Cambridge Core – Philosophy Texts – Kierkegaard: Concluding Unscientific Postscript. Cambridge Core – Theology – Kierkegaard’s ‘Concluding Unscientific Postscript’ – edited by Rick Anthony Furtak. One of the most noteworthy features of Kierkegaard’s Concluding Unscientific Postscript: A Critical Guide is that it lives up to its subtitle.

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Is it more essential that a prayer be genuine with regard to matters of “objective” concern — i. The Johns Hopkins UP,pp.

The title of the work is ironic because the Postscript is almost five times larger than the Fragments. This is a regrettable missed opportunity: So I will focus on the Postscript ‘s best-known and most incendiary sentence.

None of these essays is narrowly focused on any minor issue or local question; instead each one concerns a major point, generally one that has implications for understanding the Postscript as a whole or even more broadly, the Climacan authorship.


Most important among these is her refreshing assertion postscirpt. Henry Allison in fact argued for just such a Wittgensteinian reading of the Postscript.

The receiver must experience or have experienced what is being communicated, not just hear it. Hannay’s offerings are deservedly popular: This does not suffice to solve the riddle of the Revocation.

Yet the Postscript also insists echoing the project of Philosophical Crumbs[9] the book to which it is a postscript that the true Christian’s task differs from, and indeed is far harder than, Socrates’ examined life.


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Marilyn Gaye Piety Oxford: Piety persuasively supports her conclusion with a detailed analysis of the different senses of truth at work in the Concludinf. The second-stage Hong edition concludint it similarly: Johannes Climacus means “John of the Ladder”; it is the sobriquet of a sixth-century abbot, author of the meditative guide The Ladder of Divine Ascent. She wrote the following in Gad,p. But how cruel and false of you, I thought, if you use it to terrify others, perhaps upset every so many happy, loving lives that may very well be truly Christian.

And yet this may also be the highest earnestness. It compares a pious idolater, unsciemtific who prays to his idol “with all the passion of postscriprto a Christian who pays mere lip service to the genuine God. In other projects Wikiquote. In Kierkegaard’s usage, the name is likely meant to echo the Postscript ‘s own ladder-like attempt to use reason to scale the heights of a Christianity that defies understanding. In what follows I touch on some of the essays that resonated most powerfully on my reading, in part doubtless because they speak to my own interests in the text.

Against this view, the Postscript insists that Christianity’s Truth unscientitic validation by, and hence assimilation to, objective thinking. No, I had another interpretation of it.


The Postscript famously, and to some notoriously, kierkegaadd the latter standard of authenticity. He was referring to Kierkegaard’s distrust of system builders which he discussed in The Concluding Unscientific Postscript p. Oxford UP,pp. Retrieved from ” https: Johannes Climacus has so delineated the ethico-religious life that Christianity becomes an intensification of subjectivity and its pathos.

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I had a fear and trembling such as perhaps no one else had. The kierkegaad two contributions do focus on more specific textual issues than many of the others, but again each has a direct bearing on the interpretation of the work as a whole.

The first began during the Great Depression, and was something of a religious stage. The Hongs prized consistency and literal precision, if at times at the expense of English flow.

This turns out to require some account of the content of Christian faith. This concerns the character of genuine prayer.

This, according to Hannay, is why the Postscript ‘s revocation should not detract from the book’s value as an analysis of Christianity. A general reservation about this collection of essays: