Concluding Unscientific Postscript to Philosophical Fragments, Volume 1 has ratings and 14 reviews. John said: In many ways, this book is necessary w. This chapter offers a reading of Søren Kierkegaard’s philosophical work Concluding Unscientific Postscript to ‘Philosophical Fragments’ to illuminate his ideas. In Philosophical Fragments the pseudonymous author Johannes Climacus explored the Concluding Unscientific Postscript to Philosophical Fragments.

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Classical, Early, and Medieval Prose and Writers: The first total opponent of Hegel’s standpoint was Soren Kierkegaard, cooncluding of modern existentialism. Thomas Ryan rated it it was amazing May 21, His virtue, for the reader, is that he sees the way to the top, while his value depends on his not having got there; for then he would have disappeared from view” xvii.


To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. The necessity of this leap is what gives offense to man and to poatscript human idealism.

In keeping the principle “understanding is revocation”, the appendix specifies that it itself as the book’s “Understanding” is “indeed precisely the book’s Revocation” Instead, the point is that the passionate pagan does indeed fulfill the task of praying to God despite the fact that he gets the objective dimension of his prayer wrong he mistakes an idol for God.

Feb 15, David Tye rated it it was amazing. Much of his work deals with religious themes such as faith in God, the institution of the Christian Church, Christian ethics and theology, and the emotions and feelings of individuals when faced with life choices. Whether you are Christian or not, though particularly if you are, this book could very well be necessary.


Objective knowledge can be communicated directly. Scholars have interpreted Kierkegaard variously as an existentialist, neo-orthodoxist, postmodernist, humanist, and individualist. So I will focus on the Postscript ‘s best-known and most incendiary sentence. It cannot, then, be a surprise to see man more and more engulfed in the object, in things, in material being, in economic life, in technics, in a one-sided, quantitative manner of thinking, and in quantitative standards of value.

Perhaps the most difficult book I’ve read, but worth the struggle. The translation here under review is Hannay’s latest, the Concluding Unscientific Postscriptand his first with Cambridge in the series “Cambridge Texts in the History of Philosophy”.

Feb 29, Dustyn Hessie rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: So it happens that the issue of system versus the Christian faith postscrupt been debated more than a hundred years ago.

I have many ffragments his books.

Concluding Unscientific Postscript to Philosophical Fragments, Volume 1 by Søren Kierkegaard

Stages on Life’s Way. My advice to any prospective reader of Kierkegaard is: Indirect communication requires appropriation on the part of the receiver.

An objectivist understanding of truth expresses itself, therefore, not merely in terms of practical materialism, but also in a general quantification of all life, as it may be seen in the craving for records in sport, in pride in the growth of cities of millions of inhabitants, in respect for the multi-millionaire, in admiration for great political power.

The work is also famous for its dictum, Subjectivity is Truth. History, science, and speculative philosophy all deal with objective knowledge. Aug 04, John Lucy rated it it was amazing. It is an inevitable consequence of the objectivist conception of truth: This article about a book on metaphysics is a stub.

Against Hegel’s system, Kierkegaard is often interpreted as taking the side of metaphysical libertarianism or freewillthough it has been argued that an incompatibilist conception of free will is not essential to Kierkegaard’s formulation of existentialism.


If you want a shorter and slightly easier read you can check out S. It then affirms that the passionate idolater, rather than the passionless Christian, is the one who prays aright: Do those things make one a Christian? The Postscript ‘s uncomfortable solution is to try to wave at what it cannot touch.

In this way, he can appeal to any reader simply delighted in the complexity and movement of language, and not necessarily just the bones-and-grit madcore thinkaholic. This may take a bit of getting used to, but it is an ingenious way to avert confusion.

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There are no discussion topics on this book yet. This, according to Hannay, is why the Postscript ‘s revocation should not detract from the book’s value as an analysis of Christianity. But that would make the identity of the prayer’s addressee utterly irrelevant to the prayer’s status as authentic or inauthentic.

Quotes from Concluding Unscie Apart from this last sceptical stage, it must be said that modem spiritual evolution has been taking unambiguously the line of a more or less materialistic objectivism. Richard Arnot Home Concludjng Cambridge: Lists with This Book. Hannay’s key strength as a translator is his daring. But it does arm readers with the tools necessary to start grappling with it, and in fact that is all that an introduction of this kind should do.