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Product Details

  • Paperback: 120 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (April 26, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1461078415
  • ISBN-13: 978-1461078418
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.3 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #28,544 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Fear and Trembling is among the best-known and influential works in nineteenth- and twentieth-century philosophic theology and literature . . . The Book on Adler [is] one of the dark jewels in the history of philosophic psychology. As an examiner of the lives of the mind, of the associative pulses of the imagination, Kierkegaard has only two peers. His inquisition into Adler stands beside those descents into the deeps of the human psyche performed by Dostoevsky and by Nietzsche.” –from the Introduction by George Steiner --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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Two works in one volume. Introduction by George Steiner; Translation by Walter Lowrie --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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Soren Aabye Kierkegaard (1813-1855) was a 19th century Danish philosopher and theologian, generally recognized as the first existentialist philosopher.

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Very dense but interesting.
irving nelson
This edition is an on-demand print-up of the version available on iTunes/iBook - down to the typos but without the preface.
wiseprotector
There are open parentheses not followed by closed parentheses.
Flem Snopes

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57 of 58 people found the following review helpful By Scheisseler on January 26, 2009
Format: Paperback
Fear and Trembling This is not a review of Kierkegaard's work (which is a seminal piece of modern philosophy), but instead of the quality of the Wilder Publications edition. Most of the reviews you will see of this title here on Amazon refer to the Penguin Classic edition, which would undoubtedly have to be a better-produced version of this book. The Wilder edition is a thin, print-on-demand paperback that resembles a pamphlet more than a book. There is no text on the spine (good luck finding this after it's been on your bookshelf for a few months) and there are no credits beyond Kierkegaard's -- that's right, no one takes or is given credit (or blame) for the translation. It's not enough to say I wouldn't have paid the asking price had I seen this in a store -- I WOULD NOT HAVE BOUGHT THIS if I had seen it in a store.

Print-on-demand publishers are responsible for keeping some great work available. Some of them are also responsible for presenting that work in the poorest possible light. Choose this book from a publisher you've heard of.
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39 of 40 people found the following review helpful By Aegis on January 1, 2010
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
The description of this kindle book promises the whole text. However, the text from which it is derived is an abridgement consisting of only 1/3 of Fear and Trembling. While the material itself is of high quality this editon failed to meet my expectations. Half of the content was simply a summary of Kierkegaard (grealt resembling the wikipedia entry) instead of the actual text. It's not worth paying money for a public domain author when you don't even receive the whole work.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 4, 2004
Format: Hardcover
It pleases me that so many readers have reviewed "Fear and Trembling" at amazon.com, yet infuriates me that so few have written anything of substance for those who wish to know whether Everyman's edition is the one to buy. Yes, "Fear and Trembling" is a response to Hegel. Yes, the story of Abraham is central to it. Truly, my hat is off to those who have thought carefully and insightfully about this work; however, most of amazon.com's reader reviews of "F&T" merely restate what one finds in Steiner's introduction--which (surprise, surprise!) is available to every passerby, thanks to Amazon.com's "look inside" option.

Ignore the critical interpretations available here, and skip directly to Steiner's introduction. What you will find there should convince you that this is the translation worth your money. Quite simply, Steiner writes beautifully, with an almost hypnotizing lyrical precision. And while Steiner isn't the translator, the flavor and quality of his prose closely matches that of the translation itself; I have yet to find another translation of "F&T" that I believe compares to Everyman's.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Poncho Party on August 28, 2012
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This (the AMAZON edition, not the Penguin) is perhaps the worst translation I've ever seen in my life. I have asked Amazon for my money back. Unbelievably bad grammatical and syntactical errors make this version unreadable. It is as if someone just ran this book through Google Translate and printed and sold it. Absolutely terrible. I am going to look for the Penguin version of this book now. Do not purchase this version, waste of money. To repeat, purchase the Penguin Classics version of this book, not the Amazon LLC. version (the one with the image of Abraham, the angel, and Isaac on the cover is the bad version). I usually do not leave negative reviews but I must express how bad this was. Truly awful.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By wiseprotector on November 28, 2012
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This edition is an on-demand print-up of the version available on iTunes/iBook - down to the typos but without the preface. (Which preface is, in my opinion, an integral part of the work.)

The translator is Walter Lowrie. It took a bit of searching, but the text (without the typos) is available on [...] , and this is where one can find the translator's name. Not in this book, and not in the iBook file. The date of the translation is given as 1941.

It is apparent that the file used to print this edition was a scan of some other edition, because of the nature of the typos. Eg, "Iie" instead of "He".

I don't know how accurate the translation is (Lowrie was, from what I can find, a "gifted amateur" insofar as Danish is concerned but he is somewhat _un_gifted when it comes to punctuation), but there's a driving force to the prose which I quite like. .

Finally, it seems to me that Amazon should make the nature of this sort of edition clearer. For $10 + shipping$$ to Europe, I could have printed it up at home and had $10 left over for a nice sacrificial lamb.

Shame on the printer for not putting the name of the translator. And even more shame for the "all rights reserved" paragraph.
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18 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Vincent Poirier on November 19, 2011
Format: Paperback
Atheists need to read this book. Empathy is a good thing and we need to understand the suffering of those who chose faith as a way of dealing with the world, however misguided they happen to be.

Philosophers reflect the times in which they live. In the 19th century, technology and industry were progressing but so was large-scale warfare. As our lot improved, we gradually became aware of how bad things were. Through physics and engineering, man was conquering his world and so philosophers believed they too would soon understanding everything.

Kierkegaard correctly condemns the hubris of those philosophers who seek to "go beyond faith". His existentialism stands in stark contrast to the posturing of Hegel and the ramblings of Marx. Kierkegaard screams out man's pain and seeks refuge in Christian faith. But Kierkegaard is no mere fire and brimstone preacher. He is honest enough to see the core problem in Christianity and brave enough to attack it head on. In a word, faith is absurd.

Abraham is the father of faith to the three monotheistic myths, and according to Kierkegaard faith was born at a precise moment in the biblical story of Abraham. Faith was born when Abraham accepted god's command to sacrifice his son Isaac on an altar with a knife. He accepted this command, knew he would plunge the knife into his son despite the unbearable suffering this would cause him, and knew as well that everything would work out. Kierkegaard is crystal clear on this point: Abraham knew he would kill his son and he knew things would work out. That is faith and that is absurd and Kierkegaard revels dumbfounded in this fact.

He then justifies Abraham's act with his concept of a "teleological suspension of the ethical".
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