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Fear and Trembling: “Who is Able to Understand Abraham?”

Kevin Newmark

in Irony on Occasion: From Schlegel and Kierkegaard to Derrida and de Man

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
September 2012
ISBN:
9780823240128
eISBN:
9780823240166
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fordham/9780823240128.003.0006
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

The major articulation in Kierkegaard's works occurs as a passage from Greek recollection to Christian repetition. But what exactly does repetition mean in Kierkegaard's writing and to what extent ... More


Introduction: Fault and Fallibility

Jason A. Mahn

in Fortunate Fallibility: Kierkegaard and the Power of Sin

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
September 2011
ISBN:
9780199790661
eISBN:
9780199897391
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199790661.003.0001
Subject:
Religion, Philosophy of Religion

This chapter introduces the interconnected themes of fortunate Fall and fortunate fallibility and argues against the moralization of theological accounts of sin. While scholars such as David Kelsey ... More


The Story of Abraham: The Desires of the Heart

Eleonore Stump

in Wandering in Darkness: Narrative and the Problem of Suffering

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
September 2010
ISBN:
9780199277421
eISBN:
9780191594298
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199277421.003.0011
Subject:
Philosophy, History of Philosophy, Philosophy of Religion

Abraham is an exemplar of a person who suffers because of what he has set his heart on. This chapter examines the problem of suffering in connection with the loss or deprivation of the desires of the ... More


Fear and Trembling and the Paradox of Christian Existentialism

George Pattison

in Situating Existentialism: Key Texts in Context

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
November 2015
ISBN:
9780231147750
eISBN:
9780231519670
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
DOI:
10.7312/columbia/9780231147750.003.0007
Subject:
Philosophy, Metaphysics/Epistemology

This chapter examines the paradox of Christian existentialism by tracing how a number of thinkers take on the troubling theme of “the exception,” which is entailed by Søren Kierkegaard’s argument in ... More


Fear and Trembling

Daphne Hampson

in Kierkegaard: Exposition & Critique

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
March 2015
ISBN:
9780199673230
eISBN:
9780191806629
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199673230.003.0002
Subject:
Religion, Theology

This chapter offers a reading of Søren Kierkegaard's philosophical work Fear and Trembling to illuminate his ideas about the nature of faith and the ‘teleological’ suspension of (Kantian) ethics. It ... More


The Impossibility of Ethics: On Mount Moriah

Derek Attridge

in Reading and Responsibility: Deconstruction's Traces

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
March 2012
ISBN:
9780748640089
eISBN:
9780748652112
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9780748640089.003.0004
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

This chapter reflects Jacques Derrida's growing attention to ethical questions in the 1990s, at a time when the author was beginning to study the work of Emmanuel Levinas. For Søren Kierkegaard, ... More


The Conception of Kierkegaard’s Socratic Task and the Beginning of the Authorship: 1843

Jon Stewart

in Søren Kierkegaard: Subjectivity, Irony, & the Crisis of Modernity

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
November 2015
ISBN:
9780198747703
eISBN:
9780191810657
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198747703.003.0007
Subject:
Religion, Philosophy of Religion, Theology

This chapter treats the years 1842–3. From the fall of 1841 to the spring of 1842 Kierkegaard was in Berlin, where he heard the lectures of the German philosopher Schelling. During this time he ... More


Preliminary Expectoration

John Limon

in Death's Following: Mediocrity, Dirtiness, Adulthood, Literature

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
January 2013
ISBN:
9780823242795
eISBN:
9780823242832
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fordham/9780823242795.003.0003
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

Heidegger defines the “They” as humanity in its commonplace attitude towards death: death is always inferred (rather than directly faced), always deferred. But Limon's reading of Heller's Catch-22 ... More


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