By Søren Kierkegaard
Walter Lowrie's vintage, bestselling translation of Søren Kierkegaard's most vital and renowned books continues to be unequalled for its clarity and literary caliber. Fear and Trembling and The disease Unto Death demonstrated Kierkegaard because the father of existentialism and feature come to outline his contribution to philosophy. Lowrie's translation, first released in 1941 and later revised, was once the 1st in English, and it has brought millions of readers to Kierkegaard's idea. Kierkegaard counted Fear and Trembling and The illness Unto Death between "the such a lot excellent books i've got written," and in them he introduces terms--"the absurd" and "despair"--that became keywords in smooth concept. Fear and Trembling takes up the tale of Abraham and Isaac to discover a religion that transcends the moral, persists within the face of the absurd, and meets its present within the go back of all that the trustworthy one is prepared to sacrifice, whereas The disorder Unto Death examines the non secular anxiousness of despair.
Walter Lowrie's amazing translation of those seminal works maintains to supply an incredible advent to Kierkegaard. And, as Gordon Marino argues in a brand new creation, those books are as appropriate as ever in modern day age of anxiety.
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Extra info for Fear and trembling ; and, the sickness unto death
But therefore it is not thus, but as God created man and woman, so too He fashioned the hero and the poet or orator. The poet cannot do what that other does, he can only admire, love and rejoice in the hero. Yet he too is happy, and not less so, for the hero is as it were his better nature, with which he is in love, rejoicing in the 45 PANEGYRIC fact that this after all is not himself, that his love can be admiration. He is the genius of recollection, can do nothing except call to mind what has been done, do nothing but admire what has been done; he contributes nothing of his own, but is jealous of the intrusted treasure.
Having in an earlier work (Either/ Or) delineated the ethical consciousness with a universal religious background, Kierkegaard is in this volume concerned with some of the distinctive traits of the religious concept of faith, taken in the more specific sense in which it is fundamental to the Christian consciousness. It is here depicted as a major human passion, affecting daily life at every point, its content being the entire essential reality of the individual's existence. By reason of its trans19 :£DITOR'S INTRODUCTION cendence of the calculations of worldly wisdom and of the naive illusions of immediacy, in consequence of the firmness of its grasp of the finite life as distinct from the withd~awal from it which ensues when resignation is the final word, and in view of its struggles with and victory over that fear and trembling which its sense of responsibility makes it feel, faith becomes the highest of human passions.
Accounted these two books the most perfect he ever wrote, in spite of the mutilation which Repetition had to undergo. e. in the period of his religious rna turi ty) he wrote in his Journal (X 2A 15, cf. Dru's translation, No. 965): "Oh, when once I am dead-then Fear and Trembling alone will be enough to give me the name of an immortal author. Then it will be read, then too it will be translated into foreign tongues. People will almost shudder at the frightful pathos of the book. But at the time when it was written, when the man who was regarded as the author went about in the incognito of a jlaneur and seemed to be nothing but wantonness and wit and frivolity-then nobody could well comprehend the seriousness of it.
Fear and trembling ; and, the sickness unto death by Søren Kierkegaard