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Fear and Trembling

Lee, Sharon Krishek, John J. Davenport who focus on Abraham’s trust rather than his obedience. Fear and Trembling p. With “Religion and Ethics: Hegel says, “When I am conscious of my freedom as inner substantive reality, I do not act; yet if I do hanany and seek principles, I must try to obtain definite characters for my act.

He split the firewood, he bound Isaac, he lit the fire, he drew the knife. No one could know about it except herself, and yet it rested upon her with an alarming weight. It begins like this, “Once upon a time there was a man who as a child had heard that beautiful story of how God tempted Abraham and of how Abraham withstood the temptation, kept aoastair faith, and, contrary to expectation, got a son a second time.

This can be achieved neither through Schelling’s intellectual intuition nor through what Hegel, flouting Schelling’s idea, wants to put in its place, the inverse operation of the method.

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.

We each have the right to speak or not to speak and the right to act or not to act. In this objective field the right of insight is reckoned as insight into what is legal or illegal, or the actual law. There perhaps are many in every generation who do not come to faith, but no one goes further. I can resign everything by my own strength and find peace and rest in the pain; I can put up with everything—even if that dreadful demon, more horrifying than the skeletal one who terrifies me, even if madness held its fools costume before my eyes and I understood from its face that it was I who should put it on—I can still save my soul as long as my concern that my love of God conquer within me is greater than my concern that I achieve earthly happiness.


We ought to note in particular the trusting and God-devoted disposition, the bold confidence in confronting the test, in freely and undauntedly answering: Where are the proofs? For the film, see Fear and Trembling film. Taylor, of Fordham University writes, “The Abrahamic God is the all-powerful Lord and Master who demands nothing less than the total obedience of his faithful servants.

Retrieved from ” https: Kierkegaard says Hegel was wrong because he didn’t protest against Abraham as the father of faith and call him a murderer. Who then, can prove that I am the proper person to impose, by my choice, my conception of man upon mankind?


Through the publicity of the laws and through general customs the state removes from the right of insight that which is for the subject its formal side.

Would a balance possibly require that in return we assume that there is tremblint one at all who would do it? Abraham nad everything anc did. Does she find this frustrating, or is it a convenient means of paragraph-prevention? They are presented as: Bernard Martin asked, “Was the revelation to the biblical Abraham of the divine command to sacrifice his son, we may ask following Kierkegaarddemonic possession or ecstasy? Although I ordinarily do not desire any comment from the critics, I almost desire it in this case if, far from flattering me, it consisted of the blunt truth “that what I say everyone knows, every child, and the educated infinitely so much more.

It was reviewed in Kierkegaard’s own time and his response to the review is in Kierkegaard’s Journals. John Stewart’s review of the book removes Hegel from the whole structure of the book, He wrote, in” This was not the case in paganism, not in Judaism, and not during the seventeen centuries of Christianity.

Versions two and four of Kierkegaard’s account state explicitly that, in contradistinction to the biblical model, the imagined Abraham frar home.

References to others with a stronger background in German Idealism might have helped. He dupes the listener; he calls the joy unutterable, and then a new surprise, a truly surprising surprise-he utters it.

Either believe or be offended.

Fear and Trembling – Wikipedia

If we imagine that Abraham, by anxiously and desperately looking around, discovered the ram that would save his son, would he not then have gone home in disgrace, without confidence in the future, without the self-assurance that he was prepared to bring to God any sacrifice whatsoever, without the divine voice from heaven in his heart that proclaimed to him God’s grace and love. The explaining jack-of-all-trades has everything in readiness before the beginning of the performance, and now it begins.


Choice, according to this common-sense view, lies between good and evil. The past cannot be returned, but we can return to it — and find forgiveness. Reflective grief is not accompanied by any characteristic outward change; even at its very inception it hastens inward, and only a watchful observer suspects its vanishing; afterwards it keeps careful guard over its outward appearance, so as to make it as unobtrusive as possible.

Anxiety is freedom’s possibility, and only such anxiety is through faith absolutely educative, because it consumes all finite ends and discovers all their deceptiveness. Once properly understood, the Preface “provides the key to reading the text” p.

I invoke everything good for the system and for the Danish shareholders in this omnibus, for it will hardly become a tower. Caprice is one thing and murder another, but for Hegel still capricious.

Grant me now a quiet evening; do not summon me to new battles; let me rejoice in what you gave me, in the consolation of my old age. And when the fullness of time finally comes, that matchless future, when a generation of assistant professors, male and female, will live on the earth-then Christianity will have ceased to be a paradox. What occupies me so much is precisely what the educated and cultured say in our time-that everyone knows what the highest is. It can be explained as Kierkegaard’s way of working himself through the loss of his fiancee, Regine Olsen.

I shall never find any proof whatever; there will be no sign to convince me of it. He inquires whence the universal should obtain the power to individualize itself and put itself into existence, which my also be expressed thus: