Concept of Anxiety by Soren Kierkegaard Essay

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The Moment and Inwardness

I. Introduction
In The Concept of Anxiety, S�ren Kierkegaard deals with human anxiety about the possibility posed by freedom as it relates to sinfulness and spiritual progress. This paper will show that Kierkegaard?s concept of the moment and his prescription for inwardness, both in the context of spirituality, are connected. Importantly, inwardness depends on the moment and the possibility of transition that does not take place in time, transition that seems sudden if spotted from a temporal perspective. First, this paper will make sense of Kierkegaard?s concepts of time, eternity, and the moment, which will be an interpretation taken from his discussion at the first part of chapter three. Second, it will
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This kind of transition occurs by the introduction of a quality whose being does not admit to a more or less of anything else. The appearance of such a new quality is sudden or instantaneous, meaning that it does not come about in a process that takes time, although a process of quantitative, temporal events could affect when the moment of the leap into the new quality occurs.

Therefore a transition of the important kind, a qualitative leap, does not occur within the scope of time. Kierkegaard relates this concept to an ancient discussion of motion that asks how an object may enter or exit motion, and the Platonic answer is that such a transition is sudden. Likewise, important spiritual transitions in human life are sudden events whose coming to be can only be explained by an atemporal break between two states. The work?s dominant theme of psychological anxiety surrounding the conditions of sin raises questions about the role of further possible qualitative transitions beyond the first transition into sinfulness.

Kierkegaard claims that the present, as thought about in the conventional sense, does not really exist. If time is a passing by of events, then the present is simply a dividing line between the past and future that cannot be rigidly defined to encompass a definite amount of time. It is the reference point that time progresses past. This demonstrates the notion that the
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