Problem 1: Is there such a thing as a teleological suspension of the ethical? In Fear and Trembling, Kierkegaard presents 3 problems for. The fourth chapter of Kierkegaard’s Fear and Trembling, Problem III, asks “Was Abraham ethically defensible in keeping silent about Posted by אני at PM. FEAR AND TREMBLING / PROBLEM III: Was Abraham ethically defensible in keeping silent about his purpose before Sarah, before Eleazar.

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Several authorities consider the work tdembling. He wrote, “If a person is sometimes in the right, sometimes in the wrong, to some degree in the right, to some degree in the wrong, who, then, is the one who makes that decision except the person himself, but in the decision may he not again be to some degree in the right and to some degree in the wrong?

It removes also the element of chance, which at our present standpoint still clings to it.

This faith causes a different telos than the ethical and therefore the telos of the ethical is suspended. You are commenting using your WordPress. How does this express a higher ethical ideal? The higher and more distinctively Christian form of religion is set forth in ‘Fear and Trembling, the message of which is illustrated by the fact that Abraham was commanded to do what was ethically wrong, i.

By my own strength I can give up the princess, and I will not sulk about it but find joy and peace and rest in my pain, but by my own strength I cannot get her back again, for I use all my strength in resigning. By continuing to use this website, you agree to their use. She felt it very keenly.


The ethical is all of the people who deny the existence and power of a God, and has an established telos. Fear and Trembling begins with a Preface by Johannes de silentio. Heaven is the ultimate desired destination because we are closest tremvling God there.


Furtak’s reading of Fear and Trembling and relevant passages from Kierkegaard’s notebooks shows that Abraham cannot have rationally known whether the divine revelation was authentic or not, and this lack of certainty justifies Furtak’s thesis that it is passion rather than reason that plays a central role in Abraham’s thinking. Pfoblema makes good use of Kierkegaard’s journals and notebooks to show how Kierkegaard related his own struggles in maintaining a God-relationship to Abraham’s situation, but Hannay suggests in his conclusion that we should not infer from Fear and Trembling that we are called to follow the particular example of Abraham.

The large probllema of the ethical have a large impending doom. Mooney and Lloyd explore these and related themes in comparison to Plato’s Symposiumshowing the hybridity at play in both Kierkegaard and Plato and offering us a rich alternative view of philosophy.

Faith transforms us from an imaginary being into a human being. The question of Problem 1 is answered by saying that there is a teleological suspension of the ethical. We each have the right to speak or not to speak and the right to act or not to act. Abraham believed by virtue of the absurd, whereby the impossible will happen and all human calculation is abandoned.

He kept everything from Sarah, Eliezer, and Isaac.

Søren Kierkegaard Fear and Trembling: Problem 1 | Deleuzeional Plane of Immanence

General part Martensen, H. Doubt is again set in motion, care again aroused; let us try to calm it by deliberating on: Termbling Martensena contemporary of Kierkegaard’s, had this to say about his ideas.


Josiah Thompson wrote a biography of Kierkegaard’s life, and in it he said. Hell is so terrible because those living there are close to Satan. Hence, if it is right to absorb right and duty into subjectivity, it is on the other hand wrong if this abstract basis of action is not again evolved. This he brought out in his upbuilding discourse, published on the same date.

Kierkegaard wanted to understand the anxiety [2] that must have been present in Abraham when “God tested [him] and said to him, take Isaacyour only son, whom you proglema, and go to the land of Moriah and offer him as a burnt offering on the mountain that I shall show you. This [book] is not the system; it has not the least thing to do with the system. I have sought to find the principle for my life through resignation [Resignation], by supposing that since everything proceeds according to inscrutable laws it could not be otherwise, by blunting my ambitions and the antennae of my vanity.

Now he presents his Problemata problems: Kierkegaard introduces the idea of the paradox and the leap in Fear and Trembling. Kierkegaard says, “If Agamemnon himself, not Calchasshould have drawn the knife to kill Iphigenia, he would only have demeaned himself if in the very last moment he had said a few words, for the meaning of his deed was, after all, obvious to everybody, the process of reverence, sympathy, emotion, and grembling was completed, and then, too, his life had no relation to spirit-that is, he was not a teacher or a witness of the spirit.