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Facing Abraham
Seven Readings of Søren Kierkegaard's 'Fear and Trembling'


Editors:  Depoortere F.

Year: 2017
ISBN: 978-90-429-3430-6
Pages: VI-173 p.
Price: 46 EURO

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Søren Kierkegaard’s Fear and Trembling is a classic in both theology and philosophy alike. In what is probably his most well-known book, Denmark’s most famous philosopher muses, through his pseudonym Johannes de Silentio, about the Akedah story, the story within the book of Genesis which recounts Abraham’s binding of his son Isaac as a sacrifice to God. This collection brings together seven essays that read Fear and Trembling as a classic, that is: as a work that can speak meaningfully to people in different places and at different times, and that can be read fruitfully from within a diversity of theoretical frameworks and approaches. Fear and Trembling is linked here, not only with other important philosophers, such as Adorno, Heidegger and Westphal, but it is also related to the so-called “non-metaphysical” approach to Hegel and to the debate on the “ethics of belief”. Questions are raised about Fear and Trembling and religious diversity, historical criticism, and authorial intent, and the work is approached from within poetry (Erik Johan Stagnelius) and drama (Paul Claudel), but also from within one contributor’s personal experiences with theological education. In this way, the seven contributions brought together in the present book offer something of a panoramic view on Fear and Trembling, a view that may inspire to either turn or return to Kierkegaard’s most famous book, and let oneself, for the first time or once more, be challenged, disturbed, and maybe even repelled by this text that reflects on a father that is, or at least seems, willing to sacrifice his only son because God ordered him to do so.

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