A Critique on Person in Kierkegaard
Xavier Pfokrehe Mao
  • ISBN : 9789386682659
  • year : 2020
  • language : English
  • binding : Hardbound
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The author attempts to critically probe and creatively interprets the Existential philosophy of S. Kierkegaard (1813-1855). For him it is the philosopher Hegel primarily had encouraged the conflation between thought and reality into one whole. Further, for him Hegelian Idealism has suppressed the unique human individual. He passionately embraced the conception of faith through intensified subjectivity that avoided rational debate. Each human is unique. This uniqueness is highlighted in the religious life and not in the aesthetic or ethical life. The human person for Kierkegaard is not the Crowd but such person is the singled out of the crowd. Though the author deeply appreciates Kierkegaard's penetrating insight into the unique individuality of the human person yet he is at a great puzzle to comprehend and accept Kierkegaard's encounter with the Christian God. The author profoundly feels that Kierkegaard has not fully reconditioned himself his childhood Christian conditioning. The author fully appreciates when Kierkegaard asserts that it is the supreme subjectivity which is experienced only in the deepest inwardness. Perhaps this fundamental disagreement arises between Kierkegaard and the author because of the different basic commitments to life as the author is an agnostic whereas Kierkegaard is an Christian believer.