Kierkegaard, Fear and Trembling: Dialectical Lyric by Johannes de silentio.

Kierkegaard, Fear and Trembling: Dialectical Lyric by Johannes de silentio.

Kierkegaard, Søren. Fear and Trembling: Dialectical Lyric by Johannes de silentio. Translated with an introduction by Alastair Hannay. London, Penguin Books, 1987. 13 x 20cm. 158 pages. Original softcover. Excellent condition with only minor signs of external wear. Inscribed with previous owner’s name. [Penguin Classics].

Writing under the pseudonym of ‘Johannes de silentio’, Kierkegaard uses the form of a dialectical lyric to present his coneption of faith through a discussion of the scene in Genesis in which Abraham prepares to sacrifice his son Isaac at God’s command. Believing Abraham’s unreserved obedience to be the essential leap of faith needed to make a full commitment to his religion, Kierkegaard himself made great sacrifices in order to dedicate his life entirely to his philosophy and to God. The conviction shown in this religious polemic – that a man can have an exceptional mission in life – informed all Kierkegaard’s later writings. His ‘teleological suspension of the ethical’ challenged the contemporary views of Hegel’s universal moral system, and was also hugely influential for both protestant theology and the existentialist movement. This Penguin Classics edition is translated from the Danish with an introduction by Alistair Hannay. His introduction evaluates Kierkegaard’s philosophy and the ways in which it conflicted with more accepted contemporary views.

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Kierkegaard, Fear and Trembling: Dialectical Lyric by Johannes de silentio.
Kierkegaard, Fear and Trembling: Dialectical Lyric by Johannes de silentio.