Kierkegaard's Fear and Trembling: A Critical Guide

2016.01.11 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Daniel Conway (ed.), Kierkegaard's Fear and Trembling: A Critical Guide, Cambridge University Press, 2015, 278pp., $99.00 (hbk),
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2016.01.11 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Daniel Conway (ed.), Kierkegaard's Fear and Trembling: A Critical Guide, Cambridge University Press, 2015, 278pp., $99.00 (hbk), ISBN 9781107034617. Reviewed by Michael Strawser, University of Central Florida It is not an exaggeration to say that Fear and Trembling (1843) is Kierkegaard's most difficult work to interpret. Kierkegaard compounds the essential difficulty that lies within the theme of the work, the Akedah, through choosing a pseudonym by the name of Johannes de silentio to praise Abraham as a knight of faith and examine his movements. That the pseudonym's perspective is shrouded in silence thus seemingly precludes any clear and straightforward understanding of this work. Ultimately, whether Kierkegaard's Johannes de silentio is to be read with irony or edification appears as undecidable as whether we should view Abraham as a murderous madman -- who in contrast to Nietzsche's madman proclaiming. . .

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