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Fear and Trembling

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Writing under the pseudonym of Johannes de silentio, Kierkegaard uses the form of a dialectical lyric to present his conception of faith. Abraham is portrayed as a great man, who chose to sacrifice his son, Isaac, in the face of conflicting expectations and in defiance of any conceivable ethical standard. The infamous and controversial 'teleological suspension of the ethic ...more
Paperback, Penguin Classics, 160 pages
Published 1985 by Penguin (first published 1843)
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Sep 14, 2007 Ryan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: pretentious atheists (i.e., my generation)
dear reader,

you don't even read this stuff anymore, do you?! i wouldn't if i were you! but that's the difference between me and you! you have no life, are pathetic, sit in front of your computer all day stalking your peers on various social networking sites, while i go on constantly mocking your efforts through half jest and utter disregard for the values you hold dear to your heart!

alas, perhaps the joke is on me?!

haha, boy do i get ahead of myself sometimes! silly me! yes, that is what i say!

Many readers come to read this book via the Hegel pathway. Or at least realize that a Hegel preamble is required. And most probably such a preamble is indispensable.

Alas, I came to it through a side door. As an attendant of a cycle of lectures given at the Prado Museum on the Bible (Old Testament) and Art, I listened, and looked, in fascination to the exposé of one of the Speakers. He examined the myth of Abraham and the Sacrifice of his beloved son Isaac.

After portraying what he considered an u
کیرکگور، پس از معرفی سه سپهر انسانی (زیبایی طلب، اخلاقی، ایمانی) کتاب "یا این یا آن" خود را به تحلیل دو سپهر نخست اختصاص می دهد، اما سپهر سوم شخصیتی را به کتاب دیگرش، ترس و لرز وا می گذارد.

ترس و لرز به تمامی در وصف ماهیت ایمان است، آن سان که کیرکگور تعریف می کند. این دید منحصر به فرد از ایمان مخالف دید مرسوم کلیسای پروتستان بود، به همین سبب کیرکگور تا پایان عمر با کلیسای پروتستان در نبرد بود. کیرکگور می گفت: کلیسا ایمان را به امری سهل الوصول بورژوازی تبدیل کرده، که هر کس و در هر زمان می تواند بی
Jun 17, 2007 Rosemary rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I was going to write that I still come back to this book, even ten years after reading it for the first time. But that's not quite true. What is true is that this book has never really left me; it has worked itself into my psyche and become an automatic philosophical reference point for my life.
Kierkegaard's discussion of faith versus resignation is an exhileration to read. His unfolding of the concept of the absurd in the universe is sublime. Everyone should dive into this work, grapple with i
peiman-mir5 rezakhani
افتضاح بود و بسیار بد دوستانِ گرانقدر... این کتاب سرشار از خزعبلاتِ تاریخی و نوشتن از نادانی بود
دوستانِ گرامی، نویسنده 155 صفحه چرت و پرت و خرافات تحویل داده است، خواهشاً کاری به اسم و رسمِ نویسنده نداشته باشید، این گونه نویسندگان فقط می نویسند برای آنکه نوشته باشند
از آغازِ کتابش را با داستانِ موهومِ ابراهیم و ضبحِ اسحاق شروع کرده است، یک بیخرد و ابله به این داستانِ خیالی و موهومِ یهودیان باور دارد و خاک بر سرِ آن ابلهانی که اینگونه بازیچهٔ داستان های موهومِ مذهبی میشوند
نویسنده سعی دارد بگوید که
Dec 28, 2012 Emma rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I finished this book yesterday at my favourite Café. As I was sitting outside in my beret, smoking and drinking black coffee, I became a little self-conscious at the glances from passersby. Was the beret a little too 'Café philosophique'?


So Fear and Trembling* discusses Abraham 'the father of faith' and his no-questions-asked agreement to sacrifice Isaac, his only son, at God's command.

Kierkegaard says we cannot possibly understand Abrahams actions, his willingness to do the deed is incom
رؤیا (Roya)
Nov 05, 2016 رؤیا (Roya) rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: فلسفی
"کی یر کگارد ترس و لرز را بهترین کتاب خود می دانست. او میگفت این کتاب برای جاودانه کردن نام من کافی است. دیالکتیک تغزلی او, هنر او در وادار ساختن ما به حس کردن خصلت های ویژه این قلمرو مذهب...هرگز چنین ژرف بر ما تاثیر ننهاده است, و نیز هرگز روایتش تا این حد با شخصی ترین جدال هایش در پیوند نبوده است. به گفته هیرش این دشوارترین اثر کی یر کگارد است که در آن بیش از هر اثر دیگر به هر وسیله ای در سرگردان کردن خواننده کوشیده است."

اولین خوانش من از کی یر کگارد که به نظر یکی از بهترین و در حین حال سخت تری
Fatema Hassan , bahrain

" خوف و رعدة "
أنشودة جدلية
تأليف :
-يوحنا الصامت - وهو اسم وهمي لكيركيغارد
كوبنهاغن ١٨٤٣

( الإيمان يبدأ تمامًا عندما يرحل التفكير )
تقوم فلسفة كيركيغارد عمومًا على التمييز بين كل سؤال فلسفي عن وجود الله وبين موقفنا الفردي من الإجابة على هذا السؤال، كل إجابة يجدها العقل بمفرده بإيمانه المطلق، لذلك يجب على كل فرد تكوين علاقة مطلقة مع المطلق/ الله/ دون وساطة خارجية كما يقول كيركيغارد.. بذلك هو يتنقل بالإنسان عبر ثلاث مراحل وجودية ( الجمال/ الأخلاق/ الدين) نستطيع تلخيص اهتماماته الفلسفية عبرهم.

I believe that no philosophical study can be endowed by that which one would call a ‘review’ in the full sense of the word. Philosophy in itself necessarily and inevitably prompts one to think and to construct one’s own opinions, perhaps too abstract and scattered to be coerced into fluid and solid writing, as much as it generally touches on too many and often too varying problems to be presented in a simplified model of preface, main body and conclusion.

In the name of this all, please accept m
Ahmad Sharabiani
Frygt og Bæven = fear and trembling, Søren Kierkegaard
عنوان: ترس و لرز : غزل دیالکتیکی؛ نویسنده: سورن کی یرکگور؛ مترجم: محسن فاطمی؛ تهران، سازمان تبلیغات، 1373؛ در 231 ص؛ چاپ دوم 1374؛ چاپ سوم 1376؛ موضوع: مسیحیت - قرن 20 م
عنوان: ترس و لرز ؛ نویسنده: سورن کی یرکگور؛ مترجم: عبدالکریم رشیدیان؛ تهران، نشر نی، 1378؛ در 173 ص؛ چاپ دوم 1380؛ شابک: 9643124347؛ چاپ پنجم 1385؛ چاپ ششم 1386؛ هفتم 1387؛ هشتم 1388؛ یازدهم 1392؛
عنوان: ترس و لرز ؛ نویسنده: سورن کی یرکگور؛ مترجم: محمدصادق رئیسی؛ تهران، روزگا
Faith, is “the paradox of existence.” It is “look[ing] impossibility in the eye.”

As such, Faith is the subject of this work which Kierkegaard limns through the pseudonymous authorship–a stratagem that I think grants him some of the freedom reserved for the writer of fiction–of one Johannes de silentio. So who is Johannes de silentio?

He is funny:

“Here we already have plenty to speak of for several Sundays, so there is no need to rush.”


“Instead of learning from this that he (t
Sep 05, 2011 Karl rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"Life can only be understood backwards; but it must be lived forwards."

"People demand freedom of speech as a compensation for the freedom of thought which they seldom use."

"The most painful state of being is remembering the future, particularly the one you'll never have."

Such a happy guy. I think the old sitcom Family Ties got it right when the Dad was reading "Kierkegaard for Dads." He summed it up by saying that "no matter how depressed I am, he is even more depressed. I find that strangely
Amin Dorosti
Mar 13, 2017 Amin Dorosti rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
بی تردید این کتاب از هر جهت کتابی فوق العاده است. کتابی ست که تو را با خود به لبه های پرتگاه انسان می برد، به مرزهای اخلاق، مرزهای دین داری، مرز های ایمان، و مرزهای انسانیت. کتاب حکایت ترس و لرز است، ترس و لرزی که به واقع سراپای هستی انسان را یک آن فرا میگیرد و انسان در می ماند، خشک و ناتوان. از آن دست ترس و لرزهایی که در زندگی هر کسی رخ نمی دهد!! ترس و لرزی که چه بسا باید ابراهیم باشی تا بتوانی بدان بترسی و به خود بلرزی، و البته اسماعیل (اسحاق)!
این کتاب یکی از مهم ترین کتاب هایی ست که در سنت فل
Feb 03, 2015 نرگس rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
حالا که دارم بیماری به سوی مرگ رو میخونم این کتاب برام شکل جدیدی پیدا کرده. و راستش فکر میکنم این اختلاف چندین ساله در خواندن این دو کتاب برای من بسیار مناسبت داشته. ترس و لرز رو در اوایل دههی بیست زندگیم خوندم، وقتی سر بسیار پرشوری داشتم و بهترین توصیف برای من "ایدهآلیست" بود. سرخوردگی ناشی از مواجههی تدریجی با واقعیت اما داشت تلخی غریبی رو به ذهنم تحمیل میکرد. در اون وقت خوندن ترس و لرز مثل بازیافتن یک ایمان از دست رفته بود. نوعی ایمان اومانیستی به خودم. ایمان با این کتاب برای من سر و شکل جدید ...more
May 21, 2008 Cap rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I first read this piece in a philosophy class devoted entirely to Kierkegaard. At the time I wasn't overly enthralled with his work. I think I was partly turned off by the know it all sophomore in the graduate level class who insisted on being smack dab in the middle and dominating every conversation.

In the years since, however, after reading other existentialist authors, and seeing K's influence on them, I've gone back to some of his more accessible works. I especially like that most of his ph
Melika Khoshnezhad
برای من فلسفه ی کیرکگارد شاید خلاصه بشه در داستان ابراهیم و برتری ساحت ایمان نسبت به ساحت اخلاقی. وقتی کیرکگارد داستان ابراهیم و اینکه حاضر میشه اسحاق رو چون خدا گفته قربانی کنه تعریف می کنه مو بر تن آدم سیخ میشه. اما علاوه بر اون باعث میشه که آدم وحشتناکی اینو بفهمه که ایدئولوژی باعث میشه چه کارهایی از آدما سر بزنه. همین که حاضر باشیم اخلاق رو به اسم خدا، مذهب یا هر عقیده ی دیگه ای کنار بگذاریم باعث شده هم در طول تاریخ هم الان جهان انقدر وحشتناک شه و درسته که منظور کیرکگارد دقیقا همین نبوده ولی ...more

Encore une fois, je suis fâché de ne pas connaître assez Hegel : tant d'auteurs qui se liguent contre lui, et je ne comprends jamais vraiment pourquoi! Dans cet ouvrage, Søren Kierkegaard, un philosophe danois du XIXème siècle nous propose d'examiner quelques paradoxes afin d'éprouver la relation entre la foi et la raison. Pour ce faire, il part à la racine de la foi monothéiste, l'histoire d'Abraham, dont le moment clef est l'épreuve que Yahvé lui impose en lui demandant de sacrifier l'un de se
Tanuj Solanki
The Grand Leap of Faith

First published in The New Indian Express

I hope it is still in vogue among college-going folk to discuss not just the important matters of the day, but also vain philosophical question like, ‘What is the meaning of life?’ Or: ‘Is there a God, and if there is a God, how are we to act?’

I remember discussing such things with friends in the wee hours of hostel rooftop parties. Although the arguments never resolved, they made us feel the need to be better prepared. Anyone who c
Sean Wilson
I'll wholeheartedly admit that I don't completely understand everything in these kinds of philosophy books as I'm not a Kierkegaard scholar and I'm certainly not a philosophy scholar, but I do understand his messages, his profound messages hidden in a cobweb of philosophical jargon, Christian study, Greek mythology references, European fairy tales and some poetry sprinkled on top of it all.

Fear and Trembling is his investigation into the paradox of faith, his complex analysis of Christianity and
Mohammad Mahdi Fallah
ترس و لرز هرچند ظاهری شاعرانه دارد ولی به تمام معنای یک اثر کلاسیک فلسفی است؛ پر از ایدههای بکر و ظرایف فلسفی که فقط میتوان با خواندن مکرر در مکرر متن از آنان پرده برداشت. شاید لذتبخشترین بخش متن، موقعیت کیرکگور در نسبت با ابراهیم است: موقعیت سخن گفتن از تجربه «امر سخنناپذیر» دیگری؛ شخصیتی که کیرکگور برای خود در ابتدای کتاب ترسیم میکند شاعر و سخنور این شهسوار ایمان است، هرچند که در متن دارد که متن شاعر نیستم ولی جز به این طریق، به چه شکلی میتوان موقعیت او را در نسبت با ابراهیم توضیح داد؟ شاید از ...more
علی‌رضا میم
تموم شدنش مصادف شد با شب تاسوعا،
و این بیت که آخرش میگه
که ابراهیم وعده کرد و حسین به جا آورد
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May 20, 2013 kaśyap rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Søren’s pseudonymous author Johannes de Silentio here is trying to come to grips with faith.
Johannes de Silentio himself doesn't seem to understand faith. He is filled with awe and admiration for Abraham but cannot understand him.

Is Abraham a tragic hero? Or is he just a murderer? Or is he a knight of faith?

Abraham here is a knight of faith because he is not just resigned to the fact that he needs to sacrifice his son but he believes that he will not lose Isaac on the strength of absurd. He has
John Doe
Apr 26, 2012 John Doe rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed
It is a meditation on the faith of Abraham. God promises Abraham that his descendants (through Isaac) will out number the stars and that they will be a blessing to the entire world. All Abraham must do is sacrifice his son, Isaac. But how can this blessing happen if Isaac is dead? It doesn't make sense, yet Abraham has faith and does not rely on his own reasoning. He trusts god, and he gets ready to sacrifice his only hope for worldly happiness.

So, in this picture we have two things. First, Abr
Nov 21, 2015 Sarah rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015, nonfiction, classics
I read this book because I'm writing an essay on the Paradox of Faith for my Philosophy of Religion class. I think Kierkegaard's writing is really accessible. I have read many philosophers and Kierkegaard was definitely one of the easier philosophers to read and understand. He writes with wit and although he kind of goes around and around in circles and gets carried away sometimes, his writing is engaging. I think it is a good way to represent the story of Abraham but I still don't think that Go ...more
Megan Fritts
Feb 20, 2011 Megan Fritts rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This one actually took me all last summer to get through. In my defense, though, it was my first experience with Kierkegaard.

The books turns out to be aptly named, as the reader--immediately, upon encountering the first few pages--experiences copious amounts of both fear and trembling.

Ok. But. Worth the effort.

Incredible insight into the life of someone truly passionate about Christianity, and truly desiring to live differently because of it.
Abeer Abdullah
I was shocked at how boring it is, I cant get my self to be interested in theology ever
Dec 12, 2013 Daryan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It is strange how similar in themes the fall and fear and trembling are; an infinite resignation of the absurd; the world is truly absurd, attempts to impose rationale and order have been of no advantage. Religion is analogous to this, one cannot find God or find strong faith without accepting that it cannot be explained in rationale terms, religion is full of paradoxes and absurdities; but making a leap of faith and acceptance of the terms are what evokes real faith. Not the sort of faith that ...more
سید اکبر
Jul 01, 2012 سید اکبر rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
سورن کی یرکگور این کتاب را با نام یوهانس دو سیلنتیو نوشته است. غالب کتاب های وی با نام های دیگر است و جایی گفته است که نمی توان کتاب ها را به وی نسبت داد بلکه به آن نام نسبت دهید.
این کتاب تحلیل داستان ذبح اسحاق -و به روایت قرآنی اسماعیل- است . نویسنده رفتن ابراهیم به سمت کوه موریه را ایمان ابراهیم می داند و وی را شهسوار ایمان می داند.
در این کتاب ایمان، ساحتی فراتر از اخلاق است و در آن ساحت اخلاق تعلیق می شود، نه به این معنا که فعل وی غیر اخلاقی است، بلکه در وادی ایمان، گزاره های اخلاقی معلقند
David Huff
Aug 04, 2016 David Huff rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I knew I was pretty deep in the philosophical pool -- again -- when concepts like "the teleological suspension of the ethical" started to float by, somewhat menacingly. This was also my first exposure to Kierkegaard, whose writing, though dense at times, was very compelling and often quite beautiful.

In this short volume, he wrestled with the Old Testament account of Abraham's journey to the mountain to sacrifice Isaac; he asks deep questions about Abraham's faith, and motives, and actions, all
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Søren Aabye Kierkegaard was a prolific 19th century Danish philosopher and theologian. Kierkegaard strongly criticised both the Hegelianism of his time and what he saw as the empty formalities of the Church of Denmark. Much of his work deals with religious themes such as faith in God, the institution of the Christian Church, Christian ethics and theology, and the emotions and feelings of individua ...more
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