By Edward F. Mooney
Ethics, Love, and religion in Kierkegaard collects essays from thirteen top students that middle on key topics that signify Kierkegaard's philosophy of faith. With their specified specialise in notions of the self, perspectives at the command to love one's neighbor, ideas on depression and melancholy, and the articulation of spiritual imaginative and prescient, the essays during this quantity disguise the breadth and intensity of Kierkegaard's philosophical and non secular writings. Poised on the intersection of Kierkegaard's ethical psychology and its spiritual value, they provide brilliant testimony to the continuing strength of his precise and fervent spiritual spirit. scholars and students alike will locate new mild shed on questions that outline Kierkegaard's philosophy and faith today.
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The subtitle, “A Mimic-Pathetic-Dialectic Compilation—An Existential Contribution,” is equally unsettling if we expect a treatise. Mimicry, or miming, suggests theater or the stage, a place where feeling, emotion, or mood (that is, pathos, passion) can unfold, and unfold contrapuntally (that is, dialectically). Johannes Climacus might be the impresario directing this “mimic-patheticdialectic compilation” staged as comedy, tragedy, satire, or farce. ” We can picture the contribution of an actor delivering up the living flesh and blood and spirit of the character assigned.
But in the end the Greek and Judeo-Christian worlds collide. Philosophers have always held that to leave the universal and act as a particular is selfish and immoral. Kierkegaard agrees that people have always been tempted to make an exception of themselves, but he points out that philosophers can’t distinguish such unethical acts from the unconditional commitments of the faithful like Abraham: “Faith’s paradox is this, that the single individual is higher than the universal, that the single individual .
But since this is only one of affectation’s forms, its course could not be calculated in accordance with the simple rule that it would resemble its surroundings—because affectation can also manifest itself in an attempt to depict the peculiar, the unusual. ”22 Similarly, at another point Møller sings the praises of the human personality, when it is realized “in accordance with its idea”—but then he again raises the specter of the most terrifying possibility of all, utter perdition, the person who has become his affectation: 30 · Bruce H.
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