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Kierkegaard lecture - • “If one generation succeeded another like the singing of birds in the forest if the human race passed through the world

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Course 3 Kierkegaard, Fear and Trembling (1843)
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Abraham’s sacrifice
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Fear and Trembling In 1849, Kierkegaard wrote in his journal: “Oh, once I am dead - then Fear and Trembling alone will be enough to give me the name of an immortal author: then it will be read and translated into foreign languages. The reader will almost shrink from the frightful pathos in the book”.
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Difference ethical disorder - faith Sacrificing the other and not the one who is the most beloved Dominated by obedience and not by “fear and trembling” Truth is subject to a strict ethical law and not to love
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Ages of faith “In our age nobody stops at faith but goes further” (p.4) “In those olden days it was different; then faith was a lifelong task because it was assumed that proficiency in believing is not achieved in either days or weeks” (p. 5)
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Why do we need faith?
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Unformatted text preview: • “If one generation succeeded another like the singing of birds in the forest, if the human race passed through the world as a ship through the sea, as the wind through the desert, a thoughtless and futile activity, if an eternal oblivion always hungrily lay in wait for its prey and there were no power strong enough to snatch it away – then how empty and hopeless life would be” (p. 12). Love as measure of greatness • “No one who was great in the world will be forgotten, but each was great in his own way, and each in proportion to the greatness of what he loved” (p. 13) • The one who loved himself – became great by expecting the possible • The one who loved other persons became great by expecting the eternal • The one who loved God became great by expecting the impossible...
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This note was uploaded on 10/18/2008 for the course PHIL 373 taught by Professor Ilia during the Fall '08 term at McGill.

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Kierkegaard lecture - • “If one generation succeeded another like the singing of birds in the forest if the human race passed through the world

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