Augenblick : the concept of the 'decisive moment' in 19th- by Koral Ward

By Koral Ward

Augenblick, that means actually 'In the blink of an eye', describes a 'decisive second' in time that's either fleeting but momentously eventful, even epoch-makingly major. during this ebook, Koral Ward investigates the advance of the idea that into one of many center principles in Western existential philosophy along such techniques as nervousness and person freedom.Ward examines the total quantity of the assumption of the 'decisive moment', within which an individual's whole life-project is open to a thorough reorientation. From its inception in Kierkegaard's works to the writings of Jaspers and Heidegger, she attracts on an unlimited array of resources past simply the traditional figures of nineteenth and twentieth century Continental philosophy, discovering rules and examples in images, cinema, tune, artwork, and the fashionable novel

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88 Kierkegaard, Christian Discourses (Oxford University Press, New York, 1961), p. 103. , pp. 104–105. 90 Martinez, Roy, ‘Kierkegaard’s Ideal of Inward Deepening’, Philosophy Today, Summer, 1988; 32, p. 110. 84 85 Of Time and The Eternal, Søren Kierkegaard’s Moment [Øieblik] 19 Transition, Change and the Leap The Interlude then, is a transitional stage, a pause for, or of thought before moving toward a resolution. Kierkegaard discriminates his meaning of ‘transition’ from the term as used in Hegelian logic and philosophy.

P. 18, Swenson, p. 22. 70 Kierkegaard, Fragments, Hong translation, p. 36. (Swenson (p. ) 64 65 16 Augenblick presents the absolute paradox as a metaphysical ‘caprice’, that is as a sudden and unaccountable change of thinking. As a ‘caprice’ the word is linked to ‘sudden start’ and is related to the concept of religious awe at the experience of something holy [or numinous71]. It leaves the reason without any means of broaching the impasse of thought. The understanding might be said to stand agape and agog at the paradox, suggesting an unblinking hiatus before a resolution.

170 In the Preface to Fragments Kierkegaard offers an ironic apologia for the book’s being produced from outside the realm of legitimate scholarly endeavour. In doing so he identifies himself as an outsider, the implication being that it is the very position outside that enables him to speak of what is of critical importance to the time. He refers to Fragments as ‘merely a pamphlet’, it being ‘impossible’ that anyone would ‘attribute world-historical importance to a pamphlet’,171 indeed it being considered so would endanger his project and assume its author had more importance than he actually has.

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