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Dilemmatic Deliberations In Kierkegaard’s Fear and Trembling

Watts, Daniel (2011) 'Dilemmatic Deliberations In Kierkegaard’s Fear and Trembling.' Faith and Philosophy, 28 (2). pp. 174-189. ISSN 0739-7046

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Abstract

My central claim in this paper is that Kierkegaard's Fear and Trembling is governed by the basic aim to articulate a real dilemma, and to elicit its proper recognition as such. I begin by indicating how Kierkegaard's works are shaped in general by this aim, and what the aim involves. I then show how the dilemmatic structure of Fear and Trembling is obscured in a recent dispute between Michelle Kosch and John Lippitt regarding the basic aims and upshot of the book. Finally, I consider two critical questions: Why does Kierkegaard present his dilemmatic reasoning in the form of a "dialectical lyric"? And why does he write a book that aims only to articulate a dilemma, and not also to resolve it?

Item Type: Article
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > B Philosophy (General)
B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BL Religion
B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BR Christianity
Divisions: Faculty of Humanities
Faculty of Humanities > Philosophy and Art History, School of
SWORD Depositor: Elements
Depositing User: Elements
Date Deposited: 29 Jun 2012 15:02
Last Modified: 15 Jan 2022 00:49
URI: http://repository.essex.ac.uk/id/eprint/2656

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