The Paradox at Reason's Boundary

Central to Kierkegaard’s account of religious existence is his critique of speculative reason. This critique begins with the distinction between subjective and objective reflection. Its most radical aspects appear in Kierkegaard’s discussions of the paradox. In spite of Kierkegaard’s frequent comments on this notion, it is not readily understood. I want to argue against a common reading of this notion and propose an alternative reading. This alternative reading allows for a conceptually quite plausible account of the manner in which the paradox presents reason with a boundary, in virtue of its relation to objective reflection and to subjective reflection as well. Because of this boundary, reason points beyond its own achievements to a domain of contemplation and appropriation. This is a domain that reason itself identifies in connection with the paradox. It both surpasses rational achievements and integrates them into itself
Keywords No keywords specified (fix it)
Categories (categorize this paper)
DOI 10.5840/acpaproc20027616
 Save to my reading list
Follow the author(s)
My bibliography
Export citation
Find it on Scholar
Edit this record
Mark as duplicate
Revision history Request removal from index
Download options
PhilPapers Archive

Upload a copy of this paper     Check publisher's policy on self-archival     Papers currently archived: 15,822
External links
Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server
Configure custom proxy (use this if your affiliation does not provide a proxy)
Through your library
References found in this work BETA

No references found.

Add more references

Citations of this work BETA

No citations found.

Add more citations

Similar books and articles
Patrick L. Bourgeois (2002). Philosophy at the Boundary of Reason. Proceedings of the American Catholic Philosophical Association 76:1-21.
O. Bueno & M. Colyvan (2003). Yablo's Paradox and Referring to Infinite Objects. Australasian Journal of Philosophy 81 (3):402 – 412.
Nathan Bauer (2010). Kant's Subjective Deduction. British Journal for the History of Philosophy 18 (3):433-460.
Herbert Schnädelbach (1998). Transformations of the Concept of Reason. Ethical Theory and Moral Practice 1 (1):3 - 14.
R. Stecker (2011). Should We Still Care About the Paradox of Fiction? British Journal of Aesthetics 51 (3):295-308.
Brian Davies (2009). Is God Beyond Reason? Philosophical Investigations 32 (4):338-359.

Monthly downloads

Added to index


Total downloads

6 ( #321,769 of 1,724,747 )

Recent downloads (6 months)

5 ( #134,580 of 1,724,747 )

How can I increase my downloads?

My notes
Sign in to use this feature

Start a new thread
There  are no threads in this forum
Nothing in this forum yet.