unscientific Postscript 204 c.

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