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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David Law also indirectly joins in this debate in his piece when he writes that Although Climacus repeatedly states that Christianity is not a doctrine but an existence-communication, this should not be taken to mean conclkding he holds that Christianity lacks doctrinal content. This analysis issues in not only the important reminder cited above but also a clarifying claim that ought really to change the shape of the current debates.

Views Read Edit View history. A second stage, which postsccript is tempting to call “ethical”, was launched in the s by Howard and Edna Hong of St. On her reading then, truth is admittedly elusive for Climacus, but not in the same way for objective truth as for ethical-religious truth. A Critical Guide is that it lives up to its subtitle. Focuses on what is asserted. 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.

And Kierkegaard himself should not be called the father of modern existentialism. uunscientific

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What is more, it brings Kierkegaard’s painstaking use of grammar, so central to his philosophical method, one step closer to the English reader. Material being is merely quantitative being.


Subjective truth is essential or ethico-religious truth. It was as alien as it could possibly be to my nature to want to terrify others, and therefore I both sadly and perhaps also a bit proudly found my joy in comforting others and in being gentleness itself to them-hiding the terror in my own interior being.

This is a regrettable missed opportunity: Such radical subjectivism about faith is not, however, the actual thrust of the famous line.

But no birth is without birth-pangs and no revelation is without an experience of suffering. Cambridge UPp. Hannay’s offerings are deservedly popular: Eduard Geismar was an early lecturer on the works of Soren Kierkegaard.

Farewells are exchanged in the confidence that the sun will rise, that we will awake, that the world will return, that our friends will not enter the grave in the night — even as we know that a final farewell awaits, when there will be no tomorrow, when we will not awake, when the beloved will not return Then he steps back, prudently, from the scene.

These puzzles are thick and knotted. I conclude with some thoughts as to topics that might be explored in greater depth in future scholarship.


This reading was revived in the s by James Conant; it remains hotly disputed. Objective truth is that which relates to propositions, that which has no relation to the existence of the knower. As Mooney puts it. Although Climacus repeatedly states that Christianity is not a doctrine but an existence-communication, this should not be taken to mean that he holds that Christianity lacks doctrinal content.


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And it is here that the book’s trouble begins. And a second great merit of Hannay’s Postscript is that it addresses them head-on, in a lucid Introduction. Yet it is unlikely to replace the Hong edition in scholarly circles. The Christian revelation is not a set of propositions, but a creative act of the individual who has been prepared to receive kierkegawrd in part by the very discipline of human idealism, and who through this creative act becomes a new creature.


Emil Brunner mentioned Kierkegaard iierkegaard times in his book Man in Revolt and wrote a semi-serious parody of Kierkegaard’s idea of truth as subjectivity by making truth objectivity in Examples abound, but I have room for only one. The phrase Everything is relative is spoken emphatically by the very people for whom the atom or its elements are still the ultimate reality.

A new translation under the corrected title has recently appeared: The title of the work is ironic because the Postscript is almost five times larger than the Fragments. An Essay in Experimental Psychologytr.

Kierkegaard shows that neither historically nor speculatively can we have objective knowledge of Christianity’s truth or of its untruth.