Chapter

‘No Philosophy…’

Murray A. Rae

in Kierkegaard's Vision of the Incarnation

Published in print December 1997 | ISBN: 9780198269403
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191683633 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198269403.003.0012
‘No Philosophy…’

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Of all the chapters in Climacus's Philosophical Fragments, Chapter 3 proved to be the most difficult to read as it seemed to be a step back from the task of determining incarnation rather it offered some direct criticisms of natural theology. However, unlike in his preceding chapters wherein the pretentiousness of humanity's claims for truth is attacked in the latter part, Chapter 3 provides a charge against metaphysics at the outset. This chapter aims to demonstrate the unjust allegations that Kierkegaard's presentation of the Christian faith is both irrational and fideistic. Topics included in this chapter are the paradox of ‘ how’ faith, the paradox of ‘what’ faith, and the paradox in historical dress.

Keywords: Philosophical Fragments; incarnation; natural theology; Christian faith; paradoxes; metaphysics

Chapter.  10983 words. 

Subjects: Christian Theology

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