By Søren Kierkegaard, Howard V. Hong, Edna H. Hong
In Philosophical Fragments the pseudonymous writer Johannes Climacus explored the query: what's required with a purpose to transcend Socratic recollection of everlasting rules already possessed by way 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's Climacus's characterization of the subjective thinker's relation to the reality of Christianity. without delay ironic, funny, and polemical, this paintings takes at the "unscientific" kind of a mimical-pathetical-dialectical compilation of principles. while the circulation within the previous pseudonymous writings is clear of the classy, the flow in Postscript is clear of speculative suggestion. Kierkegaard meant Postscript to be his concluding paintings as an writer. the following "second authorship" after The Corsair Affair made Postscript the turning element 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 changing into a Christian, and the amount ends with an addendum within which Kierkegaard recognizes and explains his relation to the pseudonymous authors and their writings. the second one quantity includes the scholarly equipment, together with a key to references and chosen entries from Kierkegaard's journals and papers.
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No one—not even in sport or jest—has asked him for whom he did hang. But that was as desired: better well hanged than by a hapless marriage to be brought into systematic in-law relationship with the whole world. Relying on the nature of the pamphlet, I was hoping this would happen, but in view of the bustling ferment3 of the age, in view of the incessant forebodings of prophecy and vision and speculative thought, I feared to see my wish frustrated by some mistake. [VII vi] Literary mistakes of that kind belong to the order of the day.
The scholarly introduction distracts by its very erudition, and it looks as if the issue had been formulated the moment the learned research had reached its peak, that is, as if learned and critical striving toward perfection were identical with striving toward the issue. [VII 6] The systematic process promises everything and keeps nothing at all. In none of these three ways does the issue emerge, especially not in the systematic process. 22). ) and a presupposition insulting to faith, a presupposition that shows precisely that faith has never been the given.
So I assume the opposite, that the enemies have succeeded in demonstrating what they desire regarding the Scriptures, with a certainty surpassing the most vehement desire of the most spiteful enemy—what then? Has the enemy thereby abolished Christianity? Not at all. Has he harmed the believer? Not at all, not in the least. Has he won the right to exempt himself from the responsibility for not being a believer? Not at all. That is, because these books are not by these authors, are not authentic, are not integri [complete], are not inspired (this cannot be disproved, since it is an object of faith), it does not follow that these authors have not existed and, above all, that Christ has not existed.