Kierkegaard's Philosophy of Becoming: Movements and Positions

State University of New York Press, 1 févr. 2012 - 186 pages
Søren Kierkegaard's proposal of "repetition" as the new category of truth signaled the beginning of existentialist thought, turning philosophical attention from the pursuit of objective knowledge to the movement of becoming that characterizes each individual's life. Focusing on the theme of movement in his 1843 pseudonymous texts Either/Or, Repetition, and Fear and Trembling, Clare Carlisle presents an original and illuminating interpretation of Kierkegaard's religious thought, including newly translated material, that emphasizes equally its philosophical and theological significance. Kierkegaard complained of a lack of movement not only in Hegelian philosophy but also in his own "dreadful still life," and his heroes are those who leap, dance, and make journeys—but what do these movements signify, and how are they accomplished? How can we be true to ourselves, let alone to others if we are continually becoming? Carlisle explores these questions to uncover both the philosophical and the literary coherence of Kierkegaard's notoriously enigmatic authorship.

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The Place and the Path
Part One
Part Two
Part Three
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Page 116 - Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow of turning.
Page 116 - Know this, my beloved brethren. Let every man be quick to hear, slow to speak, slow to anger, 20 for the anger of man does not work the righteousness of God.
Page 45 - Whither shall I go from Thy Spirit? Or whither shall I flee from Thy presence? If I ascend to heaven, Thou art there! If I make my bed in Sheol, Thou art there!
Page 116 - Of his own will he brought us forth by the word of truth, That we should be a kind of firstfruits of his creatures.
Page 25 - But the order and connection of ideas is the same as the order and connection of causes (Prop.
Page 14 - It is, that the same attribute cannot at the same time belong and not belong to the same subject and in the same respect; we must presuppose, to guard against dialectical objections, any further qualifications which might be added.
Page 71 - When the Greeks said that all knowledge is recollection [the reference is clearly to Plato's logocentric concepts of anamnesis (un-forgetting) and the preexistent soul] they affirmed that all that is has been; when one says that life is a repetition one affirms that existence which has been now becomes.
Page 37 - ... which suddenly forced upon me a new and infallible law of interpretation of all the facts. Then I suspected that my father's great age was not a divine blessing but rather a curse; that the outstanding intellectual gifts of our family were only given to us in order that we should rend each other to pieces: then I felt the stillness of death grow around me when I saw...
Page 138 - But there is no such substratum; there is no 'being' behind doing, effecting, becoming; 'the doer' is merely a fiction added to the deed - the deed is everything.
Page 11 - So they say that none of the things that are either comes to be or passes out of existence, because what comes to be must do so either from what is or from what is not, both of which are impossible.

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Clare Carlisle is the Leverhulme Research Fellow at the University of Leeds, England.

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