As a follow-up to our recent treatment of Fear and Trembling, we wanted to further share this normally paywalled, vintage episode about Kierkegaard’s text from 1849 on the religious way of life, since we spent so much time critiquing the aesthetic way of life and arguing for the ethical way of life.
What is the self? For K. we are a tension between opposites: necessity and possibility, the finite and the infinite, soul and body. He thinks we’re all in despair, whether we know it or not, because we wrongly think we’re something we’re not, or we reject what we are, or we just don’t pay attention to this dynamic at all: we just go along with the crowd. So we need to keep self-examining and (he thinks) ultimately embrace our subservience to God. Given all this, is there anything one can get out of the text if you don’t subscribe to K’s Christianity?
Mark, Wes, and Seth are joined by guest podcaster/Kiekegaard’s lawyer Daniel Horne.
If you appreciate this as a coda to our recent series, be sure to listen also to the latest Philosophy vs. Improv with Jonny Thomson, where the ex-Oxford prof. talks with Mark about Kierkegaard’s three stages in a less formal way.
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