L5_KierkegaardSummary-Appendix - PHI 310 Lecture 5....

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PHI 310 Lecture 5. Appendix. Kierkegaard Summary. Major points of Kierkegaard’s critique of systematic, rationalistic philosophy: i.the speculative philosopher is concerned with abstractions and universals; he loses sight of the particular, concrete, existing individual; ii.the objective tendency requires the individual to view issues as a spectator and not as a participant; it thereby turns the issues considered into ones that have no significance for the existing individual. Thus, the problems that concern the speculative philosopher are existentially irrelevant . Objections that Kierkegaard raises to the system: i.the system emphasizes finality , whereas the ideal of persistence striving expresses the existing subject’s view of life; ii.the system deals with the concept of existence, but individual existence cannot be reduced to a concept; it’s the most concrete reality, the life as such; iii.the system attempts to understand and express reality in writing, but one cannot directly communicate the subject matter of existentialism by the use of language, which is necessarily abstract; iv.systematic philosophy cannot give us knowledge of reality since, for
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L5_KierkegaardSummary-Appendix - PHI 310 Lecture 5....

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