Chapter

<i>Felix Fragilitas</i> in <i>The Concept of Anxiety</i>

Jason A. Mahn

in Fortunate Fallibility

Published in print July 2011 | ISBN: 9780199790661
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199897391 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199790661.003.0003

Series: AAR Reflection and Theory in the Study of Religion Series

Felix Fragilitas in The Concept of Anxiety

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This chapter traces how Kierkegaard comes to terms with the goodness of human fragility over and against Hegel's speculative felix culpa. It examines how The Concept of Anxiety criticizes Hegel's understanding of moral evil through logical categories. The chapter also shows how Hegel's speculative, univocal, and justificatory (or “theodical”) understandings of sin are repeated by modern interpreters such as Phillip Quinn and Gregory Beabout. Against such conceptions, the chapter underscores that sin is absurd—unthinkable and unproductive. Yet for Haufniensis the possibility of sin, subjectively registered by a person's anxiety, might help make faith possible, leading to an alternative conception of “fortunate fragility.” By tracing two distinct rhetorical voices running throughout Anxiety, the chapter explores ways to think about sin without explaining it.

Keywords: Kierkegaard; Hegel; theodicy; Quinn; Beabout; Concept of Anxiety; anxiety; Idealism; evil

Chapter.  14877 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Religion

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