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Journalism & Communication
Pages 11 (2761 words)
For a number of historical and cultural reasons, the intellectual strains of nineteenth century thought could be described in terms of being in a crisis. Perhaps Nietzsche’s proclamation concerning the ‘death of god’ best conveys this crisis. The ‘death of god’ is not meant in literal terms, but in the sense that older forms of ascertaining values and meaning for existence, no longer work without a corollary ‘faith’ in ‘god’, so to speak.
Likewise with Hegel, the notion of 'death' or 'is not' is always associated with its opposite, namely, 'being' or what is. To maintain that 'god is not' as Nietzsche argues, supposes too that she also is. Where some individuals are willing to risk their lives – to be 'what is not'', they must have faith in the reasonableness of this assumption. This parallel between Kierkegaard and Hegel will be kept in mind in the following analysis. What will be outlined first, is his notion of the truth of subjectivity in Kierkegaard. This is an important consideration for what will follow, given that it is an argument which best describes what existence ‘does not mean’, so to speak. It will be argued that his notion of subjectivity is born out of a sense of alienation from ‘traditional’ Christianity, and from Platonism, and that ‘faith’ itself is coextensive with ‘subjectivity’. Following this analysis of the truth of subjectivity, and what he means by subjectivity and the ‘form’ of isolation associated with the ‘knight of faith’. ...
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