By Søren Kierkegaard, Howard V. Hong, Edna H. Hong
In Philosophical Fragments the pseudonymous writer Johannes Climacus explored the query: what's required to be able to transcend Socratic recollection of everlasting principles already possessed by means of the learner? Written as an afterword to this paintings, Concluding Unscientific Postscript is on one point a philosophical jest, but on one other it really is Climacus's characterization of the subjective thinker's relation to the reality of Christianity. immediately ironic, funny, and polemical, this paintings takes at the "unscientific" kind of a mimical-pathetical-dialectical compilation of rules. while the move within the prior pseudonymous writings is clear of the cultured, the circulate in Postscript is clear of speculative concept. Kierkegaard meant Postscript to be his concluding paintings as an writer. the next "second authorship" after The Corsair Affair made Postscript the turning element within the complete authorship. half one of many textual content quantity examines the reality of Christianity as an aim factor, half the subjective factor of what's concerned for the person in turning into a Christian, and the amount ends with an addendum within which Kierkegaard recognizes and explains his relation to the pseudonymous authors and their writings. the second one quantity comprises the scholarly equipment, together with a key to references and chosen entries from Kierkegaard's journals and papers.
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Greater Hippias, 304 a PREFACE [VII v] Rarely, perhaps, has a literary undertaking been so favored by fate in accord with the author’s wishes as has my Philosophical Fragments. Doubtful and reticent as I am with regard to every private opinion and self-appraisal, I do without any doubt dare to say truthfully one thing concerning the fate of the little pamphlet:1 it has aroused no sensation, none whatever. Undisturbed and in accordance with the motto (“Better well hanged than ill wed”2), the hanged, indeed, the well-hanged, author has remained hanging.
In relation to an eternal happiness and an impassioned, infinite interest in this (the former can be only in the latter), an iota is of importance, of infinite importance; or conversely: despair over the contradiction will teach him precisely that it is of no avail to press forward along this road. And yet that is how things have gone on. One generation after the other has died; new difficulties have arisen, have been conquered, and new difficulties have arisen. As an inheritance from generation to generation, the illusion has persisted that the method is the correct one, but the learned research scholars have not yet succeeded etc.
The dialectician, however, has not yet achieved dialectical intrepidity; otherwise this intrepidity would soon teach him to smile ironically at a proposition in which the thimblerigger has to such a degree assured himself of subterfuges, for it is indeed ludicrous to treat everything as completed and then to say at the end [Slutning] that the conclusion [Slutning] is lacking. [VII 5] This should therefore have been said at the beginning. But if the conclusion is lacking at the beginning, this means that there is no system.