Problem 1: Is there such a thing as a teleological suspension of the ethical? In Fear and Trembling, Kierkegaard presents 3 problems for. The fourth chapter of Kierkegaard’s Fear and Trembling, Problem III, asks “Was Abraham ethically defensible in keeping silent about Posted by אני at PM. FEAR AND TREMBLING / PROBLEM III: Was Abraham ethically defensible in keeping silent about his purpose before Sarah, before Eleazar.

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Abraham chooses to be “the exception” and set aside the general law, as well as does the aesthetic individual; but, note well: Kierkegaard and his modern followers entertain an altogether different idea of choice.

When Christianity entered into the world, there were no professors or assistant professors whatever-then it was a paradox for all. If an agnostic read this problem, and had no idea as to what god saves a person, they would be lead to believe that any faith would change their teleological doom. The double meaning is clear, Abraham is both the father who brings his son as an offering, and Kierkegaard who offers Regine.

They give effect to a prior determination which underlies and guides them. Kierkegaard says, “Infinite resignation is the last stage before faith, oroblema anyone who has not made this movement does not have faith, for only in infinite resignation does an individual become conscious of porblema eternal validity, and only then can one speak of grasping existence by virtue of faith.

How does this express a higher ethical ideal?

He couldn’t explain to Regine how it happened that he changed anymore than Cordelia could explain what happened between her and the seducer in The Seducer’s Diary. Such is the case in the return of Isaac to Abraham, who according to Davenport cannot truly be considered a murderer. We then recognized the state as the moral whole and the reality frar freedom, and consequently as the objective unity of these two elements.



By continuing to use this website, you agree to their use. You are commenting using your Facebook account. From the Christian perspective, this crucial decision is of eternal significance.

This puts the ethical and the personal the aesthetic at odds.

He who loved himself became great by virtue of himself, and he who loved other men became great by his devotedness, but he who loved God became greatest of all. Grief and joy can both keep an individual quiet in inward reflection, perhaps its a mixture of both that Abraham felt.

He keeps absolute silence about the whole affair. The faith Kierkegaard explains is uniquely different than the ethical, and changes the telos of the beings that adhere to this paradox.

The higher and more distinctively Christian form of religion is set forth in ‘Fear and Trembling, the message of which is illustrated by the fact that Abraham was commanded to do what was ethically wrong, i. Closeness to God is the ultimate goal, because when we are on this earth, and we pray to Him, and he answers, life gets better because he is closer to us because of how we needed Him.

Now he presents his Problemata problems: The Journals Writing Sampler. If this does not happen, if the movement is halted, if it is repressed, then depression sets in. To aid you in understanding Kierkegaard’s Fear and Trembling we have a few articles and summaries: On the other hand, the person who takes it upon himself to explain the paradox, on the assumption that he knows what he wants, will focus directly upon showing that it must be a paradox. Finally an equilibrium is established, and the need of obtaining for itself an outward expression, in so far as this need may have once or twice asserted itself, now ceases; outwardly everything is quiet and calm, and far within, in its little secret recess, grief dwells like a prisoner strictly guarded in a subterranean dungeon, who spends year after year in monotonously moving back and forth within its little enclosure, never weary of traversing sorrow’s longer or shorter path.


A son murders his father, but not until later does he learn that it was his father.

Hegel says, “When I am conscious of my freedom as inner substantive reality, I do not act; yet if I do act and seek principles, I must try to obtain definite characters for my act. The Aesthetic, Ethical and Religious.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Problem II – part 3. Or is he a different person when he judges his act then when he acts? Newer Post Older Post Home. Because they gained the paradoxical faith, they get into Heaven. On the other hand, by faith, says that marvelous knight, by faith you will get her by virtue of the absurd.

Fear and Trembling – Wikipedia

Once again the answer is yes, but in order to reach it Kierkegaard goes through a profound philosophical and literary analysis of ethics. The right of objectivity means that the act must be a change in the actual world, be recognized there, and in general be adequate to what has validity there. Doubt is again set in motion, care again aroused; let us try to calm it by deliberating on: He had faith and had to go no further to please God.

An article from the Encyclopedia of religion and ethics has the following quote, “in writing B’s Papers [59] [Kierkegaard] had personally attained to a deeper grasp of Christianity, and had come to feel that there was a stage of life higher than the ethico-religious standpoint of B.

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