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The Sickness unto Death: A Christian Psychological Exposition of Edification & Awakening by Anti-Climacus (Penguin Classics) Paperback – August 1, 1989
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About the Author
Alastair Hannay was educated at the Edinburgh Academy, the University of Edinburgh and University College London. In 1961 he became a resident of Norway and is now Emeritus Professor of Philosophy at the University of Oslo.
- Publisher : Penguin Classics; First Printing edition (August 1, 1989)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 192 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0140445331
- ISBN-13 : 978-0140445336
- Reading age : 18 years and up
- Item Weight : 5.5 ounces
- Dimensions : 5.04 x 0.47 x 7.76 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #175,477 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Lazarus is dead, but Jesus says that he really isn’t (because Jesus can bring him back to life, which he does). Lazarus then actually died later (but not really, because his eternal soul persisted after the death of his physical body). Thus, Lazarus illustrates the nature of the human individual. We are caught between finitude and infinitude and this leads to the attitudes and behaviors which characterize our nature/plight.
The ongoing subject of SK’s reflections is the nature of despair and its relationship to identity, to faith and to human psychology. The reflections are very complex and I did not find the introductory material to be particularly helpful. As with FEAR AND TREMBLING, I recommend that the reader peruse the prefatory material after reading the book, not before.
The core of SK’s argument is, I think, the following: “The self is the conscious synthesis of infinitude and finitude, which relates to itself, whose task is to become itself, which can only be done in the relationship to God . . . . a self, every moment it exists, is in a process of becoming . . . . In so far, then, as the self does not become itself, it is not itself; but not to be oneself is exactly despair” (pp. 59-60). Faith is crucial: “The believer possesses the ever-sure antidote to despair: possibility; since for God everything is possible at every moment. This is the health of faith which resolves contradictions” (p. 70).
The evolutionary nature of the self is very interesting, since it aligns SK with Goethe’s FAUST, where the notion of evolution is pivotal. (Darwin himself came later, but evolutionary thought is pervasive in the late eighteenth century.) This notion of the fluid self, evolving, changing and developing is, of course, central to the thought of the existentialists who were heavily influenced by SK.
Bottom line: a rich and complex meditation on the nature of human identity and its relation to faith.
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Søren Aabye Kierkegaard was a much more gifted thinker than the now celebrated & overrated Nietzsche ever was.
His writing tends to jump around a bit, and sometimes he's difficult to follow, but he quite often turns a phrase or an idea just brilliantly. Especially his ideas on relating to our own relationships was interesting for me, and has helped my own development of thought. I also like how he's kind of saying that people have to get out there and do something, or make choices and struggle, grapple with ideas like faith and death and despair, or else your successful life is simply 'as exchangeable as a coin.'
There's a lot going on in this book. If you're casually into this sort of deeper thought, it's a great book to own, mark up with underlines and notes, and pick up often. It's refreshing in that it's not just cynically dismissive about reality or religion.