Is this God? The Devil? But in that context, his choice is rather complicated. There's also the thought, what might this thing, that destroyed two cities before my eyes, do to me or my family if I don't obey it? Friday, November 18, -- PM. The Dane was a sufferer. While suffering can lead to certain lines of philosophical enquiry, it has little intrinsic value, in-and-of itself. I have espoused my own ideas about why we really are where we arehistorionic effect and all of that pragmatism, some of it unwittingly supported by such minds as Stephen Hawking, in works such as A Brief History of Time.
I found a sentence in Professor Hawking's book and then could not find it again In short, John, I can commiserate with your exasperations. I felt the same way about Habermas, and some friends and thinkers have affirmed my assessment. Other masters I have deleted from my must read list include Kant tedious and all great minds who support philosophy with religion or vice versa. Keep up the good workyou and Ken have done much, seems to me. Saturday, November 19, -- PM. LOVE Kierkegaard on being in love:? Suppose I married her, what then?? When you are in love, you are living in and for the moment, and all your actions and decisions are correct and right?
When you are not in love, you need a leap of faith to overcome your fears and uncertainties. You are in another? If you are in love, you will know it; you are truly blessed, go for it. If you are not in love,? Great complications around love come about because of the imposition of weird societal rules like marriage, divorce, community property, child support on those who are not in love.
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Sunday, November 20, -- PM. Why would anyone take a leap of faith when truth is absolute. If your going to take a leap, Be true. Tuesday, November 22, -- PM. Hi Charles Myro here, Is there such a clear divide 'tween reason and passion? Could it be reasonable to be very passionately reasonable in your use of reasonsay like Spock, for whom reason was, in some sense, his greatest passion?
I think Kierkegaard's view presumes that dividing line not so clean in man. I think he presumes a source for reason and passion more profound and mysterious than either. I think he presumes that man did not make himself but he is part of a life vaster and far beyond him. Some human truth there I think in Kierkegaard.
Both Kierkegaard and Hegel seems to see man as subject to broader forces. But Kierkegaard's "leap of faith" I find oddly Hegelian. The conflicts that compel the leap of faith are in some sense resolved in that leap , which seems to me oddly analogous to Hegel's synthesis that resolves the conflicting thesis and antithesis. Kierkegaard's leap seems a kind of Hegelian synthesis but with an injection of the human passion and sense of mystery that Hegel excludes, synthesis from a human point of view.
Or maybe Hegel takes a universal cosmic reasonable flying leap.
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Two versions of a related resolution, perhaps. In any case, they are strangely Philosophically complementary in a comfy sort of way. Maybe start reading Hegel and when the vast stark reasonableness of the man grows tedious switch to juicy intimate old Kierkegaard, until you're drenched in human passion and then dry off again with Hegel. Refreshing, like going from the sauna to the cold plunge and back, a Philosophical spa, as it were-- subcranial therapy , cleanse the pores of ratiocinationor something.
With Kierkegaard and Hegel at hand, who needs a vacation? Kierkegaard asks two very important questions in the course of his authorship. What does it mean to be a human being? Kierkegaard's attempt to describe the former question is what philosophers respect about him. With the latter question, Kierkegaard challenges anyone who wants to become Christian, with what Christianity really is. What is Christianity really? The need to have faith in God like Abraham? Everyone today would consider Abe a blasted attempted murderer, as Kierkegaard continually points out in Fear and Trembling.
Belief that a timeless, eternal God became a historical man in the form of Jesus Christ? The Absolute Paradox for every Christian. Why would anyone rationally believe that that guy Jesus born to Mary is actually the son of God? Faith to believe all that is needed to become a Christian. Kierkegaard is simply trying to weed out all the rational people away from Christianity, because rational people ought to be offended at the propositions Christianity claims.
Monday, November 28, -- PM. Howdy everyone, I am glad to see here a discussion on the works of Kierkegaard, which has always been rare. I am a big fan of Kierkegaard and his authorship impacted my life immensely. I don't know how many other people out there have read his books but I must be one of a few who has actually read most of his works.
I stumbled upon him accidentally but once he was found I dove right in. Here is my little input into this discussion, though I could talk about his works for a lot longer. The aspect I find most interesting about Kierkegaard's authorship I'm only discussing his philosophical books, not his other more personal religious works is the style in which he painstakingly wrote them.
HIs main goal in all his works was for the reader not to think of objective topics, or ideas, or discussions; but for the reader to stop and think about his own life. Kierkegaard called this sort of communication "indirect. He wanted to vanish before the reader and for a sort of mirror to be put in his place. This is why terms like "leap of faith" and others come up.
There are not ideas to be discussed, they are actions to be made by individuals. Individuals seeking truth within. I have never come across any other author who wrote this way and I suppose it is one of the reasons I became passionate about his works. Where is this today? Who dares to be an author of no significance, vanishing into the background so every individual may be magnified?
A few quick commits on the previous entries. Although Kierkegaard uses the language of Hagel which is why it is difficult to read part of his authorship was a reaction against Hegalism, of a world becoming more and more objective in their thinking and forgetting about themselves and their own souls. His idea of "leap of faith" is no different from what all Christian doctrine believes. We as humans can never know truth but the only way to life is under faith truth in action , something that holds so many paradoxes that the gulf to believe it is vast, and thereby the only way to be with truth is faith which is not like knowing truth, for if we knew something to be true then there would be no need to believe in it and to believe in what is not seen is similar to taking a leap on another note I have never come across another man since Jesus who believed in the power of parables and metaphors like Kierkegaard did.
HIs discussion of Abraham is to highlight that beyond the level of aesthetic living, and even higher then moral living, is a level of faith, which is an offense to the world how could a father kill a son? That is all for now, I'll visit this webpage in the future and see if any more is to be said. If anyone wants to talk more about Kierkegaard please let me know cause I would love to. Take care ya'll. Caleb from Wisconsin. Wednesday, November 30, -- PM.
Hi Caleb, Thanks for shedding some clearity on Kierkgaard. Regarding faith and truth: One needs no faith or belief when One is true, As the truth is simply One. Tuesday, December 6, -- PM. Why should we make leap of faith? Why there is paradox in our behavior? Simple answer to this question is our brain is hardwired by survival instinct.
Death give meaning to our life. There is no other meaning to our life. All our struggle from birth to end of our life is overcome the fear of death. Every man is unique so his survival instinct hardwired different way in his brain. What kind of software he prepared in his brain that we could not say but man blindly follow what his unconscious instruct to him. Abraham killed his son obey to order of God.
Some years back one so called god man order his followers suicide and they follow his order. We are irrational animal we rarely used our thinking faculty. Skip to main content. Search form Search. John Perry. Related Shows Kierkegaard Jan 10, Existentialism Mar 07, Being and Nothingness, the for-itself and the in-itself, bad faith, and the existential predicament; these Existentialist concepts were Schopenhauer Apr 05, Arthur Schopenhauer, the great Nineteenth Century philosopher, had a pessimistic vision of the world as "will and idea.
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