Kierkegaard lecture 3

Kierkegaard lecture 3 - • “He left one thing behind...

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Faith comprehension Faith comprehension cannot be equated with the intellectual comprehension Why? “…his enthusiasm became stronger and stronger and yet he could understand the story less and less” (p. 7)
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A major dilemma “And God tested Abraham and said to him, take Isaac, your only son, whom you love, and go to the land of Moriah and offer him there as a burnt offering upon a mountain that I will show you” (Genesis 22: I-2)
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Abraham is inventing faith His truth arises from an impossibility, from a dilemma which is shadowing his life What kind of truth does he invent? Truth that belongs to love (not to knowledge) Truth higher than the intellectual knowledge Truth higher than the ethical law
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Kierkegaard’s scenarios First scenario – false knowledge, counterfeits Second scenario – doubt, absurdity Third scenario – ethical demands Fourth scenario – contradiction ethical demands / religious faith
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Abraham’s faith
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Unformatted text preview: • “He left one thing behind and took one thing with him” (p. 14)… “He left his worldly understanding behind and took faith with him” • “And he stood there, the old man with his only hope! But he did not doubt, he did not look anxiously to the right or to the left, he did not challenge heaven with his appeals. • He knew it was God the Almighty who tested him, he knew it was the hardest sacrifice that could be demanded of him, but he also knew that no sacrifice was too hard when God demanded it – and he drew the knife” (p.18) The paradox, the absurd • “Abraham gained everything and kept Isaac” (p. 19) • “Anyone who looks upon this scene becomes paralyzed”… “Anyone who looks upon this scene becomes blind” (p. 19) • “Can one speak candidly about Abraham without running the risk that an individual in mental confusion might go and do likewise?” (p. 25)...
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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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