Fear and Trembling

Fear and Trembling


Introduction by: Alastair Hannay
Translator: Alastair Hannay
Contribution by: Johannes de Silentio

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Paperback
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  • Paperback
  • ISBN 9780140444490
  • 160 Pages
  • Penguin Classics
  • 18 and up

Overview

The infamous and controversial work that made a lasting impression on both modern Protestant theology and existentialist philosophers such as Sartre and Camus

Writing under the pseudonym of “Johannes de silentio,” Kierkegaard expounds his personal view of religion through a discussion of the scene in Genesis in which Abraham prepares to sacrifice his son Isaac at God’s command. Believing Abraham’s unreserved obedience to be the essential leap of faith needed to make a full commitment to his religion, Kierkegaard himself made great sacrifices in order to dedicate his life entirely to his philosophy and to God. The conviction shown in this religious polemic—that a man can have an exceptional mission in life—informed all Kierkegaard’s later writings. His “teleological suspension of the ethical” challenged the contemporary views of Hegel’s universal moral system, and was also hugely influential for both protestant theology and the existentialist movement.

Alastair Hannay’s introduction evaluates Kierkegaard’s philosophy and the ways in which it conflicted with more accepted contemporary views. This edition also includes detailed notes to complement this groundbreaking analysis of religion, and a new chronology. 

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Table of Contents

Fear and Trembling Introduction
Fear and Trembling
Preface
Attunement
Speech in Praise of Abraham
Problemata
Preamble from the Heart
Problemata I
Problemata II
Problemata III
Epilogue
Notes
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