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"...the reader who thinks to wait for the next 'better' edition and translation of this remarkable text will be almost certainly be waiting for quite some time."
Christopher Nelson, The Catholic Historical Review

"Walsh renders the Danish text in English prose that is both attractive and accurate. Her multiple footnotes ably identify literary, philosophical, biblical, and classical allusions, thus assisting novice readers to enter the world of the text with confidence...The edition belongs in all undergraduate as well as graduate or divinity school libraries that feature other volumes by or about Soren Kierkegaard." --Religious Studies Review

"...a book that is, in terms of its translation, introduction and notes, a very worthy addition to the series of which it is a part." --John Lippitt, University of Hertfordshire: Philosophy in Review

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In this rich and resonant work, Kierkegaard reflects on the biblical story of God's command to Abraham that he sacrifice his son Isaac as a test of faith. This volume, first published in 2006, presents the first new English translation for twenty years, by Sylvia Walsh, together with an introduction by C. Stephen Evans.

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  • Series: Cambridge Texts in the History of Philosophy
  • Paperback: 190 pages
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press; 1 edition (July 24, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0521612691
  • ISBN-13: 978-0521612692
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.4 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #53,961 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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29 of 31 people found the following review helpful By D. F. Whipple on May 13, 2008
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With its muted, textual appearance and the word "Cambridge" hovering on top of the front cover, this edition of Fear and Trembling may scare off prospective readers, who are forgiven if they think, at first glance, this edition is aimed at dedicated specialists.

It's not. Within these covers is a page-turning, logically-presented and faithfully-executed rendition of Kierkegaard's magnum opus: an edition suitable for almost anyone. The introduction by Baylor University's C. Stephen Evans is the most lucid commentary on Fear and Trembling I've ever read. Engaging, terse and fluid, Evans's essay lays the groundwork for a translation that conveys the Copenhagen writer's lyrical, dramatic and philosophic intentions with equal aplomb. When compared with the Penguin Classics edition, this rendition is more accessible, a quality I attribute to Sylvia Walsh's sensitive understanding of the original text and Evans's ability to relay Kierkegaard's stealthy, pseudonymous writings to a modern audience.

Some additional notes: 1) rather than merely document information, Evans conveys the author's jocularity and spirit (e.g., "Tuning Up" and "A Preliminary Outpouring from the Heart" instead of the Penguin edition's "Attunement" and "Preamble from the Heart);" 2) the footnotes provide helpful contexts and insights; 3) the layout and font help to stave off reader fatigue; 4) despite its accessibility, the translation is accurate (e.g., the way in which the distinction between an individual and the particular is navigated), and 5) allusions to icons of modern culture (e.g., Martin Luther King and John Lennon) add contemporary relevance to the 19th century Dane's work without cheapening the overall effect.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By BMR on September 28, 2011
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This is one of my favorite works -- BY FAR.

The problem of Abraham -- to put it in the words of Sartre -- is: "am I Abraham?"

Reading Kierkegaard work with this in mind is quite illuminating -- not that it's a difficult work or that you wouldn't get it. You would... and I won't spoil some of the intellectual/philosophical surprises for you because it's such an easy read (finished it in a day or two) that it's worth unfurling them yourself. The problem of Abraham was the only thing I knew about this going into it, and it's really the only thing you need to know.

This should be required reading for every human being -- especially anyone interested in matters of faith, sympathetically or antagonistically.

As far as the edition goes, I've heard from reputable sources that the Hong translations are the "best"... however, buying this without knowing the difference, I was extremely satisfied. I can't recommend those - because I haven't read them - but I will tell you that this edition changed my life. And, it will probably greatly impact yours. It's so good you'll probably read it more than once, so it really doesn't matter which edition you get. Can't go wrong here.

Let me know what you think!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Daruma on May 12, 2013
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the writing is great; a great translation. The theology is quite difficult, if not impossible. Mr. K draws distinctions between philosophers and the ordinary superficial person. But the choice Abraham has to make is quite horrifying. Great reading.
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A deep thinker, Kierkegaard. You really get to liking him very much, even if you can't follow all of it. He's a truth-liker. That is kind of rare in someone who plumbs the depths of humanity--often people make excuses or drift off. Or just posture. It is tough following a thread all the way to the finish--but Kierkegaard takes you a long long way. Moving stuff.
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