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He is remembered for his philosophy, which was influential in the development of 20th century existentialism. Alastair Hannay is Professor of Philosophy at the. 1 Homing in on Fear and Trembling. 6. Alastair Hannay. 2 Fear and Trembling’s “ Attunement” as midrash. Jacob Howland. 3 Johannes de silentio’s dilemma. The perfect books for the true book lover, Penguin’s Great Ideas series features twelve more groundbreaking works by some of history’s most prodigious.

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He resigned himself to the three-and-a-half-day journey and to the loss of his son. And here he stood on the mountain early in the morning, the old man alwstair his one and only hope.

He knew it was the weightiest sacrifice God could ask, but he also knew that nothing was too great for God.

Does she find this frustrating, or is it a convenient means of paragraph-prevention? Bernard Martin asked, “Was the revelation to the biblical Abraham of the divine command to sacrifice his son, we may ask following Kierkegaarddemonic possession or ecstasy? It was reviewed in Kierkegaard’s own time and his response to the review is in Kierkegaard’s Journals. Should such a conflict develop, the faithful self must follow Abraham in forgoing desire and suspending duty-even if this means sacrificing one’s own son or forsaking one’s beloved.

Croxall, Pantheon Books p. Account Options Sign in. For the film, see Fear and Trembling film.

Fear and Trembling

Where are the proofs? Like the messenger in the book’s “enigmatic epigraph,” unaware that he is conveying instructions to put the leaders of Gabii to death and who can only report that Tarquin cut off the heads of the tallest poppies p. Another scholar writes, “By writing about Abraham, Kierkegaard can perform a pantomime of walking along the patriarch’s path, but he will remain incapable of the leap of faith that was necessary to accomplish the sacrifice.


Monotony exercises in the course of time a benumbing influence upon the mind. Or would we prefer continually to be in the right in the way irrational creatures are?

Of course, we all know the outcome of the story. Commentaries and introductions are not the same. The Journals Writing Sampler. This is a purely philosophical movement that I venture to make when it is demanded and can discipline myself to make, because every time some finitude will take power over me, I starve myself into submission until I make the movement, for my hanhay consciousness is my love for God, and for me that is the highest of all.

Fear and Trembling – Wikipedia

I have sought to find the principle for my life through resignation [Resignation], by supposing that since everything proceeds according to inscrutable rtembling it could not be otherwise, by blunting my ambitions and the antennae of my vanity. Journals I A Ethics forbade it as well as aesthetics. But this movement I cannot make. To explain the unutterable joy [42] -what does that mean?

Taylor Fordham University Press, p. Finally an equilibrium is established, and the need of obtaining for itself an outward expression, in so far as this need may have once or twice asserted itself, now ceases; outwardly everything is quiet and calm, and far within, in its little secret recess, grief dwells like a prisoner strictly guarded in a subterranean dungeon, who spends year after year in monotonously moving back and forth within its little enclosure, never weary of traversing sorrow’s longer or shorter path.


What a progress since those ages when only a few knew it. In other projects Wikiquote. The impression we receive is of a Johannes de silentio constructed to carry out a special mission.

Offering great literature in great packages at great prices, this series is ideal for those readers who want to explore and savor the Great Ideas that have shaped our world. Hans; Spence, C. Since the outside chapters are, to this reviewer’s mind, more open to critical comment than the extended commentary, the main focus here is on these, with only the following brief account of the second chapter.

Or is he a different person when he judges his act then when he acts? But the more the object of observation belongs to the world of the spirit, the more important is the way he himself is constituted in his innermost nature, because everything spiritual is appropriated only in freedom; alatair what is appropriated in freedom is also brought forth.

Next is his Exordium. He sees himself encumbered with an enormous mass of concerns; everyone else smiles at him and sees nothing.