La magnifica storia di Abramo in "Timore e tremore"
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Kierkegaard’s Fear and Trembling was published in 1843 under the pseudonym Johannes de Silentio. In this work the author enquires about the history of Abraham, the father of faith. The polemic background of the writing consists in the interpretations given by the commentators, historians, and philosophers of that time, who connected the concerned events to a completely out-of-date past. In this close confrontation with the Bible and its interpretations, the Philosopher addresses the conditions necessary for an effective understanding and transmission of the story: empathizing with its characters; trying to become their peer; the subjectivity of interpretation, in contrast with the asserted objectivity of the scientific approach. These topics are to be dealt with in the author’s later works. Nevertheless, that of Abraham is a story that keeps awake and doesn’t allow going beyond, hiding as it does a paradox neither comprehensible nor fit to be told. The complex dialectical lyric strategy employed by Johannes in order to get to know it and make it an object of communication is thus still to be highlighted.
Keywords: S.A. Kierkegaard, existential comprehension, existential communication, faith, reason, singular individual
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