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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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This fact can be a convenience, but it can also be a curse; in borderline cases, it tempts the translator to sacrifice English clarity for sharper surface echoes of the Danish. Having made these distinctions, the Postscript then tries to specify the Christian’s peculiar predicament as a sinner seeking salvation in an absurdity.

Ferreira contends that in order to make sense of the discrepancy one must read the Postscript as containing “both a quasi-sequel to the Crumbs which elaborated some claims effectively made in Crumbs and a postscript to Crumbs that provided a new and crucial supplement to Crumbs.

Examples abound, but I unscientifid room postsvript only one. The title of the work is ironic because the Postscript is almost five times larger than the Fragments. I have often taken exception to anyone who was a sinner in the strictest sense and then promptly got busy terrifying others.

This collection truly kierkrgaard a guide to the work as a whole.


Objective knowledge can be communicated directly. This leaves the third and ongoing stage of Kierkegaard translation, which I cannot resist calling “aesthetic”.

In particular, Climacus can grasp the contours of a religious world-view, postscripr even insert himself hypothetically into such a world-view for the sake of ridiculing the world outside of it, all without committing to that world-view himself. To his great credit, Hannay resists this temptation unfailingly. The first total opponent of Hegel’s standpoint was Soren Kierkegaard, father of modern existentialism.

Hannay’s key strength as a translator is his daring. 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 The way to Christianity goes through a decision, a crucial decision in the temporal moment; faith is an existential leap.


Once again, however, while the topic is narrow compared to the more thematic contributions, the implications of this brief passage do have a direct bearing on how the whole of the Postscript is to be understood. 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 the System.

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.

Kierkegaaard then affirms that the passionate idolater, rather than the passionless Christian, is the one who prays aright: So it happens that the issue of system versus the Christian faith has been debated more than a hundred years concludinv. This page cojcluding last edited on 30 Decemberat Farewells are exchanged in the confidence that the sun will rise, that we will awake, that the world will return, that our concludiny 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 Posgscript reading was revived in the s by James Conant; it remains hotly disputed.

As Mooney puts it. This is so both for subjective reasons — the Christian must contend not just with ignorance, but with sin — and for objective reasons: Through the discipline of resignation, aiming at an absolute commitment to the highest good, through the discipline of suffering, through the consciousness of guilt, the way leads step by step to a more profound pathos, until by a leap we reach the absolute maximum of subjectivity in the Christian consciousness of sin, with its imperative need for a new departure.

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.

He was referring to Kierkegaard’s distrust of system builders which he discussed in The Concluding Unscientific Postscript p. Everything is relative, they say, but at the same time they declare as indubitable truth that the mind is nothing but a product of cerebral processes. Subjective truth is essential or ethico-religious truth.


Concluding Unscientific Postscript to Philosophical Fragments – Wikiquote

He labors to make Kierkegaard as intelligible as possible to those of us who cannot consult the original, and he is unafraid to recast phrases, and kierkegawrd whole sentences, where this aim demands it.

Swenson and Walter Lowrie Princeton: And a second great merit of Hannay’s Postscript is that it addresses them head-on, in a lucid Introduction. What is more, kiekregaard brings Kierkegaard’s painstaking use of grammar, so central to his philosophical method, one step closer to the English reader. Here Unsciemtific points out that Climacus identifies himself repeatedly as a “humorist”, meaning that he is a psychological and religious chameleon: Are they distinguished as metaphysical terms, picking out realities that differ by grade or degree of being, or are they value designations, or both?

One option might be to use “un-God” for Afgud instead of “idol”.

Danish and English are close enough that it is often possible to retain much of Kierkegaard’s own syntax, phraseology, and even wordplay. With characteristic courage, Hannay opts for “truly”, rather than “in truth”, to render i Sandhed. The work unscientiifc also famous for its dictum, Subjectivity is Truth. History, science, and speculative philosophy all deal with objective knowledge.

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. A general reservation about this collection of essays: Pages to import images to Wikidata Articles containing Danish-language text Webarchive template wayback links All stub articles. Aesthetically, it is a masterpiece: Here is where Concluding Postscript comes in.

She wrote the following in That dynamic is the unique unsciebtific by which faith navigates the inevitable losses, heartbreaks, and separations that punctuate human life. And it is here that the book’s trouble begins. They would facilitate scholarly use enormously. unscientifjc