Subjectivity is Truth…Yet Begins in Error

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:
Subjectivity is Truth…Yet Begins in Error

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The Philosophical Fragments begins with the question: ‘Can the Truth be learned’. Johannes Climacus, the author of the Fragments, gives an affirmative response to the question but his proposal for how the Truth may be learned sharply contrasts to the rationalist, the idealist and the romantic strategies proposed by Western philosophical tradition. Where the tradition has looked to some human capacity such as reason, imagination and memory, Climacus proposes that the condition for learning the Truth is faith, an unmerited and entirely gratuitous gift from God. This chapter discusses and examines the insistent proposal of Climacus and Kierkegaard himself that the understanding of the Truth is far from being a human fabrication, rather, it is gift bestowed by God. In this chapter, the concept of subjectivity in learning the Truth is carefully assessed.

Keywords: Climacus; Kierkegaard; Truth; faith; Western philosophy; subjectivity

Chapter.  9862 words. 

Subjects: Christian Theology

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