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Concluding Unscientific Postscript to Philosophical Fragments

by Soren Kierkegaard

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This book is insightful and ultimately successful in spite of its wordiness. A major theme is Kierkegaard's reaction against Hegel's teachings. There are also other major ideas, especially regarding death. As a source for Kierkegaard's early existentialist thinking this book is a gret source. I would recommend reading it along with Rilke, especially his novel The Notebooks of Malt Laurids Brigge. ( )
  jwhenderson | Apr 30, 2015 |
K's being repetitive and wordy kind of reaches its climax here! It is less tolerable than in, e.g., 'Either/Or' or his diary as it should be hard-core philosophy. But K moves me also because of his vulnerability and self-obsession, even in his hardest-core philosopher self. ( )
  xinyi | Sep 18, 2007 |
Like all the Hong translations of S.K., this is no exception. I actually found this book more interesting than Fear and Trembling, but it's difficult to get a sense of the flow of argument in SK's work, mostly because there doesn't seem to be any. I think this is part of the point of SK's style. If not, then I seem to have completely missed something (I wouldn't be surprised at this). ( )
  franksvalli | Nov 23, 2005 |
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In "Philosophical Fragments" the pseudonymous author Johannes Climacus explored the question: What is required in order to go beyond Socratic recollection of eternal ideas already possessed by the learner? Written as an afterword to this work, "Concluding Unscientific Postscript" is on one level a philosophical jest, yet on another it is Climacus's characterization of the subjective thinker's relation to the truth of Christianity. At once ironic, humorous, and polemical, this work takes on the "unscientific" form of a mimical-pathetical-dialectical compilation of ideas. Whereas the movement in the earlier pseudonymous writings is away from the aesthetic, the movement in "Postscript" is away from speculative thought. Kierkegaard intended "Postscript" to be his concluding work as an author. The subsequent "second authorship" after "The Corsair Affair" made "Postscript" the turning point in the entire authorship. Part One of the text volume examines the truth of Christianity as an objective issue, Part Two the subjective issue of what is involved for the individual in becoming a Christian, and the volume ends with an addendum in which Kierkegaard acknowledges and explains his relation to the pseudonymous authors and their writings. The second volume contains the scholarly apparatus, including a key to references and selected entries from Kierkegaard's journals and papers.

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