On Soren Kierkegaard's The Sickness Unto Death (1849), with some discussion of Fear and Trembling (1843)
What is the self? Kierkegaard says 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.
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Running Time: 1 hr., 56 min. Recorded: November 7, 2010. Participants: Mark, Wes, Seth, Daniel Horne
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Joshua Wright –
This Kierkegaard conversation will be most enjoyed by people like me: Christians who immediately identify with the despair K. Is writing about. I don’t know how few we are, but if you are one of us, one of the few who are drawn to want to get it, you will love this podcast. Thanks PEL fellas for relating to me on the relation that relates itself to itself. Or was it the relation’s relating itself to itself in the relation? And they call Jesus a mystery.
Mark Linsenmayer (verified owner) –
Thanks, Joshua! I’ll be interested to see what you think of the other ep. on K that we did just a few months ago… took us a long time to get back to him!