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Philosophical Fragments

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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, Kierkegaard's Writings #7, 400 pages
Published November 1st 1985 by Princeton University Press (NJ) (first published 1844)
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Sep 03, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: philosophy
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.
Justin Evans
Jan 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: philosophy
Two interesting works, though both require a fairly hefty amount of background knowledge, and a willingness to wade through K's more-Hegel-than-Hegel style, which is... well, it's as bad as Hegel.

Johannes Climacus, the second work here, was written first, and not finished. The point is fairly clear, nonetheless: it's meant to be a practical refutation of the idea that philosophy should 'begin with doubt.' In vulgar historical terms, Descartes decided that that was how philosophy should be done;
Feb 10, 2008 rated it did not like it
Shelves: non-fiction
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
Jan 03, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: turiu, danai
Iš visos knygos supratau tik tiek, kad svarbiausia yra apsisprendimo akimirka. Ir to vieno supratimo man visiškai užtenka.
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,
Jan 08, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: philosophy
What a weird, insightful book. It proceeds as a kind of hypothetical argument -- what if Socrates is not enough? what if philosophy is not enough? what if man cannot find truth on his own? what if man requires the condition of truth from another? -- and develops an intriguing sort of hypothetical dialectical conception of Christianity on that basis. I suspect it is more brilliant than I realize; I need to spend much more time with it. I give it four stars rather than five only because one must e ...more
Ali Reda
Nov 27, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: philosophy
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
May 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: sjc
No book has ever made me consider Christianity like this one did. Socrates or Christ - pick one! Those are the only two choices!

I'm not sure what to make of the final biographical sketch of "Climacus," but I enjoyed the description of his dad.
Albert Yeh
Feb 24, 2010 rated it it was amazing
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
Sep 11, 2014 rated it liked it
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
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
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).
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...
Dec 31, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What is this enigmatic little book? A philosophical pre-evangelism? A philosophical presentation of the gospel? Or an explanation of the gospel for the post-philosophical? In any case, long before Alasdair MacIntyre, Kierkegaard presented us with a choice: Socrates or Jesus?
Mar 16, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-2011
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?"
Dec 08, 2007 rated it it was ok
didn't like as much
Kuigi huvitav ja mitmekordset lugemist nõudev raamat, siis esimeseks tutvuseks Kierkegaardiga pole ilmselt kõige parem (lihtsam) valik.
Luke Echo
Aug 15, 2015 rated it liked it
I'm really not enjoying Kierkegaard. He has some very interesting ideas but his waffling, meandering writing is proving painful and annoying.
Stuart Marlatt
I have to confess that, as much as I appreciate Kierkegaard, I'm struggling to stay involved here.
Billy Jack  Blankenship
For Masters Program.
Mar 29, 2010 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...
Jan 29, 2011 marked it as do-not-plan-to-read
Shelves: philosophy
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.
Jun 10, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: philosophy
An interesting piece on belief, as well as an early existentialist text.
May 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It is very difficult to read and even more difficult to comprehend..but I love it!
Keegan Hatt
Nov 27, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Carl Hesler
May 15, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: philosophy
I don't remember a thing from this.
Apr 24, 2008 rated it liked it
Good for perspective
Job Dalomba
Dec 03, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: philosophy
I always find SK to be a page turner whether I agree or not.
Oct 25, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: philosophy
Filosofie begint met twijfel, men moet getwijfeld hebben om te kunnen filosoferen, nieuwere filosofie begint met twijfel.
Nikita Shewale
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Goodreads Librari...: combine editions 2 11 Jan 05, 2015 06:09AM  
  • The Encyclopaedia Logic: The Encyclopaedia of Philosophical Sciences 1 with the Zusatze
  • The Essential Plotinus
  • On the Advantage and Disadvantage of History for Life
  • Cartesian Meditations: An Introduction to Phenomenology
  • Theaetetus
  • Essays on the Theory of Numbers
  • What Is Philosophy?
  • Summa Contra Gentiles: Book 1: God
  • Church Dogmatics 1.1: The Doctrine of the Word of God
  • Proslogium/Monologium/Cur Deus Homo/In Behalf of the Fool
  • Warranted Christian Belief
  • The Blue and Brown Books
  • How to Read Kierkegaard
  • Don Giovanni in Full Score
  • Pure Immanence: Essays on a Life
  • Discourse on Metaphysics and Other Essays
  • Religion within the Limits of Reason Alone
  • The Idea of a University
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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“one cannot seek for what he knows, and it seems equally impossible for him to seek for what he does not know. For what a man knows he cannot seek, since he knows it; and what he does not know he cannot seek, since he does not even know for what to seek.” 3 likes
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