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Philosophical Fragments (Writings, Vol 7)

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This volume contains a new translation, with a historical introduction by the translators, of two works written under the pseudonym Johannes Climacus. This book varies in tone and substance from the other works so attributed, but it is dialectically related to them, as well as to the other pseudonymous writings.

This translation of Kierkegaard's deals with the na
Paperback, 400 pages
Published November 1st 1985 by Princeton University Press (NJ) (first published 1844)
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How Do We Know the Truth?

In Plato's Meno, an argument is raised that there is no such thing as a "truth seeker", because if a man knows the truth already, there is no need to seek, and if he doesn't, he can't seek, since he wouldn't recognize it even if he stumbles upon it. Socrates' solution to Meno's paradox is Recollection, i.e., the soul, which is immortal, already possesses knowledge of all things in herself from eternity, and only needs to remember or recollect them in the moment in time.
As part of an undergraduate degree in philosophy, I was required to complete a course in 19th/20th century philosophy. Knowing nothing of the writings of Soren Kierkegaard, I chose to spend a semester immersed in his major works. To say that this was a mistake would be the height of understatement.

Kierkegaard's writings (all of them as far as I could tell) are gibberish, wrapped in a cloak of supernaturalism, wrapped in a cloak of gibberish. I strained for hours with single sentences, attempting
This pertains to Fragments (or "Crumbs" [Smuler], as it should have been translated), as I haven't read Johannes Climacus yet, but I consider it "read" all the same.

First off, I found this to be an exciting text, as here Kierkegaard, under the pseudonym Johannes Climacus, articulates important thoughts regarding his own project of indirect communication fairly early in his career (1844). Climacus writes that Socrates "was and continued to be a midwife, not because he 'did not have the positive,
Jacob Stubbs
So, this book is fascinating. Kierkegaard undertakes a thought project to determine whether faith can be understood through reason. If we can arrive at the truth through our own devices, we become Socratics, for the Truth is within us. If we cannot, or at least not fully (there's many a book and four different ways of reading this that are dedicated to this understanding the extent of this relationship), arrive at the truth through our own devices, then position B, the Christian position is corr ...more
Ali Reda
The Paradox Of Reason

The supreme paradox of all thought is the attempt to discover something that thought cannot think. This passion is at bottom present in all thinking, even in the thinking of the individual, in so far as in thinking he participates in something transcending himself. But habit dulls our sensibilities, and prevents us from perceiving it.

I cannot know it, for in order to know it I would have to know god, and the nature of the difference between god and man; and this I cannot kno
This was tougher read than "Fear and Trembling" but still interesting. Climacus takes a more (self-described) "algebraic" approach to the discussion of faith in this book. He emphasizes the god's relationship to humanity and the utter necessity of the god's condescension. Prominently displayed in this book are discussions of "the absolute," living truth versus untruth, and the conditions for faith. Overall, I found reading this particular Kierkegaardian piece informative and quite different from ...more
Albert Yeh
Probably one of Kierkegaard's less appreciated books, nonetheless it's a great work if one keeps in mind Kierkegaard's sometimes ironic relationship with philosophy and philosophic study. Many people who discount this work (and his other works) should probably read the introduction (the biography of Johannes Climacus) as a Kierkegaard's own tongue-in-cheek way of discounting the philosophy of his pseudonyms (or maybe not...I shouldn't impose my own thoughts about Kierkegaard's intentions onto th ...more
Gerhard Kleynhans
People understand me so little that they do not even understand when I complain of being misunderstood.
—Søren Kierkegaard, Journals Feb. 1836

This complaint by the author I now fully understand. However, I think there is much potential reward for the Christian reader open for resonance with the profound ideas offered by the author. I do not provide a rating, since a rating of this work simply reflects the resonance (or lack thereof) felt by the reader pondering these ideas (or not).
It had been over two decades since I last read this book and, if anything, it was even more dazzling and inspiring this time. What does Athens have to do with Jerusalem? For Kierkegaard, the answer is absolutely nothing. Socrates leads us to find the truth that lies within. Once it has been discovered, we no longer need the teacher. Christ, however, is the Teacher with whom we can live without. He doesn't 'awaken' anything but leads us instead to the New Life. It is a powerful argument and what ...more
Job Dalomba
I always find SK to be a page turner whether I agree or not.
I had to read Kierkegaard in college, chose to pick it up again - just to make sure I didn't miss anything. How did this guy ever become known as a philospher? There is nothing logical in his arguments... My aim is to re-read all of the philosophy books I still have from college. I remember putting the ancients in perspective for the 80's, now I'd like to read them from a millenium perspective...
Philosophy just depresses me. This is great as literature and he's kinda hilarious, but the ideas in it and that he's addressing and that I've been reading by other people lately are all just useless nonsense. The world doesn't work the way they're analyzing it. They say nothing to be about my life. I'm going back to just fiction. Fiction is fitness for feelings.
Beautiful and challenging. Here's SK on his purpose: "When a man has filled his mouth so full of food that for this reason he cannot eat and it must end with his dying of hunger, does giving food consist in stuffing his mouth even more or, instead, in taking a little away so that he can eat?"
Jun 05, 2012 Robert marked it as do-not-plan-to-read
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I had these from college, but I know I got rid of them at the used book store in Ocean City, NJ circa 1991. But circa 1994, I re-purchased this. I do not believe I ever read this copy of the book.
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Nov 26, 2012 Sarah marked it as to-read
This will be the fifth time I have attempted to finish this book. Each time I get a little closer...
Stuart Marlatt
I have to confess that, as much as I appreciate Kierkegaard, I'm struggling to stay involved here.
An interesting piece on belief, as well as an early existentialist text.
Carl Hesler
I don't remember a thing from this.
Good for perspective
didn't like as much
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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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