Problem 1: Is there such a thing as a teleological suspension of the ethical? In Fear and Trembling, Kierkegaard presents 3 problems for. The fourth chapter of Kierkegaard’s Fear and Trembling, Problem III, asks “Was Abraham ethically defensible in keeping silent about Posted by אני at PM. FEAR AND TREMBLING / PROBLEM III: Was Abraham ethically defensible in keeping silent about his purpose before Sarah, before Eleazar.

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If there were anyone who did not know it, I would be thrown off balance by the thought that I could possibly teach him the requisite preparatory knowledge. It is the individual’s right, too, that an act, as outer realization of an end, should be counted right or wrong, good or evil, lawful or unlawful, according to his knowledge of the worth it has when objectively realized.

Hannay makes good use of Kierkegaard’s journals and notebooks to show how Kierkegaard related his own struggles in maintaining a God-relationship to Abraham’s situation, but Hannay suggests in his conclusion that we should not infer from Fear and Trembling that we are called to follow the particular example of Abraham.

The Exordium is followed by the Eulogy on Abraham. What Kierkegaard is after is trying to understand the relations between concealment, the aesthetic and the paradox of faith – see part 2 of the summary.

I have my whole life in it. If someone reading Problem 1 finds what they are looking for in the beginning pages, one finds little reason to read further, especially since it is so well explained and solved in the first few pages. While several contributors sensitively discuss the oft-neglected feminine perspectives in their readings of Fear and Tremblingthere does not appear to be any comparable sensitivity towards the animal. Carlisle sketches in detail the historical context of Fear and Trembling to show how it provides a direct challenge to Hegelian theology, while Conway explores Problema III in a way meant to attune us to an ethical interpretation of the dilemma.

That the pseudonym’s perspective is shrouded in silence thus seemingly precludes any clear and straightforward understanding of this work.

Søren Kierkegaard Fear and Trembling: Problem 1 | Deleuzeional Plane of Immanence

On the other hand, by faith, says that marvelous knight, by faith you will get her by virtue of the absurd. What is most important in this account is the theological trust that paradoxically affirms existence after it has been renounced. He is in a poetic and refined way a supplementary clerk who neither writes the system nor gives promises of the system, who neither exhausts himself on the system nor binds himself to the system.

Whether there are also many in our day who do not find it, I do not decide. Deleuzeional Plane of Immanence.



Not my self [Jeg], which is what I did seek to find in that way I imagined my soul, if I may say so, as shut up in a box with a spring lock, which external surroundings would release by pressing the spring. Whereas for Kafka the old story of Abraham is no longer worthy of discussion a critical view not directly considered herefor Conway “we cannot simply give up. If God is really to make a moral difference in our lives, Kierkegaard insists, we must admit that he might go against our reason and our conscience, and that he should still be obeyed.

The title is a reference to a line from Philippians tremblng As soon as it finds rest and peace within itself, this movement from within outward invariably sets in; the reflective grief moves in the opposite direction, like blood retreating from the surface of the body, leaving only a hint of its presence problemaa the sudden paleness.

Cultural Reader: Excellent summary of Fear and Trembling by Kierkegaard

Archived from the original PDF on Doubt is rpoblema set in motion, care problfma aroused; let us try to calm it by deliberating on: If this does not happen, if the movement is halted, if it is repressed, then depression sets in.

Such a complication can be resolved only by the religious which has its name because it resolves all witchcraft ; if the Merman could believe, his faith perhaps could transform him into a human being. Another comparative study is offered by John Davenport in “Eschatological faith and repetition: On this reading the example of the weaning mother is Silentio’s attempt to create a female knight of faith focused on birth to counterbalance the Abrahamic probldma of faith and his movement towards death.

The stages moments of the Concept in Hegel’s triad are the universal, the particular, and the individual: If we imagine that Abraham, by anxiously and desperately looking around, discovered the ram that would save his son, would he not then have gone home in disgrace, without confidence in the future, without the self-assurance that he was prepared to bring to God any sacrifice whatsoever, without the divine voice from heaven in his heart that proclaimed to him God’s grace and love.

But given the task as assigned to Abraham, he himself has to act; consequently, he has to know in the crucial moment what he himself will do, and consequently, he has to know that Isaac is going to be sacrificed. In our times we may refer to Schelling, according to his more recent system, which he has now brought into connected order.

Only Christ can give someone salvation and therefore change the telos of a person. Kierkegaard says, “Hegelian philosophy culminates in the thesis that the outer is the inner and the inner is the outer.

By my own strength I can give up the princess, and I will not sulk about it but find joy and peace and rest in my pain, but by my own strength I cannot get her back again, for I use all my strength in resigning.


Telos is the endpoint and destination that every soul problrma earth is to eventually get to.

Fear and Trembling original Danish title: Overall, readers of this volume will be treated to subtle and sophisticated readings of Kierkegaard’s most challenging text, but they should not expect the variety of interpretations to remove the opacity from Abraham, for his “indefinitely indeterminate status” remains intact.

Philosophy and the Body without Organs. What is the ethical? As Kierkegaard remarks, were he merely human, he would weep and long for what he had left behind. Most systems and viewpoints also date from yesterday, and the conclusion is arrived at as easily as falling in love is accomplished in a novel where it says: This is continued by the eulogy on Abraham as “the father of faith” who believed by virtue of the absurd.

While Rudd attends to the ethical context of Fear and Trembling and Hanson addresses the factual error involved in having a ram and not a lamb serve for the burnt offering, it is surprising that no contributor to this volume directly considers the ethical problem of animal sacrifice and the difficulty it raises for maintaining the praiseworthiness of the Abraham story.

This page was last edited on 29 Decemberat To find out more, including how to control cookies, see here: This faith causes a different telos than the ethical and therefore the telos of the ethical is suspended. Those entering heaven gained salvation in God, and suspended themselves from the ethical teleology. By comparing Abraham in Fear and Trembling to Job in RepetitionDavenport shows how the religion of the latter helps clarify the faith of the former.

Stephen Evans, co-editor of Kierkegaard: A hundred pages later he ends on a similarly commercial note: He discussed them beforehand in Lectures delivered before the Symparanekromenoi and The Unhappiest Man. He writes because to him it is a luxury that is all the more pleasant and apparent the fewer there are who buy and read what he writes.

Mooney and Lloyd explore these and related themes in comparison to Tremblinf Symposiumshowing the hybridity at play in both Kierkegaard and Plato and offering us a rich alternative view of philosophy. Only faith in Christ is the faith that makes the possibility of a teleological suspension of the ethical.