Jenay Faulkner Professor Bernstein Presentation Overall Summary: ● Problema 1 ask the question "Is there a teleological suspension of the ethical?" Ethical as in universal or applying to all at all times. The ethical is the telos, Telos is the endpoint and destination that every soul on earth is to eventually get to or end goal, and there is no telos beyond ethical. ● So what kierkegaard explores is Abraham’s attempted murder on his son and how it applies to the telos and the ethical. According to the ethical, what Abraham almost did was murder: sacrificing his son does not apply in terms of the universal. But if Abraham were not faithful he would have never attempted to murder his son. Thus, suggesting, there must be a teleological suspension of the ethical. Abraham suspended his obligation to the universal to fulfill his higher duty to God. ● Do you think abraham would have been a murderer? Read first paragraph ● The telos of a single individual is to become a part of the universe by invalidating his singularity. And by trying to declare his singularity, he is deviating from the universal, and ultimately sinning ● When one is tempted to assert his particularity the only way he can escape the temptation is surrendering his individuality to the universal or ethical ● So if this is the highest that a man’s existence can be then the ethical and the telos (eternal blessedness) are the same and there can be no suspension ● However that is not the case because by surrendering or suspending the telos one would be forfeiting it, but it is not forfeited it merely saved for something higher ● In the next paragraph he says that if the ethical is the highest we can go, then Hegel is right calling the single individual ‘moral form of evil’ ● But where he is wrong is not condemning Abraham as a murderer
Read Next paragraph ● He is Saying faith is paradoxical in the fact that the single individual can rise above the universal ● So if that is not faith then abraham was lost and faith never existed ● "just because it has always existed." Faith is a category that is unable to be affected by thought, because it cannot be mediated: mediation takes place by virtue of the universal and faith is above the universal. ● Do you think faith is a paradox? ● I can see the paradox in the example of Abraham because his faith was going to excuse the fact that he was going to murder his son. Read Next 2 paragraph ● since abraham acts on the absurd we cannot understand, and acting on the absurd he ascends higher than the universal ● Through the strength of the absurd he got Isaac back proving he is not a tragic hero ●
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