Problema One - Patricia Abrudan On Problema I from Fear and...

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Patricia Abrudan On Problema I from Fear and Trembling In the beginning of Problema I the question asked is “Is there a Teleological Suspension of the Ethical?”. In other words Kierkegaard is asking if there is a greater reason for an individual to go above and/or beyond the ethical(universal). In order to understand what Kierkegaard believes from reading Abraham's story one must start off by elaborating on the differences between the universal(ethical) and the single individual. For Hegel it seems that the individual is a “moral form of evil” because of the reasoning that the ethical is the highest point of existence we can achieve. Even so, S. Kierkegaard points out that if our highest point of existence requires us to be ethical then Abraham's actions suggest that he was a murderer because he went above his moral/ethical reasoning in order to kill his son. Therefore, according to Hegel the ethical/universal is greater than the individual but according to Kierkegaard there must be something even greater to understand Abraham's actions as not that of a murderer. This paradoxical 'something' is the idea of Faith because by believing in faith, the individual
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This note was uploaded on 05/04/2011 for the course PHL 180A taught by Professor Miller during the Fall '10 term at Miami University.

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Problema One - Patricia Abrudan On Problema I from Fear and...

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