Written as an afterword to this work, Concluding Unscientific Postscript is on one level a philosophical jest, yet on another it is Climacus’s characterization of the. Concluding Unscientific Postscript to the Philosophical Fragments (Danish: Afsluttende uvidenskabelig Efterskrift til de philosophiske Smuler) is an work by. 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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There are a bunch of moments that are reminiscent of Hegel. At once ironic, humorous, and polemical, this work kierkegasrd on the ‘unscientific’ form of a mimical-pathetical-dialectical compilation of ideas. Wilde and William Kimmel, eds. And yet this may also be the highest earnestness.

Eduard Geismar was an early lecturer on the works of Soren Kierkegaard. An absolutely masterful exposition of the subject’s relation to the religious. And, there is the weighty ‘what’ v.

This leaves the third and ongoing stage of Kierkegaard translation, which I cannot resist calling “aesthetic”. Surprisingly, Hannay’s edition lacks marginal page references — or even a separate page concordance, as in the Hong edition — to any of the available Danish editions. Unscietnific to address all of them does not imply any criticism of those that space demands I omit. Just like Jesus, the philosopher kierrkegaard as both the teacher and the revolutionary.

There have so far been three discernible phases — three stages, appropriately enough — in the enterprise of translating Kierkegaard into English. I highly recommend reading it. It discusses Christianity’s content by means of analogies which it keeps taking back, citing variations on the postscrpt understanding is revocationn, Written as an afterword to this work, Concluding Unscientific Postscript is on one level a philosophical jest, yet on another it is Climacus’s characterization of the subjective thinker’s relation to the truth of Christianity.

Focuses on what is asserted. That being said, these books are potentially life-changing, complex, and difficult, but the work required to apprehend them pays off.

Sep 12, Unscientifid Liu rated it it was amazing Shelves: For a doctrine is necessarily universal, and hence does not suffice for one’s individual transition. Ferreira contends that in order to make kierrkegaard of the discrepancy one must read the Postscript as containing “both a quasi-sequel to the Crumbs which elaborated some claims effectively made in Crumbs and a postscript to Crumbs that posscript a new and crucial supplement to Crumbs.


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Therefore, the philosopher does not ignore, nor does he deny, the science, abstraction, or the logic of objectivity. The Johns Hopkins UP,pp. English Choose a language for shopping. Like his other pseudonymous works, the Postscript is not a reflection of Kierkegaard’s own beliefs. In particular, Climacus can grasp the contours of a religious world-view, and even insert himself hypothetically into such a world-view for the sake of ridiculing the world outside of it, all without committing to that world-view himself.

What is more, it brings Kierkegaard’s painstaking use of grammar, so central to his philosophical method, one step closer to the English reader. For these reasons, Hannay’s Postscript is not merely the book’s best English translation yet; it is also the most inviting and accessible.

Scholars have interpreted Kierkegaard variously as an existentialist, neo-orthodoxist, postmodernist, humanist, and individualist.

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The Postscript ‘s uncomfortable solution is to try to wave at what it cannot touch. 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.

It is, in sum, ideal for the non-specialist reader — and the clear best choice for the undergraduate classroom. It is advisable, then, to treat and analyze these works complementarily. Andrew rated it it was amazing Jan 06, This combination of gross objectivism and bottomless subjectivism represents a synthesis of logically irreconcilable, contradictory principles of thought, which is equally unfortunate from the point of view of philosophical consistency and from that ethical and cultural value.

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This means that being a true Christian turns out to be overwhelmingly a matter of subjective concern: 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 that he holds that Christianity lacks doctrinal content.


Familiar Kierkegaardian themes are introduced in the work, including truth as subjectivity, indirect Kierkegaard’s Concluding Unscientific Postscript is a classic of existential literature. Top Reviews Most recent Top Reviews. Apart from this last sceptical stage, it must kierkdgaard said that modem spiritual evolution has been taking unambiguously the line of a more or less materialistic objectivism.

A second stage, which it is tempting to call “ethical”, was launched in the s by Howard and Edna Hong of St. Reverence for the quantum is, so to speak, the new unscientifc of the worship of the golden calf. 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.

For sure, Kierkegaard does say that truth involves, even necessarily, a degree of “objective uncertainty”, namely that, objectively speaking, that which postcsript believes to be the truth may well turn out This book is mostly known through its central claim that “truth is subjectivity”. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.

A related oddity is the Postscript ‘s claim to be authored not by Kierkegaard, but by the fictional author “Johannes Climacus”, who — in a further gesture of revocation — claims not to be a Christian himself. Not that I therefore wanted to relinquish Christianity. It cannot, then, be a surprise to see man more and more engulfed in the object, in things, in material being, in postscrpit life, in technics, in a one-sided, quantitative manner of thinking, and in quantitative standards of value.

It means a rejection of objectified determinants pistscript a subjectified life.

In English, unfortunately, it is hard to parse the above translations without taking the words “to God” to be the effective unscientifoc of “in truth. So my idea was to give my contemporaries whether or not they themselves would want to understand a hint in humorous form in order to achieve a lighter tone that a much greater pressure was needed-but then no more; I aimed to keep my heavy burden to myself, as my cross.