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Perhaps a better question to ask is the inverse: whether traditional religion is compatible with existential philosophy; Kierkegaard's existential beliefs certainly affected his view of the role of religion, to the point that his theology was extremely controversial among his contemporaries. Existentialism doesn't necessarily require the outright rejection ...


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There's no evidence that Nietzsche read Kierkegaard; the latter had not been translated into German. However, there is strong evidence that Nietzsche knew of Kierkegaard through the secondary literature; furthermore, Georges Brandes was a clear link between the two of them. As you have noticed, there are certainly a lot of parallels between their thought, ...


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In very broad strokes: All of the definitions you propose for "dialectic" share a common, crucial factor: that truth is not static, but something that unfolds via a back-and-forth process. Plato, the scholastics, Hegel, and Kierkegaard all subscribe to this notion, and the differences in usage between them are secondary when viewed in this manner. ...


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God is negotiable under existential tenets, as is any other exigency. Just as neither the weather in Brazil nor the affairs of Peter Pan bear much impact on a day to day accounting of life for me, neither does god; it is not to say the same for others' accounting.


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An existentialist philosophy is nothing more than a philosophy who's subject is human life and the human experience. The substance and particulars of existentialism cover a wide spectrum of beliefs and ideas.


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Well, there is a scholarly consensus that the use of pseudonyms was highly significant; I don't know of any Kierkegaard scholars who argue that it isn't meaningful. Here's Kierkegaard himself on the subject: "... As is well-known, my authorship has two parts: one pseudonymous and the other signed. The pseudonymous writers are poetic creations, poetically ...


6

It is simply an analogy, in the context of the discussion regarding Søren Kierkegaard's quest for the knight of faith : People commonly travel around the world to see rivers and mountains, new stars, [...]. This does not interest me. But if I knew where there was such a knight of faith, I would make a pilgrimage to him on foot, for this prodigy interests ...


5

Warning: Not a Kierkegaard expert. Here's a commentary of the passage you quoted: If Kierkegaard is correct, rather than being ourselves, we tend to conform to an image or idea associated with being a certain type of person. That's what Kierkegaard means by belonging to an "abstraction" (an image or idea) created by "reflection" (self conscious thinking)...


5

I think your professor has misled you deeply or ironically. But Kaufmann is probably no better of a source either about Kierkegaard. For Kierkegaard, you should be a Christian, and it is absurd in certain senses, but it is not we could say "metaphysically" absurd. Instead, it's that it will appear as absurd for someone who has not taken the leap, and it ...


5

they abandon themselves to the bestial stupor which gapes at existence, and they think they have seen something. This rather looks like an early critique of what much later Edward Said calls Orientalism. Said commented as someone born and brought up in the middle-East he couldn't see the texture of life he knew in the representations of such in art & ...


5

You can probably jump in, but don't get discouraged if you get lost and confused. Kierkegaard's writing is very confusing most of the time. But as you keep reading you can find points which he makes incredibly lucid, all nestled within often confusing larger works. Either/Or I probably wouldn't recommend as a first reading, but you've already read the ...


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The passage is a bit difficult to follow and if memory serves there's quite a bit of literature out there trying to figure out exactly what the distinction between a knight of faith and knight of infinite resignation is. For de Silentio (who also claims to not understand faith), the crucial distinction is that the knight of infinite resignation gets to be a ...


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Well, I have not read any of Kierkegaard's writings (but I'd like to at some point). However, an author who uses pseudonyms usually does so to distance themselves from the works that are attributed to the false name. Sometimes authors take up pseudonyms in order to be free from social or political problems if their true identities became known. According ...


4

Much of the answer to this depends on what you mean by 'atheism.' As the opposite of 'theism,' that form of atheism is just as dogmatic as what it seems to reject. The existential project looks at the event in the present in all its contingencies, so our relationship to a deeper or 'divine' reality might well be part of that. This a/theism does not affirm ...


4

Kierkegaard is making a metaphysical and epistemological investigation. If you reflect on what you, as a human being and especially your spirit or what ever you want to call it is, you realize that: You are wondering about yourself (you relate to yourself) This relationship that relates to itself, is itself set on this earth (the negative unity) Figuring ...


4

I read this as a comment on what Sartre would later describe as bad faith. Kierkegaard is seemingly having a wonderful time at the party, but he is like an actor playing a role. He is untrue to his real self. The essential emptiness of the experience leads him to a place of despair. The fact that no one seemed to notice the deception just makes it worse -...


4

I haven't read Richard Schmitt which makes me hesitant to answer the question as to what he means, but I can address the quote and what Kierkegaard means. First, the idea is not singular to Kierkegaard. It, in fact, traces back to Aristotle. For Aristotle, we are animals -- but we are animals who join to being animals some form of rationality. Being ...


3

Kierkegaard discusses Christianity - and what he thinks of it - in a number of pseudonymic works. In fact, it could be argued that there isn't a work in which he doesn't deal with Christianity. Christianity is central to his thought. If you are looking for particular works of his in which his ideas of Christianity are discussed, I recommend looking in ...


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There is a footnote in Postscript which is very useful here: "There is no excluding dialectics. It may be that a generation, perhaps two, can live in the belief of having found a barricade that is the end of the world and of dialectics. That doesn’t help. Thus, for a long time it was thought possible to exclude dialectics from faith by saying that it was ...


3

The answer to your question depends largely on what it is you wish to get out of Kierkegaard's works. If you're unsure whether reading the theological works are worth the effort, there are several resources that can help you decide: one is D. Anthony Storm's excellent Kierkegaard website which contains summaries and analyses of all of Kierkegaard's works; ...


3

There's three answers in the literature with respect to this question. First, there are certain postmodern readers (I'm thinking of a Derrida text but could be mistaken) who take the pseudonyms very seriously and think there's no author behind them (since they accept the death of the author as a matter of semiotics and structuralism). The thing they like is ...


3

The definition you're getting from your dictionary reflects one contemporary usage of the word subjectivity. But the word has had many meanings. The most basic meaning is "that which inheres in a subject". A long time ago (scholastic medieval period), this would mean following Aristotle, that which is true of a substance in itself -- without being ...


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I don't know much about Kierkegaard, but this summary from Wikipedia seems to explain the issue you're running into: The leap of faith is his conception of how an individual would believe in God or how a person would act in love. Faith is not a decision based on evidence that, say, certain beliefs about God are true or a certain person is worthy of love. ...


3

Kierkegaard is not using "faith" to mean belief in God, but rather trust in God. From Kierkegaard's point of view, the big question is not whether or not you believe God exists, but whether or not you are willing to have absolute trust in God --and God's ability to transcend the limits of what you can personally conceive as possible. For Kierkegaard ...


3

I think the judgment of the headline much outweighs the evidence of the quote, which is most naturally read as a satire on the tourist mentality. Kierkegaard is making fun of those who scour the globe in search of "exotic" entertainment, without ever gaining much of value from it. While it's quite possible he's talking about other races with the phrase "...


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As the comments indicate, this diary entry was private, and not meant to convey any message, except perhaps a reminder to its author. It is however characteristic of some central themes in Kierkegaard's philosophy (and life). Namely, coming face to face with your own existence, and its meaning or meaninglessness, through crisis and the contemplation of death....


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They're actually similar in a lot of ways. For a defense of similarities see Stewart Kierkegaard's Relation to Hegel Reconsidered (https://www.amazon.com/Kierkegaards-Relations-Reconsidered-European-Philosophy/dp/0521039517). For more of the opposite, read Thulstrup's Kierkegaard's relation to Hegel. Maybe to boil it down quite a bit, It's not clear how ...


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Repetition is a key concept for Kierkegaard, and he often uses it to depict a (generally vain) attempt to recapture an previous experience, typically one of aesthetic transcendence. As far as I know, Kierkegaard uses "remember" just in an ordinary sense, it's something you used to know that you can call back to mind, and he does superficially seem to use "...


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See at least: Alastair Hannay, Kierkegaard: A Biography (2003), page 46: He [Søren] entered the university in October with the good grades in all his entry examinations expected of a pupil from the School of Civic Virtue, and with distinction (laud prae ceteris) in Greek, history, French, and – to his fellow-pupils’ great surprise – Danish composition. ...


3

Kierkegaard wrote 'The Diary of a Seducer' but nowhere are his views on sexuality, virginity, chastity fully stated or worked out in fine detail. ▻ SEX AND SIN Kierkegaard does not regard sex as sinful, so he would not regard virginity as a way of avoiding sin. His own formula is that sex and sin came into the world together. ('Concept of Anxiety', 1844, ...


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