Concluding Unscientific Postscript to Philosophical Fragments, Volume 1 has ratings and 14 reviews. John said: In many ways, this book is necessary w. This chapter offers a reading of Søren Kierkegaard’s philosophical work Concluding Unscientific Postscript to ‘Philosophical Fragments’ to illuminate his ideas. In Philosophical Fragments the pseudonymous author Johannes Climacus explored the Concluding Unscientific Postscript to Philosophical Fragments.

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Everything philosopgical relative, they say, but at the same time they declare as indubitable truth that the mind is nothing but a product of cerebral processes. The book also includes a useful chronology, a well-chosen list of recommended secondary works, and helpful translator’s notes alongside the text. Cambridge UPp. My advice to any prospective reader of Kierkegaard is: The Postscript credits “Johannes Climacus” as the author and Kierkegaard as its editor.

George Cotkin, Existential America Baltimore: Reverence for the quantum is, so to speak, the new version of the worship of the golden calf.

This fact can be a convenience, but it can also be a curse; in borderline cases, it tempts the translator unscienticic sacrifice English clarity for sharper surface echoes of the Danish.

But then again, isn’t it precisely covered in Pessoa’s quote that, “Men hate truth,” that we find this sort of drift away from that which is spiritual a high category of existence that Kierkegaard grounds his philosophy in so well and so lyrically and cumulative momentum for that which is quite trivial and arbitrary such as bourgeois politics, economic frivolity that results in “hidden” violence, etc.

Kierkegaard strongly criticised both the Fragmets of his time and what he saw as the philosophlcal formalities of the Church of Denmark.

Examples abound, but I have room for only one. It is humorous, after all Climacus confesses that he is a humorist, yet, I believe it is an important text in which Climacus not only opposes modern speculative thought but gives critcal insight into different subjectivities while approaching the “religious” subject but never rea I searched the web for commentary on this text as I read it and it seems as though many people believe this text to be merely a humorous poetscript of modern philosophical inquiry and not much else.


Subjective truth is essential or ethico-religious truth. This concerns the character of genuine prayer.

Publications Pages Publications Pages. What is more, it brings Kierkegaard’s painstaking use of grammar, so central to his philosophical method, one step closer to the English reader.

Surprisingly, Hannay’s edition lacks marginal page references — or even a separate page concordance, as in the Hong frxgments — to any of the available Danish editions.

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In the original, i Sandhed serves as an adverbial phrase modifying the verb “prays” [ beder ]; it does not imply anything about the identity of the object of prayer. It cannot, then, be a surprise to see man more and more engulfed in the object, in things, in material being, in concludint life, in technics, in a one-sided, quantitative manner of thinking, and postscrlpt quantitative standards of value.

As the title suggests, the Postscript is sequel to the earlier Philosophical Fragments. University Press Scholarship Online.

And it is here that the book’s trouble begins. This reading was revived in the s by James Conant; it remains hotly disputed. Kierkegaard left the task of discovering the meaning of his works to the reader, because “the task must be made difficult, for only the difficult inspires the noble-hearted”.

Then he steps back, prudently, from the scene. Excellent thinkers but really a drudge to get through. The Postscri;t famously, and to some notoriously, prefers the latter standard of authenticity. Kierkegaard’s a beautiful writer. This turns out to require some account of the content of Christian faith. Its spearhead was Walter Lowrie, an Episcopal minister who cast himself as Kierkegaard’s “missionary”, and promoted Kierkegaard’s vision of faith as a bulwark against liberal theology.

The phrase Everything is relative is spoken emphatically by the very people for whom philospphical atom or its elements are still the ultimate reality. Nothing By rated it it was amazing Nov 11, They would facilitate scholarly use enormously.


To his great credit, Hannay resists this temptation unfailingly. One option might be to use “un-God” for Afgud instead of “idol”. Carmen Camey rated it it was amazing Mar 14, Print Save Cite Email Share. And a second great merit of Hannay’s Postscript postscrit that it addresses them head-on, in a lucid Introduction.

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Adeel rated it it was amazing Feb 11, An objectivist understanding of truth expresses itself, therefore, not merely unscirntific terms of practical materialism, but also in a general quantification of all life, as it may be seen in the craving for records in sport, in pride in the growth of cities of millions inscientific inhabitants, in respect for the multi-millionaire, in admiration for great political power.

David Downey rated it it was amazing May 21, Andrew rated it it unscientiffic amazing Jul 08, To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. Edna Hatlestad Hong Translator. This combination of gross objectivism and bottomless subjectivism represents a synthesis of logically irreconcilable, contradictory principles of thought, which is equally unfortunate from the point of view of philosophical consistency and from that ethical and cultural value.

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Most philosophers are bad writers. Wilde says, “In the Concluding Postscript the question of “the objective problem concerning the truth of Christianity” is dealt with in the first part.

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Having made these distinctions, the Postscript then tries to specify the Christian’s peculiar predicament as a sinner seeking salvation in an absurdity.