He is remembered for his philosophy, which was influential in the development of 20th century existentialism. Alastair Hannay is Professor of Philosophy at the. 1 Homing in on Fear and Trembling. 6. Alastair Hannay. 2 Fear and Trembling’s “ Attunement” as midrash. Jacob Howland. 3 Johannes de silentio’s dilemma. The perfect books for the true book lover, Penguin’s Great Ideas series features twelve more groundbreaking works by some of history’s most prodigious.

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As for Krishek, although hannzy to love as a component in religious faith, and putting us in mind of the fact that “fear of loss” can be as significant an obstacle as self-interest to fulfilling ethical demands p. He is no longer finitely concerned about what the princess does, and precisely this proves that he has made the movement [of faith] infinitely. Perhaps it does not amaze us anymore, because alashair have known it from our earliest childhood, but then the fault does not really lie in the truth, in the story, but in ourselves, because we are too lukewarm genuinely to feel with Abraham and to suffer with him.

Hence, it is upbuilding always to be in the wrong-because only the infinite builds up; the finite does not! His intention to sacrifice his son has a purely personal motivation, and one which hanbay social ethic can acknowledge; for the highest ethical obligation that his life or the situation reveals is the father’s duty of loving his son.

We know that the real-life story of Kierkegaard’s broken engagement underlies the sacrifice theme in Fear and Tremblingbut does the reader have to be apprised of this in order to amd that the book is not just about the relationship to God?

Croxall, Pantheon Books p. A further redeeming feature in Abraham that can “provide a criterion of ethical value … common to frar religious and non-religious perspectives” is trust p.

Fear and Trembling – Google Books

trembking As fwar as it finds rest and peace within itself, this movement from within outward invariably sets in; the reflective grief moves in the opposite direction, like blood retreating from the surface of the body, leaving only a hint of its presence in the sudden paleness. If this does not happen, if the movement is halted, if it is repressed, then depression sets in.


If it really were axiomatic that God could never contravene our conscience and our reason – if we could be sure that he must share our moral judgments – would not God become superfluous as far as ethics is concerned? Is he not also a sacrificial victim of sorts, the real murderer, at any rate a literary device? The text itself guides us to Hegel rather than Kant, as Carlisle faithfully notes feaf the central chapter when adverting to Johannes de silentio’s references to Hegel’s Philosophy of Right in the three “problemata” p.

Abraham didn’t follow this theory. I have my whole life in it. Now I have become an old man, my youth is gone, my dream has not been fulfilled; I became a man and what I yearned for you denied me, and now that I am an old man you fulfilled everything in a wonderful way.

He kept everything from Sarah, Eliezer, and Isaac.

Fear and trembling /Søren Kierkegaard ; translated by Alastair Hannay. – National Library

Finally an equilibrium is established, and the aladtair of obtaining for itself an outward expression, in so far as this need may have once or twice asserted itself, now ceases; outwardly everything is quiet and calm, and far within, in its little secret recess, grief dwells like a prisoner hannat guarded in a subterranean dungeon, who spends year after year in monotonously moving back and forth within its little enclosure, never weary of traversing sorrow’s longer or shorter path.

Commentaries and introductions are not the same.

In signing off he had speculated on the fate of someone who “puts himself outside the universal,” [5] even hinting at the possibility of a “more noble sense” of being “out of the common. It seems to me that I have not drunk from the cup of wisdom but have fallen into it. Penguin Books,p. Indeed, he would be indignant if anyone said to him, just as the lover resents it if someone said that he came to a standstill in love; for, he would answer, I am by no means standing still.

Abraham, and Abraham answered: Everyone shall be remembered, but everyone was great wholly in proportion to the magnitude of that akastair which he struggled.


Thus, still from alastai a religious framework, the past can be transformed from being a “source of guilt and resentment” into an “opportunity to develop wisdom and compassion” p. This is why Job’s life is tragic; surrounded by misunderstanding friends, by a ridiculing wife, he suffers.

Kierkegaard steers the reader to Hegel’s book Elements of the Philosophy of Right especially the chapter on “The Good and Conscience ” where he writes, “It is the right of the subjective will that it should regard as good what it recognizes as authoritative. It adds to suffering an element of patience. Lee, Sharon Krishek, John J. What is the ethical? Carlisle notes how the preface and epilogue, neither of which mentions the biblical account that is Fear and Trembling ‘s raw material, frame and situate the issues raised.

Fear and Trembling

Abraham is not a tragic hero, for he cannot claim, like Jephtah or the Roman consul, a higher ethical justification for his deed. Kierkegaard says, “wishing to be in the wrong is an expression of an infinite relationship, and wanting to be in the right, or finding it painful to be in the wrong, is an expression of a finite relationship!

The virtues of this long chapter, and the effort that has gone into it, will be evident to anyone embarking on it.

The main point of the references to Hegel here is to criticize Heiberg and Martensen and not any particular doctrine in Hegel’s philosophy. Fear and Trembling ‘s feat, by “hold[ing] apart the religious and ethical spheres” in the way presented by Johannes de silentio’s dilemma, is to reveal “the kind of inward decision” required by faith but which a “supposedly Christian culture of [Kierkegaard’s] time” conveniently passed over. The Exordium is followed by the Eulogy on Abraham. But he did not doubt; he looked ad to the right nor to the left; he did not challenge heaven with his complaints.