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Creation and Angst in Kierkegaard

Charles K. Bellinger

in The Genealogy of Violence

Published in print May 2001 | ISBN: 9780195134988
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780199833986 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0195134982.003.0003
Creation and Angst in Kierkegaard

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The Christian idea that creation is an ongoing event is found at the heart of Kierkegaard's thought. The incompleteness of creation lies behind the uniquely human emotion: angst (which arises out of the nondetermined nature of human psychology). The fall into sin occurs when humans seek to manage their angst by removing themselves from the process of creation. Kierkegaard's concept of angst is contrasted with the concept of fear in David Hume and Ernest Becker.

Keywords: angst; anxiety; Becker; Continuing creation; Hume; sin

Chapter.  6894 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Religion

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