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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. …
Soren Kierkegaard unquestionably belongs in this category of ‘crisis’. The following will examine the topic or subject of what it means to exist, and specifically, within the thought and writing of Kierkegaard, it will be argued that the ‘knight of faith’ is the individual who is capable of affirming existence in the sense in which it is presented in Fear and Trembling. 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’. ...
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