Kierkegaard and Socrates: A Study in Philosophy and Faith

Kierkegaard and Socrates: A Study in Philosophy and Faith

Jacob Howland


This quantity is a research of the connection among philosophy and religion in Søren Kierkegaard's Philosophical Fragments. it's also the 1st ebook to envision the position of Socrates during this physique of writings and it illuminates the importance of Socrates for Kierkegaard's suggestion ordinarily. Jacob Howland argues that during the Fragments, philosophy and religion are heavily similar passions. A cautious exam of the position of Socrates in Fragments demonstrates that Socratic, philosophical eros opens up a route to religion. while, the paintings of faith-- which holds the self including that which transcends it, the finite with the countless, and one's existence in time with eternity-is basically erotic within the Socratic experience of the time period. Chapters on Kierkegaard's Johannes Climacus and on Plato's Apology and comparable dialogues make clear the Socratic personality of the pseudonymous writer of the Fragments and the position of "the god" in Socrates' pursuit of knowledge. Howland additionally analyzes the Concluding Unscientific Postscript and Kierkegaard's reflections on Socrates and Christ in his unpublished papers.

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