Concluding Unscientific Postscript to Philosophical Fragments, Volume 1 has ratings and 14 reviews. John said: In many ways, this book is necessary w. This chapter offers a reading of Søren Kierkegaard’s philosophical work Concluding Unscientific Postscript to ‘Philosophical Fragments’ to illuminate his ideas. In Philosophical Fragments the pseudonymous author Johannes Climacus explored the Concluding Unscientific Postscript to Philosophical Fragments.

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The Postscript famously, and to some notoriously, prefers the latter standard of authenticity.

This means that being a true Christian turns out to be overwhelmingly a matter of subjective concern: This turns out to require some account of the content of Christian faith. Danish and English are close enough that it is often possible to retain much of Kierkegaard’s own syntax, phraseology, and even wordplay.

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Anything by Kierkegaard provokes a frank, Christian self-examination. The title of the work is ironic because the Postscript is almost five times larger than the Fragments.

Or are you trying to make sense of things, trying to achieve something in life, imposing your will or ideas on others, seeking love or success? This is so both for subjective reasons — the Christian must contend not just with ignorance, but with sin — and for objective reasons: Stages on Life’s Way.

The Postscript credits “Johannes Climacus” as the author and Kierkegaard as its editor. Against this view, the Postscript insists that Christianity’s Truth resists validation by, and hence assimilation to, objective thinking.


The first total opponent of Hegel’s standpoint was Soren Kierkegaard, father of modern existentialism. But that would make the identity of the prayer’s addressee utterly irrelevant to the prayer’s status as postscriph or inauthentic.

Through the discipline of resignation, aiming at an absolute commitment to the highest good, through the discipline of suffering, through the consciousness of guilt, the way leads step by step to a more profound pathos, until by a leap we reach the absolute maximum of subjectivity in the Christian consciousness of sin, with its imperative need for a new departure.

Direct communication consists posstcript statements that can be communicated and understood without appropriation, that is, without experiencing personally what is being communicated. Whether you are Christian or not, though particularly if you are, this book could very well be necessary.

Wilde says, “In the Concluding Postscript the question of “the objective problem concerning the truth of Christianity” is dealt with in the first part.

Paul Gleason rated it it was amazing Mar 31, Jan 12, Andrew Votipka rated it it was amazing Shelves: This leaves the third and ongoing stage of Kierkegaard translation, which I cannot resist calling “aesthetic”. Jenwhitson rated it it was amazing Apr 04, George Cotkin, Existential America Baltimore: Perhaps the most difficult book I’ve read, but worth the struggle.

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David Downey rated it it was amazing May 21, Kierkegaard really threw postscrjpt but the kitchen sink into this one. Trivia About Concluding Unscie But no birth is without birth-pangs and no revelation is without an experience of suffering. It is humorous, after all Climacus confesses that he is a humorist, yet, I believe it is an important text in which Climacus not only opposes modern speculative thought but gives critcal insight into different subjectivities while approaching the “religious” subject but never reaching or claiming himself.

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I searched the web for commentary on this text as I read it and it seems as though many people believe this text to be merely a humorous mockery of modern philosophical inquiry and not much else.

Concluding Unscientific Postscript to Philosophical Fragments, Volume 1

Paul Callister rated it it was amazing Sep 13, Jul 20, Dan Yingst rated it it was amazing Shelves: Against Hegel’s system, Kierkegaard is often interpreted as taking the side of metaphysical libertarianism or freewillthough it has been argued that an incompatibilist conception of free will is not essential to Kierkegaard’s formulation of existentialism.

For one thing I had in fact learned very early that there are men who seem to be selected for suffering, and, for another thing, I was conscious of having sinned much and therefore supposed that Christianity postscrit to appear to me in the form of this terror. Is your very existence lived in inwardness with God? The way to Christianity goes through a decision, a crucial decision in the temporal moment; faith is an existential leap.