Kierkegaard lecture 9

Kierkegaard lecture 9 - they have a permanent position and...

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The incomprehensible = inexplicable = unspeakable The particular defies all the philosophical categories The particular, the subjectivity implies a new category of understanding “It is not to save a people, not to uphold the idea of the state, not to appease angry gods that Abraham does it… While the tragic hero is therefore great by his ethical virtue, Abraham is great by a purely personal virtue (subjective truth) The knight of faith gives up certainty for something, that is higher than the universal.
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Contradiction, conflict – inherent to human existence Kierkegaard contradicts Hegel, who wants to provide a secure system of knowledge. For him, the relationship to divinity is not mediated through intellectual knowledge, but through an absolute relation between the particular human being and God. For Kierkegaard, tension and contradiction represent forces that push forward the human existence.
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“Associate professors” “Secured in life, they live in their thoughts;
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Unformatted text preview: they have a permanent position and secure prospects in a well-organized state; they have centuries or indeed even millennia between themselves and the earthquakes of existence; they do not fear that such things can be repeated , for what indeed would the police and newspapers say? (p.55) Particular higher than the universal, subjective higher than objective The justification of the one who embraces the paradox, the virtue of absurd, the subjective truth is not mediated (by the universal), but is deeply particular and, thanks to this quality, higher than the universal. The subjective truth is inexplicable, sometimes unspeakable. Thats why the religious act is for Kierkegaard an individual matter: Abraham is therefore at no moment a tragic hero but something entirely different, either a murderer or a believer. Abraham lacks the middle term that saves the tragic hero (p.49)...
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