Ideas from 'Concluding Unscientific Postscript' by Søren Kierkegaard [1846], by Theme Structure

[found in 'Concluding Unscientific Postscript' by Kierkegaard,Søren (ed/tr Hannay,Alistair) [CUP 2009,]].

green numbers give full details    |     back to texts     |     expand these ideas


1. Philosophy / D. Nature of Philosophy / 5. Aims of Philosophy / d. Philosophy as puzzles
I conceived it my task to create difficulties everywhere
3. Truth / A. Truth Problems / 3. Value of Truth
Pure truth is for infinite beings only; I prefer endless striving for truth
3. Truth / A. Truth Problems / 8. Subjective Truth
The highest truth we can get is uncertainty held fast by an inward passion
16. Persons / B. Nature of the Self / 2. Ethical Self
The real subject is ethical, not cognitive
23. Ethics / F. Existentialism / 1. Existentialism
While big metaphysics is complete without ethics, personal philosophy emphasises ethics
Speculative philosophy loses the individual in a vast vision of humanity
23. Ethics / F. Existentialism / 6. Authentic Self
Becoming what one is is a huge difficulty, because we strongly aspire to be something else
People want to lose themselves in movements and history, instead of being individuals
28. God / A. Divine Nature / 2. Divine Nature
God does not think or exist; God creates, and is eternal
28. God / B. Proving God / 3. Proofs of Evidence / d. Religious Experience
God cannot be demonstrated objectively, because God is a subject, only existing inwardly
28. God / C. Attitudes to God / 2. Pantheism
Pantheism destroys the distinction between good and evil
29. Religion / D. Religious Issues / 1. Religious Commitment / e. Fideism
Without risk there is no faith
Faith is the highest passion in the sphere of human subjectivity