Fear And Trembling By Kiierkegaard

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Kierkegaard was born in the early 18th Century to a wealthy family in Copenhagen and he died at the tender age of 42 in 1855. Kierkegaard’s life was rather ordinary however, it is fair to say his work is quite remarkable. Today Kierkegaard is widely known as a philosopher, theologian, poet, social critic and a prolific religious author. It is without doubt that Kierkegaard’s ‘Fear and Trembling’ is a remarkably difficult yet worthwhile and insightful to read. In ‘Fear and Trembling’ Kierkegaard discusses the extremely controversial topic of what exactly faith is. Kierkegaard was a huge influence on other writers since the nineteenth century for example Ludwig Wittgenstein. Wittgenstein once said Kierkegaard was ‘by far the most profound thinker…show more content…
Their happiness and future was questioned by Kierkegaard, as he started to worry that he couldn’t love Regine and stay true to his philosophy so he decided to call off the engagement. Kierkegaard endured many dark times because of this. Kierkegaard was a passionate about this hatred for Georg Hegal and this was in contrast to his love for Socrates and Christ. It is fair to say Kierkegaard’s philosophy is extremely theistic and is based mostly on Christianity, leading many to see him more as a Christian theologian than a philosopher. Kierkegaard’s philosophy is very individualistic and recognisable. I feel Kierkegaard’s use of indirect communication make his work more difficult to understand, however, it also draws the reader in and gives the reader actual experience of his philosophy. One of the most interesting components of Kierkegaard’s thinking is his opinion on truths, in his opinion there are two forms both the objective truth and the subjective truth. Experience is needed to understand the objective truth and it has its limitations; the subjective truth is a central theme to his thinking he believes that ‘truth is subjectivity.’ As stated previously Kierkegaard was a huge religious thinker, he believes that leading a religious life is not about trying to prove God exists but instead it is about a deep spiritual connection and he expresses that not everyone who leads a Christian life of…show more content…
There is a sense of irony within Kierkegaard’s work. Kierkegaard’s theory of indirect communication shows us how truths cannot be transferred from one mind to another. Kierkegaard sees how man is part of nature, humanity, society to a certain extent but also how people have an inner life which he called ‘inwardness’ it is separate to the outside world and something that cannot be rationalised or articulated. According to Kierkegaard Hegel failed to recognise that people have an inner
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