By Søren Kierkegaard, Howard V. Hong, Edna H. Hong
In Philosophical Fragments the pseudonymous writer Johannes Climacus explored the query: what's required which will transcend Socratic recollection of everlasting rules already possessed by means of the learner? Written as an afterword to this paintings, Concluding Unscientific Postscript is on one point a philosophical jest, but on one other it truly is Climacus's characterization of the subjective thinker's relation to the reality of Christianity. instantly ironic, funny, and polemical, this paintings takes at the "unscientific" type of a mimical-pathetical-dialectical compilation of principles. while the stream within the previous pseudonymous writings is clear of the classy, the stream in Postscript is clear of speculative idea. Kierkegaard meant Postscript to be his concluding paintings as an writer. the following "second authorship" after The Corsair Affair made Postscript the turning aspect within the complete authorship. half one of many textual content quantity examines the reality of Christianity as an target factor, half the subjective factor of what's concerned for the person in turning into a Christian, and the amount ends with an addendum during which Kierkegaard recognizes and explains his relation to the pseudonymous authors and their writings. the second one quantity comprises the scholarly equipment, together with a key to references and chosen entries from Kierkegaard's journals and papers.
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To whom, then, is it all really of interest? [VII 16] Indeed, it is not even there when the research scholar himself forgets what he has up his sleeve, except insofar as he once in a while uses it lyrically to encourage himself in the work or lyrically polemicizes with the aid of eloquence. Have an individual appear; have him with infinite, personal interest impassionedly want to attach his eternal happiness to this result, to the expected result—he will easily see that there is no result and none to expect, and the contradiction will bring him to despair.
The Dialectical Contradiction That an Eternal Happiness Is Based on the Relation to Something Historical � 3. The Dialectical Contradiction That the Historical under Consideration Here Is Not Something Historical in the Ordinary Sense But Consists of That Which Can Become Historical Only against Its Nature, Consequently by Virtue of the Absurd APPENDIX TO B The Retroactive Effect of the Dialectical on Pathos Leading to a Sharpened Pathos, and the Contemporaneous Elements of This Pathos a. The consciousness of sin b.
Regarded as a promise [Løfte], that remark (“if I ever do write a second section”) was certainly as casual as possible, as far as possible from a solemn pledge [Tro-Lovelse]. Therefore I have not felt bound by that promise, even though from the beginning it was my intent to fulfill it and the prerequisites were already on hand concurrently with the promise. Accordingly, the promise could very well have been made with great formality, in optima forma [in the best form], but it would have been inconsistent to publish a pamphlet so constituted that it was not able, and did not want, to cause a sensation and then in it to make a formal promise that, if nothing else, is bound to cause a sensation and certainly would have caused an enormous sensation.
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