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Dilemmatic deliberations in Kierkegaard's fear and trembling

Watts, D (2011) 'Dilemmatic deliberations in Kierkegaard's fear and trembling.' Faith and Philosophy, 28 (2). 174 - 189. ISSN 0739-7046

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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 > Philosophy and Art History, School of
Depositing User: Daniel Watts
Date Deposited: 29 Jun 2012 15:02
Last Modified: 04 Feb 2019 12:15

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