Soren Kierkegaard was a Danish philosopher, theologian, and religious author interested in human psychology He is regarded as a leading pioneer of existentialism and one of the greatest philosophers of the th CenturyIn Fear and Trembling, Kierkegaard wanted to understand the anxiety that must have been present in Abraham when God commanded him to offer his son as a human sacrifice Abraham had a choice to complete the task or to forget it He resigned himself to the loss of his son, acting according to his faith In other words, one must be willing to give up all his or her earthly possessions in infinite resignation and must also be willing to give up whatever it is that he or she loves than God Abraham had passed the test his love for God proved greater than anything else in him And because a good and just Creator would not want a father to kill his son, God intervened at the last moment to prevent the sacrifice Fear and Trembling was originally published in 1843 written in Danish and under a pseudonymous name The purpose of the book was two fold First Kierkegaard wanted to describe the nature of true faith using the story of Abraham almost sacrificing Isaac to illustrate the concept Second he wanted to counter the philosophy of Hegel who maintained that reason was the highest form of thought Kierkegaard argued that faith was higher than reason.However, Kierkegaard s understanding of faith was somet Fear and Trembling was originally published in 1843 written in Danish and under a pseudonymous name The purpose of the book was two fold First Kierkegaard wanted to describe the nature of true faith using the story of Abraham almost sacrificing Isaac to illustrate the concept Second he wanted to counter the philosophy of Hegel who maintained that reason was the highest form of thought Kierkegaard argued that faith was higher than reason.However, Kierkegaard s understanding of faith was something different or beyond common understandings of the word in everyday usage To distinguish the faith he s talking about Kierkeaard uses the term Knight of Faith According to him anyone who says they are a Knight of Faith is by definition not a Knight of Faith It is a personal characteristic that can t be shared For that matter it can t be explained, understandable, or made rational Nevertheless, this book attempts to do just that My main problem with the book is that the story of nearly sacrificing a son as told in the story of Abraham and Isaac is abhorrent to my senses I would much rather have faith explained using some other story Ironically, the story of a father killing their child for supposedly honorable reasons seems to have been a fairly popular plot line in ancient literature The two prominent examples noted in this book are the Agamemnon Iphigenia and the Jephthah daughter stories These as well as the Abraham story had their origins in the Bronze Age and were probably passed along in the oral tradition many years before they were written down I can see how a story like this would grab the attention of the listeners.Kierkegaard maintains that Abraham is a true Knight of Faith because he acted only in response to God s request and his planned action was known only to himself and God Agamemmon s and Jephthah s actions on the other hand were public and done to maintain personal honor, thus they are not true Knights of Faith.I m inclined to believe that Hegel s philosophy makessense than Kierkegaard until it s pointed out that the Nazis and Communists used Hegel to prove that loyalty to the government was the highest calling By contrast Kierkegaard s message places responsibility of one s action on the individual Viewed that way Kierkegaard makessense Although, the fact that I say Kierkegaard makes sense is an indication that I don t understand him properly because he says faith doesn t make sense.I would never read Fear and Trembling on my own initiative It was discussed by Great Books KC group of which I am a part Fortunately, members of the group are smarter than me so the discussion went well dear reader,you don t even read this stuff any, do you i wouldn t if i were you but that s the difference between me and you you have no life, are pathetic, sit in front of your computer all day stalking your peers on various social networking sites, while i go on constantly mocking your efforts through half jest and utter disregard for the values you hold dear to your heart alas, perhaps the joke is on me haha, boy do i get ahead of myself sometimes silly me yes, that is what i say dear reader,you don t even read this stuff any, do you i wouldn t if i were you but that s the difference between me and you you have no life, are pathetic, sit in front of your computer all day stalking your peers on various social networking sites, while i go on constantly mocking your efforts through half jest and utter disregard for the values you hold dear to your heart alas, perhaps the joke is on me haha, boy do i get ahead of myself sometimes silly me yes, that is what i say i say, silly me and i sit in the bathtub at night and i make tiny little cuts into the backs of my thighs and the bottom of my feet the pain let s me know i am alive anywho today s book is a classic by the greatly pathetic soren kierkegaard, entitled fear and trembling who let the dogs out ok let s go REVIEW one could easily argue that the central thesis of this book is the idea that faith begins precisely where reason ends kierkegaard struggles with faith, simultaneously demonstrating that it is impossible to successfully rationalize faith i.e., give any kind of logical explanation of it , just as it is impossible to achieve faith by way of reason.another highlight is the four alternative retellings of the story of abraham and isaac, which are truly a mindfuck.VERDICT in my supremely accurate and overwhelmingly insightful opinion, this book is most important as a device by which to make people at least recognize, and hopefully respect, the great personal struggle and triumph that is religious faith too many people in this generation, it seems, write religion off without even knowing why they do so, other than that it doesn t agree with what science dictates kierkegaard here demonstrates the difference and mutual exclusiveness of the two, and thus that it is possible to love and respect both lol Frygt og B ven Fear and Trembling, S ren Kierkegaard Fear and Trembling is a philosophical work by S ren Kierkegaard, published in 1843 under the pseudonym Johannes de Silentio John of the Silence Kierkegaard wanted to understand the anxiety that must have been present in Abraham when God tested him and said to him, take Isaac, your only son, whom you love, and go to the land of Moriah and offer him as a burnt offering on the mountain that I shall show you Abraham had a choice to comple Frygt og B ven Fear and Trembling, S ren Kierkegaard Fear and Trembling is a philosophical work by S ren Kierkegaard, published in 1843 under the pseudonym Johannes de Silentio John of the Silence Kierkegaard wanted to understand the anxiety that must have been present in Abraham when God tested him and said to him, take Isaac, your only son, whom you love, and go to the land of Moriah and offer him as a burnt offering on the mountain that I shall show you Abraham had a choice to complete the task or to refuse to comply to God s orders He resigned himself to the three and a half day journey and to the loss of his son He said nothing to Sarah, nothing to Eliezer Who, after all, could understand him, for did not the nature of temptation extract from him a pledge of silence He split the firewood, he bound Isaac, he lit the fire, he drew the knife Because he kept everything to himself and chose not to reveal his feelings he isolated himself as higher than the universal Kierkegaard envisions two types of people in Fear and Trembling and Repetition One lives in hope, Abraham, the other lives in memory, The Young Man and Constantin Constantius 1996 1373 231 1374 1376 20 1378 173 1380 9643124347 1385 1386 1387 1388 1392 1392 9786006867625 Many readers come to read this book via the Hegel pathway Or at least realize that a Hegel preamble is required And most probably such a preamble is indispensable.Alas, I came to it through a side door As an attendant of a cycle of lectures given at the Prado Museum on the Bible Old Testament and Art, I listened, and looked, in fascination to the expos of one of the Speakers He examined the myth of Abraham and the Sacrifice of his beloved son Isaac.After portraying what he considered an u Many readers come to read this book via the Hegel pathway Or at least realize that a Hegel preamble is required And most probably such a preamble is indispensable.Alas, I came to it through a side door As an attendant of a cycle of lectures given at the Prado Museum on the Bible Old Testament and Art, I listened, and looked, in fascination to the expos of one of the Speakers He examined the myth of Abraham and the Sacrifice of his beloved son Isaac.After portraying what he considered an utterly unethical behavior in the part of Abraham he presented Kierkegaard s ideas as the only way to approach the dreadful myth For it cannot be understood.For such is the nature of Paradox.Abraham was no Agamemnon There was no heroism in his act Agamemnon was driven by duty Abraham by faith Agamemnon could hate his own act but overcome his hatred and announce the intended outcome Abraham, as the Knight of Faith could not doubt a single instant He had to want to kill his son, while loving him dearly, because his god had ordered him to do so And this he had to do quietly Abraham was greater than all, great by reason of his power whose strength is impotence, great by reason of his wisdom whose secret is foolishness, great by reason of his hope whose form is madness, great by reason of the love which is hatred of oneself And so at the core of Abraham s act was the Absurd.In this context of absurdity silence, elastic, takes its place And opens the door to laughter.And of the painters, Rembrandt, the master of capturing the interruption, was also the one who represented the force in Abraham s unrelenting and unvacillating will There is no second guessing god in his Abraham No acting and no hope Rembrandt was the one painter who understood what Kierkegaard stated about two hundred years later Angel had to fight hard to stop Abraham in his unflinching intention to murder Do I need to point out that Beckett read this book another example of this paternal filicide not mentioned in this book is Emperor Frederick II and his son Henry