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date: 27 October 2021

p. 705. Truth and subjectivitylocked

p. 705. Truth and subjectivitylocked

  • Patrick Gardiner


The two major works of Kierkegaard that reflect his reputation as a religious thinker are Philosophical Fragments and Concluding Unscientific Postscript. ‘Truth and subjectivity’ examines these works and what Kierkegaard intended by them. His aim was to exhibit, as explicitly and forcefully as possible, the true significance of the ‘misunderstanding between speculative philosophy and Christianity’ which he thought to be endemic to the intellectual outlook of his age. He illustrated the incarnation as emotionally or morally outrageous in the idea of dumbfounding expectations or upsetting accepted valuations, but the conclusion that he wanted to stress of its offensiveness to the intellect seems irresistible in the light of his frequent asseverations to that effect.

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