Self‐Deception, Confusion, and Salvation in Fear AndTrembling with Works of Love

Journal of Religious Ethics 28 (1):37 - 61 (2000)
  Copy   BIBTEX

Abstract

Reading "Fear and Trembling" with "Works of Love" heightens Kierkegaard's summons to acknowledge the ambiguity of our aims and the treachery of our love. "Works of Love" underscores that there is a "neighbor" in "Fear and Trembling" whose justified or damnable banishment occasions Kierkegaard's attempt to "track down" the "illusions" of love. Through de Silentio, Kierkegaard prompts the reader to consider whether the promise has been broken due to radical obedience, lack of faith, dearth of imagination, or a gnarled combination of motives. We are to recognize our kinship with the duplicitous merman and discover that we must, like Tobit's Sarah, receive an extravagant gift. "Fear and Trembling" is thus a text with soteriological import, but with ethical import as well. Convicted by and indebted to God, we are to find in Abraham's act a premonitory paradigm for every engagement

Links

PhilArchive



    Upload a copy of this work     Papers currently archived: 91,088

External links

Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server

Through your library

Similar books and articles

Ii. introduction to a reappraisal of fear and trembling.Paul Dietrichson - 1969 - Inquiry: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Philosophy 12 (1-4):236 – 245.
Enough is Enough! "Fear and Trembling" is Not about Ethics.Ronald M. Green - 1993 - Journal of Religious Ethics 21 (2):191-209.
Kierkegaard’s Regulative Sacrifice: A Post-Kantian Reading of Fear and Trembling.Paolo Diego Bubbio - 2012 - International Journal of Philosophical Studies 20 (5):691-723.
Fear and Trembling.Jerome I. Gellmann - 2001 - Faith and Philosophy 18 (1):61-74.
A Kierkegaard anthology.Søren Kierkegaard - 1946 - New York,: Modern Library. Edited by Robert W. Bretall.
Holy Fear.Rebecca DeYoung - 2012 - American Catholic Philosophical Quarterly 86 (1):1-22.
What is the ethical in fear and trembling?Bruce Russell - 1975 - Inquiry: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Philosophy 18 (3):337 – 343.

Analytics

Added to PP
2010-08-24

Downloads
124 (#137,909)

6 months
12 (#137,533)

Historical graph of downloads
How can I increase my downloads?

Citations of this work

No citations found.

Add more citations

References found in this work

Enough is Enough! "Fear and Trembling" is Not about Ethics.Ronald M. Green - 1993 - Journal of Religious Ethics 21 (2):191-209.

Add more references